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Connect Newsletter (Oct. 5, 2023)


Connect Newsletter                                       
Oct. 5, 2023

Microsoft Teams is Here

What Is Miscrosoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is now available to our system! We want to provide you with all the latest information you will need to feel comfortable using the Teams application. 

As a reminder, employees' access to Teams meetings from a personal mobile device will be limited to dial-in access at this time. When joining a meeting from your mobile device, the Teams meeting invite should contain a reminder, “When joining from your mobile device, please always dial into the call in (audio only) line.” We will communicate to you when something changes.

Click here for an article in the Connect Newsroom with helpful links for more details about Teams and a video tour.



Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month: Sept. 15 to Oct. 15

¡Feliz mes de la herencia hispana! Be sure to check out our page of resources, newsmakers and historical events related to Hispanic Heritage Month. 

L.E.A.D.S+ Panel Webinar: Highlighting the Journeys of Hispanics and Latinos at Cook Children's

Latinos Engaging, Advancing, Developing & Supporting (L.E.A.D.S+), a new Employee Resource Group at Cook Children’s, invites you to their first event, a panel webinar to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and connect and celebrate employees across the System. 


Daniel Figueroa, Clinical Nurse Leader, NICU 
Yahaira Perez, Director, Accounting, Cook Children's Health Plan (CCHP), Finance 
Abigail Flores, Psy.D., LPC, Director, Behavioral Health (CCHP), Behavioral Health Care Management 
Lina Leal, Senior Marketing Specialist, Strategic Marketing & Communication 

The webinar is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Oct. 11. 

Tune in! Here is the link. No sign up is necessary.

800_luciaandfamilyHispanic Family Advisory Council Connects, Collaborates and Elevates the Patient Experience

A group of parents and Cook Children’s employees formed the Hispanic Family Advisory Council (HFAC) to advocate for Hispanic families, identify gaps in family centered, culturally congruent care experiences and empower Spanish-speaking parents to be partners in the care of their children. Read more about their important work on Checkup.


Employees 1Halloween Happenings

Halloween Hoopla 2023: Get your costumes, group skits and décor ready and mark your calendars for Oct. 31. Please find the participant guide and registration forms under Downloads at this link.

Patient trick-or-treating:  Employees can sign up to hand out fun items to patients and siblings on Oct. 31. The children will collect fun items such as stickers, small stuffed animals and fidget toys. All the details are here.


Peaks’ Treats Opens Its Doors at 7 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 9


Join us for the opening of Peaks’ Treats at 7 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 9, inside the Dodson Specialty Building at Cook Children’s Medical Center – Fort Worth. 

While we’re all excited about the opening, please help us keep the morning quiet for our patient families who are visiting Registration. 

Menu items for the morning will include coffees, cookies, smoothies, wraps, ice cream, breakfast and lunch items. 

Peaks' Treats will feature three popular eateries: Marble Slabs Creamery, Smoothie Factory + Kitchen, and Great American Cookies. These stores will offer a variety of delicious options for patient families, visitors, and employees alike. 


How You Can Help Encourage Flu Vaccines

flushot2020-2Flu vaccine refusal rates are on the rise. Click here to find out how you can provide important information to help patients make informed decisions about vaccinations and increase vaccination rates.


Cook Children's Honored for Digital Excellence: 2023 Digital Health Most Wired Survey Recipient

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The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) has announced that Cook Children’s Health Care System has completed the 2023 Digital Health Most Wired Survey and has scored in the Digital Health Most Wired range, with the following submissions: 

Acute Level 9 
Ambulatory Level 9 

Each participating health care organization has been scored at a level ranging from 1 to 10 representing their respective digital health profile. 

According to CHIME, organizations in level 9 are often leaders in health care technology who actively push the industry forward. Not only have they implemented advanced technologies, but they often leverage these technologies in innovative ways and have encouraged deep adoption across their entire organization. As a result, they are realizing meaningful outcomes, including improved quality of care, improved patient experience, reduced costs, and broader patient access to healthcare services. Some of the advanced technologies used to achieve these outcomes include telehealth solutions, price-transparency and cost-analysis tools, access to data at the point of care, and tools to engage patients and their families throughout the care process. 

Congratulations to the Cook Children’s Information Services team for this outstanding accomplishment! 


Prosper lab CAPProsper Lab Passes First CAP Inspection

Just six months after opening, the Lab at Prosper passed its first College of American Pathologists (CAP) inspection – the gold standard for hospital laboratories. Congratulations on this huge accomplishment! Learn more.



Introducing the Leaders of the Black/African American Employee Resource Group

Sheryl and Brian

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 Black/African American group, called BAA+, in an article on the Connect Newsroom.




Updated COVID Vaccines are Covered on Cook Children's Medical Plans

Updated COVID vaccines are now available at area pharmacies and providers. The vaccines are covered for those who are on our medical plans. However, the pharmacy or provider needs to run the claim through medical insurance, not pharmacy insurance. 

We have heard that some employees are being told at the pharmacy that Cook Children's is not covering the vaccine. This is not the case. The pharmacy simply needs to run the claim under the correct plan. 

Thank you for taking care of your health and the health of those around you. 


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