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Connect Newsletter (Oct. 19, 2023)


Connect Newsletter                                       
Oct 19, 2023

Employee Town Hall Image Employee Town Hall Meetings: Connecting With You

Learn what’s on the horizon for Cook Children’s in fiscal year 2024, and the important role you will play in connecting the dots for our patients, families and each other. 

The fall event takes place on Oct. 26, 2023, at 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. in Hochberger Auditorium. You'll be able to watch a live stream of the meetings. 

Also, if you didn't get a chance to sign up for an Employee Resource Group at one of the launch parties last month, the chairs of the four ERGs will be at the Town Hall Meetings to provide information and answer questions. They'll have some giveaways, too!

If you can't make it in person or want to watch the event again, please visit here to watch the livestream.


Justin Institute

Cook Children's Opens New Institute for Mind Health, Providing Comprehensive Care for Childrens with Neurological Disorders

A ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new Jane and John Justin Institute for Mind Health took place on Thursday, Oct. 19, at the newly expanded Dodson Specialty Clinics building, located at 1500 Cooper St., in Fort Worth. 

The Justin Institute connects nine specialties under one roof, including Neurology, Neuropsychology, Neurosurgery, Pain Management, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Psychology, Psychiatry, Developmental Pediatrics and Developmental Psychology.

The Jane and John Justin Institute for Mind Health “upholds the Promise of Cook Children's by providing easily accessible, well-coordinated, comprehensive evaluation and treatment guided by innovation, research, and a relentless dedication to improving patient outcomes and quality of life," Dr. Perry said at the ribbon cutting. 

To learn more about the Jane and John Institute, please click here.

Art and Neuroscience Collide at the New Jane and John Justin Institute

To prepare for the arrival of patients and their families, M. Scott Perry, M.D., head of Neurosciences and director of the Jane and John Justin Institute for Mind Health, curated a collection of awe-inspiring artwork that combines creativity with elements of neuroscience. 

“I love art very much, and it’s a great way to connect with kids,” he said.

Read the story in its entirety here.


The John and Tracy Sellers Sports ComplexCook Children's Opens New Sports Complex

Cook Children’s Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Walsh Ranch has expanded to include an outdoor sports complex designed to help young athletes train for peak performance. The John and Tracy Sellers Sports Complex and includes a 30-yard football field, a quarter-mile track, a pitching mound and an agility training area.  Find out how this impressive new sports complex is keeping young athletes in the game.


Tara and JacobIntroducing the Leaders of the Pride (LGBTQ+) Employee Resource Group 

We are introducing the leaders who will be overseeing the activities of the Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) at Cook Children’s. They will develop the overall strategy and serve as spokespeople for the group. We asked our ERG leaders a series of questions so you can get to know them a little better and learn more about their views about the importance of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity. 

We will be introducing the chairs and co-chairs of the four ERGs in the coming weeks. This week, hear from the leaders of Pride (LGBTQ+) in an article on the Connect Newsroom. 


Security Team ‘When They Need Us, We’re Going to Be There'

The week of Oct. 8-14 is Security Week, but the Security Team at Cook Children's works around the clock, every day to protect you, our patients and their families. Tom Riehm, our videographer at Cook Children's, went on patrol to give us an inside looked at this team to learn about their training and the special way they protect all of us. Please let our Security Team know how thankful you are of them.

Please take a couple of minutes to watch this important video.


Mobile Grocery StoreCook Children's Opens New Mobile Grocery Store to Connect Families with Food and Resources

Families in Denton, Wise and Cooke Counties now have more access to healthy food and resources through a new partnership between Cook Children’sTarrant Area Food Bank (TAFB) and H-E-B Hunger Relief. The R.E.D. Market was unveiled at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Serve Denton last week. R.E.D. is an acronym for Resources and Education Delivered, and represents the core mission of the partnership.  Learn more here.


Becker's Becker's Hospital Review Covers 15 Health Systems Named ‘Healthiest Workplaces in America’

Becker's Hospital Review recently highlighted 15 health systems that ranked among the 100 healthiest workplaces in America. The ranking comes from the awards program Healthiest Employers, which recognizes 100 U.S. companies each year for outstanding corporate health and wellness policies. These organizations are from a wide variety of industries, including financial services, city and county government, and insurance companies. Cook Children's ranked No. 68 overall in the nation-wide list. 

Becker's wrote:

"Eligible organizations complete an online assessment that evaluates their performance across six “pillars of wellness:” culture and leadership commitment to well-being, foundational components of the health program, strategic planning, communications and marketing, programming and interventions, and reporting and analytics. 


Haunted MansionCLZ Haunted Mansion 2023

Employees are invited to visit a special Haunted Mansion in the Child Life Zone operated by patients and siblings at Cook Children's Medical Center-Fort Worth. on Oct. 27 and 30. This event is only open to employees. Learn more here … if you dare.

