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Connect Newsletter (Sept. 15, 2022)

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Sept. 15, 2022

Major System Announcement: Generous Spirit Bonus

cook children's spirit bonusWe have some very exciting news for you!

Generosity is such a big part of our culture and that giving nature has been so clear in the way you give of your time, efforts and care. To show how much we appreciate you, we want to give you something special in return.

Please take a few minutes to read more and watch this short video with a special thank you message and announcement from Rick W. Merrill, president and CEO of Cook Children’s. 

Thank you so much for keeping our Promise and for all that you give to our patients, their families and each other!


Please Complete Your Flu Vaccine Consent Forms

This week, the first of several on-campus flu vaccination clinics for employees kicked off; however, our Occupational Health team has not received many flu consent forms. 

Whether you receive your flu shot in your department or at one of our flu clinics, you must complete a consent form! To sign the consent form electronically through Lawson, follow these steps:

  • Scroll down on the left navigation bar and click on “Employee Self Service”
  • Then click “Human Resources”
  • Then click “Occ Health Portal”
  • Then click on “Forms” at the top of the page and click on “Influenza Vaccine Consent” to complete your form

Please make sure to sign your consent as soon as possible. For the upcoming flu vaccine clinics, click here.

flu vaccine consent online


Raising Joy Podcast: Save the Date!

raising joy podcast save the dateYou and a guest are invited to join us for the first live recording of the Raising Joy podcast at the historic Downtown Cowtown at the Isis Theater in the Fort Worth Stockyards.

This event, which is being hosted in partnership with The Center for Children’s Health led by Cook Children's, will bring mental health leaders in the community together to hear an inspiring talk by author and renowned speaker Andrew Solomon, Ph.D. Solomon is a Pulitzer Prize finalist, National Book Award winner, TedTalk presenter, as well as a professor of Clinical Psychology at Columbia University.

Raising Joy Live will be hosted by Kristen Pyrc, M.D., and Wini King.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

The program will begin promptly at 7 p.m.

Complimentary valet parking will be available.

Registration is required to attend.


Cook Children's Drafts Four Students From Cristo Rey

cristo rey draft dayLast month, Cristo Rey Fort Worth High School kicked off its 2022-23 school year with an NFL-style “Draft Day” matching up students with the  businesses they will work for as part of the school's innovative work-study program.

Cook Children's picked up four students in this year's draft, including Alejandra Hiriarte who is returning for her second year. The other students include Mariana Salazar, Valentine Avila and Regina Olmos. As part of the work-study program at Cristo Rey, these outstanding students will work at Cook Children's one day each week during their high school career. 

“Our group this year have been super excited and they just jumped in and brought in a whole new energy level to the department,” said Suzanne Seizer, director of Talent Acquisition.

Watch a video of Cook Children's participating in Cristo Rey Draft Day here.


Discounted Sports Ticket Sales for Cook Children's Employees

TCU Healthcare AppreciationFootball, basketball and hockey season return this fall and Cook Children's employees are invited to enjoy it all!

All Cook Children's employees have the opportunity to purchase multiple discounted tickets for TCU football, Dallas Stars and the Dallas Mavericks.

We hope you can take advantage of the deals and enjoy some entertainment outside of work.

A special thank you to our Employee Experience team for coordinating these fun events for all of us!


Consult with a Fidelity Retirement Planner for Free

Fidelity-LogoEvery employee is eligible for a free one-to-one consultation with a Fidelity financial planner thanks to Cook Children's workplace benefits.

The 30-minute consultations offer expert guidance to help shape your financial future, whether you're wanting to pay off loans, make investments or save for retirement. You may choose to visit virtually (on Zoom) or on the phone. 

You'll earn 35 Vitality Points for meeting with Brian Baker or John Wells, the workplace financial consultants for Fidelity. Points may be cashed in for gift cards through Cook Children's Vitality wellness program. 

Learn more details here!


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Our Promise

Knowing that every child's life is sacred, it is the Promise of Cook Children's to improve the health of every child through the prevention and treatment of illness, disease and injury.