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Connect Newsletter (Oct. 20, 2022)

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Oct. 20, 2022

Teddy Bear Transport Turns 40

teddybeartransportNorth Texas may be the home base for Cook Children’s Medical Center, but our hospital’s reach stretches far beyond its eight-county service area, thanks in large part to Cook Children’s Teddy Bear Transport. This year marks 40 years of Teddy Bear Transport crisscrossing the countryside and friendly skies by ambulance, helicopter, turboprop plane and jet to help severely injured or critically ill infants and children.

Our Teddy Bear Transport team responds to approximately 4,000 calls annually! Seventy percent of those are for ground transport and 30% for air. Most of the babies admitted to our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) arrive via Teddy Bear Transport. Some of the furthest transports are to bring patients to Cook Children’s Hyperinsulinism Center, which is one of only two centers of excellence for the treatment of this rare disorder in the country and one of six in the world.

Read more about our amazing and talented Teddy Bear Transport team and watch a video to take a look back at 40 wonderful years.


RSV Cases Spiking Higher and Earlier so far This Year at Cook Children's

rsvactivityOur Emergency Department and Urgent Care facilities and team members are still overwhelmed with patients, an issue that has been ongoing for the past few months.

We are experiencing a high rate of patients with a respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), which infects the lungs and breathing passages. These cases normally spike much later in the season, such as in December or January; however, the increase is happening much earlier this year. From Oct. 9 to Oct. 15, there were 288 positive RSV cases, a positivity rate of 29%. 

Please share this article about the symptoms of RSV and when to call your pediatrician or seek immediate care with your family, friends and neighbors.


Nominate a Colleague That Models Our Cook Children's Culture 

Last week, we introduced the 17 Cook Children's Culture Champions that live and breathe our special culture. But we know there are so many of you who also exemplify our commitments and values! 

Click here to share a story about one of your colleagues who is a model of our Cook Children's culture, and they just might earn a prize! Stay tuned to see the winning stories appear in the coming weeks.


In case you also missed our big news in last week's Connect Newsletter, we want to remind you all to save the date for an exciting day across the system on Monday, Oct. 31:

At 11 a.m. at the circle drive ( right in front of the Medical Center)

We’ll come together as a connected system to celebrate something we’ve been hard at work developing over the last few years: our culture platform. This was the event originally scheduled for Nov. 1, but we decided we couldn’t wait and wanted to get the party started.

At 2 p.m. at the same location is the return of Halloween Hoopla!

10 p.m. at Camelot Court

For our awesome evening and night teams, this is the time for you. Don’t be afraid to stop by to learn how we’re connecting the dots with our culture platform.


You all are next on Nov. 8, for your own culture platform celebration.


We have you penciled in for Nov. 17, for the culture platform event.  

You’ll get more information as we get closer to the event, but we couldn’t wait to tell you this news. See you soon for a time of excitement, fun and laughs that we all deserve!


Walk-In Flu Shots Available at Occupational Health

flu shot employeeBeginning this week, employees can now walk in to the Occupational Health office on main campus in Fort Worth and receive their flu vaccine without an appointment! 

Occupational Health is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and is closed for lunch from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Please attempt to stop by before 3 p.m. 

Employees also have the option of receiving their flu vaccine elsewhere. If you get a flu shot outside of Cook Children's, you will need to send proof of vaccination to occhealth@cookchildrens.org.



CareATC Can Meet Your Physical and Mental Health Needs

CareATCSick visits. Preventative care. Physicals. Counseling. Treatment for body aches and injuries.

You’ll find all these services and more at the CareATC clinics thanks to a partnership that provides enhanced primary care and counseling for Cook Children’s employees and their spouses and dependents ages 18 and older. Why go to CareATC for your health needs? Providers who specialize in caring for our members, quality care, convenient locations, no/low-cost care and easier appointment scheduling.   

Learn more about CareATC and all the in-person and virtual services they provide.


Magnet Month Awards: Nurse Leader of the Year and Structural Empowerment

As we continue to celebrate Magnet Month this October, the Cook Children's Magnet Committee is excited to announce the next two award winners who represent the model components of Magnet.

Congratulation to Jarrett Dawson, nurse manager in Surgical Services, for winning the 2022 Nurse Leader of the Year Award. You can read Jarrett's nomination here.

Congratulation to Deb Smith, RN on 4 Main, for winning the 2022 Structural Empowerment Award. You can read Deb's nomination here.

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Employee Engagement Reminders: Halloween Hoopla Deadlines, Basketball Jersey Days and Discounted Sports Tickets 

hoopla tcu (2)We are less than two weeks away from the return of Halloween Hoopla! 

Mark your calendars for 2 p.m., Monday, Oct. 31 to celebrate all the costumes and skits. Registration for on-site skits are due THIS WEEK. For any questions, inquiries or to turn yours in ASAP, please contact Amy Smith. 

For Hoopla guidelines and all the participation forms, visit the Halloween Hoopla page on CookNet*. (Note: you must be connected to the network to access this page.) All employees are invited to wear costumes Oct. 28-31! 

Jersey Days and Discounted Sports Tickets

In addition to Halloween Hoopla, Cook Children's employees are invited to celebrate the tip off of the 2022-2023 NBA and college basketball seasons. All employees are invited to wear their favorite basketball jerseys and T-shirts this weekend from Oct. 21-23. 

This weekend, the undefeated No. 8 TCU Horned Frogs take on No. 17 Kansas State and it's also Health Care Appreciation Night. Don't forget to purchase your discounted tickets for TCU football, the Dallas Stars and the Dallas Mavericks here! 


Patient Safety Bulletin*

The Fall 2022 edition of the Patient Safety Bulletin is here!*

*Note: You must be connected to the network to access this page

Please take a moment to read more about the Safety & Quality Year in Review and the different units in the Medical Center that met milestones through their consistent efforts in minimizing the occurrence of preventable harm events. We also celebrate the Hematology & Oncology units that made huge strides in patient safety this year. You can also learn more about the Behavior Emergency Response Team (BERT) that launched in May 2022, and Anu Partap, M.D., M.P.H., shares a reflection about different awareness months. 

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New eCards to Celebrate and Recognize Each Other are Available Now, Holidays Coming Soon

new work anniversary eCardsAn important part of the Cook Children’s team experience is taking the time to recognize each other’s special moments and milestones.

Over the years, new categories and eCards have been added to highlight those magical moments and we want to share the newest eCards under the following categories: 

  •  Happy Anniversary/Service Awards (Note: you must be connected to the network to access this page) 
  • Upcoming Holiday Season 
    • Thanksgiving eCards will be posted in early November 
    • Hannukah, Christmas and Kwanzaa eCards will be posted in early December 

We encourage you to take a moment to send one to a colleague and let them know they belong here and their work is appreciated! 


Celebrating National Pharmacy Week

Did you know that the Cook Children’s Pharmacy staff serves patients throughout seven (and growing) pharmacies, in addition to the retail pharmacy inside the Medical Center in Fort Worth? During FY2022, our pharmacies dispensed more than 2 million doses and 140,000 prescriptions, and performed almost 300,000 clinical pharmacist interventions for the child, families and employees we care for. 

The collection of Cook Children's pharmacies are committed to living our values with every patient interaction, assisting the greater health care team, and preparing each dose. 

Celebrate National Pharmacy Week with us by sharing a story or example where a pharmacy team member embodied Our Promise and our culture by doing everything for the child! Check out pictures of our different pharmacy team members below: