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Connect Newsletter (Nov. 9, 2023)


Connect Newsletter                                       
Nov. 9, 2023

Be The Match: Danny Kim, M.D., Diagnosed with Leukemia in Urgent Need of Blood Stem Cell Donor

Dr. Kim ImageAt Cook Children's, we are family and someone in our family needs help. 

Danny Kim, M.D., a 57-year-old Cook Children’s pediatrician, has been diagnosed with advanced leukemia. He has devoted his life to serving our community, and as he undergoes treatment for cancer, he is in urgent need of a blood stem cell transplant. Dr. Kim has given so much support to our patients and families. Now it’s time for us to support him.

Cook Children’s is partnered with Be The Match to connect patients like Dr. Kim to a matching blood stem cell donor. We are hosting two donor drive events at our medical centers next week.

We are looking for healthy people to undergo oral swab testing—a quick, painless and FREE process that will determine if your blood stem cells are a match for Dr. Kim or another patient in need.

Cook Children's Medical Center – Fort Worth 
Wednesday, Nov. 15 from noon to 2 p.m.
1550 W. Rosedale Street, Fort Worth, TX, 76104
Rosedale Office Building Parking Garage

Cook Children's Medical Center – Prosper
Thursday, Nov. 16 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
4100 W. University Drive, Prosper, TX, 75078
Classrooms 1621 and 1622

We are seeking volunteers to help with the oral swab testing at both events. Training will be provided for those who have not done this before, so please respond right away.  To volunteer email Jeff Calaway, Internal Communications Director

How to Become a Donor 
If you cannot make it to either event, you can still become a donor. To join the Be The Match donor registry, complete the digital form here or text Swab4Kim to 61474. Then, order your swab kit for free online or give samples at any donor registration drive. 

Join the donor registry if you are: 

18-40 years old 
In good health 
Willing to donate to any patient in need

For more information, please click here.

If you have any questions, contact Dr. Kim’s Be The Match representative, Gaytri Kapoor:

  • Email: gkapoor2@nmdp.org 
  • Phone: 281-780-1379

Veterans Day Flag Raising

Donate Life Flag Raising 2022Our Veterans+ Employee Resource Group (ERG) is hosting a special event that is open to all on Friday, Nov. 10, 2023. Please join us at 10 a.m. outside the Medical Center-Fort Worth in the roundabout. A flag raising will be followed by a short ceremony and refreshments inside the Atrium, featuring remarks by a special guest speaker Gordon England, who served as the 29th Deputy Secretary of Defense from January 2006 to February 2009.

Gordon England 2_editedThe Veterans+ ERG will also be participating in the Tarrant County Veterans Day Parade at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11 at Panther Island. Family and friends are encouraged to come out and line the route and enjoy the parade. The route starts in the Fort Worth Panther Island Pavilion parking lot, then participants will march down North Forest Park Blvd. along the Clear Fork of the Trinity River, and return.

Read more here.


Save The Date: Holiday Extravaganza and Jingle Mingle News!

holiday extravaganzaThe holidays will be here before you know it as will everyone’s favorite holiday events….the Jingle Bell Mingle and Holiday Extravaganza!

Join us for this year’s Holiday Extravaganza on Saturday, Dec. 9. We have a full day of festivities, including a Santa visit, performances, holiday treats, the lighting of the tree and of course, FIREWORKS!! Learn all the details here.

Our annual Jingle Mingle Events will take place at multiple locations throughout the System:

Dec 8: Fort Worth Medical Center (Dodson, ROB, 750, 901)

Dec 13: Calmont Office Building

Dec 14: Prosper Medical Center (MOB, UCC, PCP)

Stay tuned for more details on these events as well as information on the holiday inter-department transfer funds to support off-site locations and remote teams’ holiday parties.

We look forward to seeing you! Be sure to save the date and plan to attend.


Serious Safety Event Discussions: A New Quarterly Meeting Launches Monday, Nov. 13

Join us for the first in a new series, “Significant Safety Discussions,” on Monday, Nov. 13, at Hochberger Auditorium. The first session is titled, “Accidental PICC Line Placement,” and will be offered at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. Food will be included at all three sessions, based on a first come, first served basis so don't be late.

Learn more about the target audiences for this event and other details here.



Share Your Thoughts on the Traveling Gratitude Wall

gratitude wall ROB 12

At a recent leadership event managers wrote down their heartfelt views of thankfulness on giant boards. Since November is National Gratitude Month, we thought it would be wonderful to hear from our employees across the System. So we’re sending the gratitude wall to several Cook Children’s locations. You can fill out a sticker with your thoughts and place it on the board to share with colleagues. 

The boards are already up at their first stop, the Rosedale Office Building, next to the first floor elevators.

Read more: Connecting the Dots: Gratitude Wall (cookchildrensconnect.com)


Halloween Hoopla Voting

Halloween HooplaEmployees from across Cook Children's Health Care System dressed up for Halloween this year, wearing colorful, creative and clever costumes and performing hilarious skits. The judges have had their say and now it is time to hear from you. Vote for your favorite costumes in several categories and vote for the best skit. Voting closes on Nov. 15.

Find photos and recordings of the skits and a link to cast your votes on the Team Experience page on CookNet. (You must be on the Network to access this page.)


Dr. Perry Film under the lightsUnder the Lights Film for Epilepsy Awareness Month

For Epilepsy Awareness Month, Cook Children’s hosted a screening of the film “Under the Lights on Nov. 8. The film is the story of a teen with epilepsy who goes to prom even though knows the lights will make him have a seizure. Filmmaker and director Miles Levin joined executive producer Greg Grunberg for a virtual panel in front of a live audience at Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. The event was the brainchild of M. Scott Perry, M.D., head of neurosciences at the Jane and John Justin Institute for Mind Health at Cook Children’s. You can watch the film here on YouTube. It’s about 10 minutes long and it’s powerful!

Psychiatry team

In other news at the Institute for Mind Health: After years of planning, several specialties have made a new home on the fourth floor of the Dodson Specialty Building. Outpatient Psychiatry and one of the Psychology clinics were the most recent teams to move from their previous locations, and began seeing their first patients in the new space on November 6. That's cause for celebration.

For more information about The Institute for Mind Health, please visit this website

And don't forget: check your inbox for the latest edition of the Arcuate E-newsletter from the Jane and John Justin Institute for Mind Health! Learn more and sign up to subscribe.


Cook Children's in the News

The Wall Street Journal published an in-depth article on the current state of mental health care in children’s hospitals. At Cook Children’s, a team including pharmacists is drafting protocols for when and how to medicate young patients who are distressed and violent. 

“An asthmatic that comes in, I know the medicines I’m going to order right away,” Taylor Louden, MD, Emergency Department Medical Director at Cook Children’s, told the newspaper. “But an agitated 15-year-old that’s autistic? Sometimes I don’t know the best choice of medication to help that child interact with their environment better.” 

Read the article here.


Concierge Office Now at Rosedale Office Building

The Concierge Office has moved to the Rosedale Office Building (ROB). The new location is located on the first floor near the conference rooms. All of your department needs will be available, such as catering, awards and recognition items and meeting planning. The office will continue to offer Fort Worth Zoo tickets and discount movie tickets. Don’t forget, you can find additional discounts on Abenity and the Concierge Services/Discounts page on CookNet

The new office features a full massage room with both table and chair services. Massages are available on Tuesdays for the remainder of 2023, with additional days being added in the new year. Our massage therapist is available on select Wednesdays at Calmont and on Thursdays and Fridays in the 901 Seventh Ave. building. Appointments can be booked in Outlook under the massage therapist or by calling the Concierge at 682-885-6442. 


Resource for Physicians, Nurses and Other Clinicians 

download sanford guideThe Antimicrobial Stewardship Program is thrilled to announce the Sanford Guide with Steward Assist, a new resource for infectious diseases. This an electronic version of The Sanford Guide to Antimicrobial Therapy Handbook. We encourage you to try it out and explore its capabilities. Read more here.


Employee Wellness Lunch & Learn: Living Debt Free

Is your wallet full of credit cards, but low on cash? Are most of your paychecks already spoken for in the way of debt payments by the time payday rolls around? Many people struggle to pay off car loans, student loans, credit cards bills and other debt. Our next monthly Lunch & Learn webinar offers strategies to start saving what you earn. Join your colleagues from Cook Children’s at 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 15 for this one-hour interactive session. 

You’ll earn 100 Virgin Pulse Points for attending the webinar. Points may be cashed in for gift cards through the Cook Children’s employee wellness program.

Register for Living Debt Free webinar here.



Homeless drive box 2023.docxNews from Around Cook Children's

  • It is Radiology Week from Nov. 6 to 11. Let's show our appreciation for everything they do for our patient families.  
  • The Kids' Place Child Development Center is holding a Book Fair through Nov. 10. All purchases benefit the school. Details are here.
  • Worldwide Pressure Injury Prevention Day is Thursday, Nov. 16. This is a day set aside to focus on how we can help keep patients safe from this hospital-acquired harm. Learn more.
  • The Annual Drive for People Experiencing Homelessness has been EXTENDED to Nov. 17. Click here to find out which items are most needed and where to drop off donations.