Connect Newsletter (Nov. 9, 2023)
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Nov. 9, 2023
Be The Match: Danny Kim, M.D., Diagnosed with Leukemia in Urgent Need of Blood Stem Cell Donor
At 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
Cook Children's Medical Center – Prosper
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 have any questions, contact Dr. Kim’s Be The Match representative, Gaytri Kapoor:
Veterans Day Flag Raising
Our 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.
Save The Date: Holiday Extravaganza and Jingle Mingle News!
The 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.
Share Your Thoughts on the Traveling Gratitude Wall
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.
Halloween Hoopla Voting
Employees 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.)
Under 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!
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.
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.
Resource for Physicians, Nurses and Other Clinicians
The 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.
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