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Cook Children's News (Dec. 16)

Cook Children’s News
Dec. 16, 2021

 #WeAreCookChildrens: Martin Aguado, facilities appearance manager

Although Christmas at Cook Children's seems to appear overnight after Thanksgiving, it takes months of preparation and planning to create the magic.

Much like Santa has his elves to help him spread cheer, Cook Children's has Martin Aguado, facilities appearance manager, and his team. 

Martin's crew works incredibly hard and partners with a couple of vendors to deck the halls at Cook Children's. 

This week's #WeAreCookChildrens spotlight includes a video and article about Martin, the facilities appearance team and the amazing Christmas decorations at Cook Children's. 


AngelEye Camera System Unveiled in Cook Children's NICU

A newly installed camera system in our NICU may help ease some of the stress on our patient families - especially with restricted visitation in the pandemic - by giving them a chance to lay eyes on their babies whenever they want. 

The system, created by AngelEye Health, went live last week, allowing families 24-hour-a-day access to their babies via individual room cameras.

Funded by private donors in the community, a total of 106 AngelEye cameras are set over patients’ beds and turned off only if patients are out of bed or if care is being performed.

Sheralyn Hartline, RN, and NICU director at Cook Children’s, and a current NICU family talk about the new system here.


Cook Children's named to 2021 Healthiest 100 Workplaces in America list 

​Cook Children's was recently recognized as a 2021 Healthiest 100 Workplaces in America AND the Healthiest Employers of Texas - Extra Large Category! 

Congratulations to our Wellness Program team for all of their hard work. 

Learn more about our Healthy Me employee well-being program here. (Note: you must be connected to the server to access this page on CookNet.)


Then & Now: Celebrating 20 Years at Kids' Place 

This month, Kids' Place - Child Development Center turns 20 years old! 

To celebrate two wonderful decades, we asked our employees to send us photos of their children who attended Kids' Place, along with a short update of where they are now. 

Please take a minute to read the submissions we received. We look forward to another 20 years filled with memories! 


Vote now in the Holiday Sweater Contest! 

Voting is open now until Sunday, Dec. 19 for the annual Holiday Sweater Contest.

Go here to vote! (Note: you must be connected to the server to access this page on CookNet.)

The categories include:

  • Most Original Individual
  • Funniest Individual
  • Best Group Theme

Winners will be announced in the next edition of Cook Children's News on Dec. 23 and will receive a delicious treat and bragging rights!


Sit... Stay...Play Celebrates National Ugly Sweater Day 

National Ugly Sweater Day is Friday, Dec. 17 and to celebrate, the Sit...Stay...PLAY facility dogs at Cook Children's wore their most festive sweaters and accessories. 

Take a look at the adorable photos of the group and each dog!


Holiday Happenings at Cook Children's

As the holiday season continues, make sure you take advantage of all that's going on at Cook Children's this month! 


Applications are open for Junior Volunteers!

We are hopeful to have our Junior Volunteers Program return for Summer 2022! Applications are now open until Feb. 1, 2022.

Junior Volunteers must be between 15-18 years old by June 1, 2022 and be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Shifts are once a week for 3-4 hours (minimum total hours are 36 hours) at the Medical Center. 

Click here for more information and to apply.


Happy Retirement! 

Please join us in recognizing the upcoming retirements below! 

Todd Pearson, M.D., physician, Palliative Care, (pictured left) is retiring from the system on Friday, Dec. 31, after more than 15 years of serivce to Cook Children's.

We encourage you to take a moment to send Dr. Pearson a farewell note or congratulatory eCard by Dec. 31.

Diane Duea, sonographer, Radiology, (pictured middle) is also retiring from the system on Friday, Dec. 31 after more than 17 years of service to Cook Children's.

We encourage you to take a moment to send Diane a farewell note or congratulatory eCard by Dec. 31.

Brad Horn*, pharmacist II, Pharmacy, (pictured right) is retiring from the system on Friday, Dec. 31 after more than 28 years of service to Cook Children's. 

We encourage you to take a moment to send Brad a farewell note or congratulatory eCard by Dec. 31.

*picture taken pre-COVID

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