Connect Newsletter (Sept. 8, 2022)
Sept. 8, 2022
A Special Message Regarding the Burnout Survey
We are writing this quick message to discuss the Burnout Survey with you.
We are so grateful to the nearly 3,000 of you who have taken the time to complete the survey. But there are so many more of you we want to hear from throughout the Cook Children’s system so we’ve decided to extend the survey to Tuesday, Sept. 20.
If you haven’t taken the survey yet, please do so by Sept. 20.
We ask for your honest feedback. We want to do better for you. We know you all are extremely busy, but I encourage you to take the time to complete the survey to help us understand what could make Cook Children’s better for you.
Thank you all,
Cook Children's Leadership
Influenza Vaccines Are Soon to Arrive for Our Patients! Go-Live for The Inpatient Influenza Vaccine is Sept. 14.
Please let families know they can receive the flu vaccine for their children by making an appointment to see their pediatrician or, beginning next week, while they are inpatient.
In a single day last week, we saw 627 patients in the ED breaking an all-time record and the UCCs have gone up as high as 873 patients in one day, far surpassing our highest volumes in years past. This has resulted in extremely long wait times. Our Fort Worth UCC has far exceeded its capacity on multiple days... which results in more people turning to the ED.
As you can imagine, this has led to frustration for those seeking care. Our exhausted staff has heard an abundance of complaints and mean comments that are discouraging when they are working so hard to serve our patients and families. Unfortunately, they are outmatched by the demand.
In June 2018, Payton Singh arrived via ambulance to Cook Children’s Emergency Department in a barrage of flashing lights and sirens. She was just 12 years old and decided to end her short life while her parents were away from home.
Despite going without oxygen for an extended period, she survived but the doctors at Cook Children's weren't sure if she would ever walk, talk or have the same level of cognitive function again. She spents weeks in the ICU, followed by months in rehabilitation therapy. Amazingly, Payton surpassed everyone's expectations.
They also shared their story on the latest episode of our #RaisingJoy podcast.
Based out of Irving, Texas, the Dallas Cowboys Wheelchair Football Team is sponsored by the NFL, RISE Adaptive Sports and Bob Woodruff Foundation. The 12-man squad competes in the USA Wheelchair Football League against other NFL wheelchair teams across the country and on the coaching staff is Danny Peltier, practice manager for Cook Children’s Outpatient Psychiatry.
“It is so great and it’s a mindset for a lot of us. We all want to compete and once you’re in a wheelchair, you kind of lose that sense of being able to have that competitive side,” Danny said. “Having the opportunity to get out there and compete and having guys at elite levels as we have now is eye-opening and rebuilds your confidence in your disability.”
This September, we will be sharing #WeAreCookChildrens spotlights on some of our Hematology/Oncology staff members, beginning with Kat Davitt, a child life specialist on the inpatient floor and handler to Chanel, a facility dog.
The golden-haired duo has worked in different units at Cook Children's for more than eight years, but Kat is celebrating her 28th work anniversary next month!
“I love the magic of working with the dogs. I love it,” Kat said. “It makes my job more fun and it makes my job a lot easier. I always say I feel like I'm cheating because she does a lot of the initial relationship building for me.”
But what happens when medical helpers need medical help?
In 2020, Cook Children’s began contracting with CareATC to provide inexpensive primary care, close to where you live or work, for employees and their covered spouses and dependents ages 18 and older. Services include preventive care like physicals and well-woman exams. Visits for illness, minor injuries and mental health are also available. Depending on your enrollment plan, the cost is either covered 100% by Cook Children’s or $10 per visit.
Their goal is to stamp out sepsis by choosing the right antibiotics for the right patients at the right time. In other news, they are making huge strides in our sepsis reduction goals!
To be eligible for a prize basket, be sure to email your completed puzzles to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, Sept. 19.
Please join us in recognizing the upcoming retirements below!
Lisa Farmer, specialty clinic practice program manager II, pictured left, is retiring from the system on Friday, Sept. 23, after more than 21 years of service to Cook Children's. We encourage you to take a moment to send Lisa a farewell note or a congratulatory eCard by Sept. 21.
Laura Garrett, RN, charge document auditor, pictured right, is retiring from the system on Saturday, Oct. 1, after more than 29 years of service to Cook Children's. We encourage you to take a moment to send Laura a farewell note or a congratulatory eCard by Sept. 9.
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.