Haunted Mansion Hours:

Friday, Oct. 27:

  • noon to 1:30 p.m.
  • 2:30 to 4 p.m.
  • 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 30:

  • 10 to 11:30 a.m.
  • 1 to 2:30 p.m.
  • 3:30 to 5 p.m.



What Is Miscrosoft TeamsMicrosoft Teams: 4 Things It is and 4 Things It is Not

We’ve talked a lot about the launch of Microsoft Teams, but you may still be wondering what it is and what it isn't. In this article, we'll break down the key features of Teams and also highlight how it can be used and how it can't. Read the article here.


What's New on CookNet? 

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As new pages are available on the new CookNet, we'll let you know here in the Connect Newsletter. Please bookmark pages that you use most often. 

In addition, representatives from our various departments, locations and teams can work to populate the site. Please choose who from your area will be responsible for uploading the new CookNet information. 

If you have any content that resides on the original CookNet (legacy/old site), click here for the Content Request Form - PowerApps to begin the intake process of building out your new pages and presence on the site. 

If you have any questions, please contact the IS Digital Experience team at CookNet Feedback - PowerApps.


Creating Magical Moments at Cook Children's Family Fun Day at Six Flags Over Texas

2023 Cook Children Online Store Updated Flyer (2)-1Join us on Saturday, Nov. 4, for family, fun and thrills, at a special private event at Six Flags. With only Cook Children's and one other company in attendance, expect fewer wait times for all your favorite rides and shows. Get your discounted tickets now and learn all about this exciting day. 


PI Graduation 2023Cook Children's Process Improvement Graduation

Congratulations to all of our Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt, Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt for Leaders, Lean Practitioner, and Lean Six Sigma Green Belt graduates for this year. The Class of 2023 Process Improvement Graduation will take place from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27, in Hochberger Auditorium. All Cook Children's employees are invited to attend. If you are not able to attend, you can watch the webcast of the event here. 



GoofyTeamsPicKickball‘Purposeful Fun’: Prosper Team Comes Together On and Off the Kickball Field

"Relationships are everything at Cook Children's. Learn how a fun (but competitive) game of kickball is bringing Cook Children's Medical Center - Prosper together on and off the field.


Understanding Medicare CoverageJoin Us for the “Understanding Medicare Coverage Webinar”

Since Medicare can be a bit complicated as it comes in multiple parts, we’d like to invite you to a webinar called “Understanding Medicare Coverages.”  This educational webinar is an opportunity to learn about Medicare eligibility, coverage, and cost options and how to get a free 1:1 consultation with a licensed Medicare advisor. 

Find out more information here.


peak performers sunSeptember Peak Performers

Congratulations to our September Peak Performers. Thank you for your hard work and dedication to our patient families and to your colleagues. Find out who is on this month's list.


Checkup NewsroomChecking In on Checkup

Have you visited our external news site, Checkup Newsroom, with all the latest new you need to know about Cook Children's, sourced by our very own experts? Here's what you will find right now on Checkup:


Sheila CampRetirement Announcement for Sheila Camp, Alliance Psychology 

Sheila Camp, RN, LPC, Family Therapist for Alliance Psychology, is retiring from the System on Nov. 3 after 24 years of service to Cook Children’s. Thank you, Sheila, for over two decades of dedication to Cook Children's and our patient families. 

We encourage you to take a moment to send Sheila a farewell note or a congratulatory eCard by Nov. 2.

Lena Zettler, Director of Psychology, Psychology-Outpatient Administration, had this to say about Sheila:

“Sheila Camp, aka “the Duchess,” has served her patients and families for 52 years. She was a nursing manager of the Short Stay Unit, and also received numerous nursing achievements, including a “Great 10 Nurse Award.” She is a lifelong learner and after a robust nursing career went back to graduate school to become a licensed professional counselor in 2018. In a relatively short time, her wisdom, energy, integrity, and passion have been integral to the Psychology Department. Cheers and cheerio to a great soul, colleague, healer, teacher, and friend!” 

LISA BROWN, RN PhotoRetirement Announcement for Lisa Brown, RN, NICU 

Lisa Brown, Registered Nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, is retiring from the System on Oct. 31, after 38 years of service to Cook Children’s. Thank you, Lisa, for over three decades of service and dedication to Cook Children's and our patient families.

We encourage you to take a moment to send Lisa a farewell note or a congratulatory eCard by Oct. 30.

BRENDA HARNG PhotoRetirement Announcement for Brenda Harng, Environmental Services Aide

Brenda Harng, Environmental Services Aide, is retired from the System on Oct. 18 after 13 years of service to Cook Children’s. Thank you, Brenda, for over a decade of service and dedication to Cook Children's and our patient families.

During Brenda's time at Cook Children's, she has remained loyal, dedicated, hardworking and above all else, kind to the patients and her colleagues. She plans on cooking with her husband, children and two grandchildren. We wish her the best of luck as she moves into a new journey of her life. Brenda, thank you for everything you have done here at Cook Children’s! Your dedication and smile will be missed! – Alexis Williams, Manager, Environmental Services