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Cook Children's News (Dec. 2)

Cook Children’s News
Dec. 2, 2021

Important travel information for you

Today’s travel requires a lot more than simply booking a reservation. Since the pandemic, travelers have been faced with COVID-linked traveling restrictions and safety concerns. 

Most recently, a Presidential Proclamation banned travel from South Africa and seven other southern African countries in response to the new omicron COVID-19 variant.

The CDC has updated its travel guidelines and we want to provide you with the latest information.

Please visit this page to view the latest guidelines for international and domestic travel per your vaccination status. 



2021 Holiday Extravaganza: tune in virtually on Sunday, Dec. 5! 

Due to COVID-19 precautions, employees will not be able to attend our annual Holiday Extravaganza in person (including anyone working during the event); however, you can watch the event virtually. 

Join us on Facebook Live on the Cook Children's page at 5:30 p.m. this Sunday, Dec. 5 as we deck the halls, sing carols and light up our beautiful medical center tree! 

For more holiday happenings, click here.


Cook Children's Hand Therapist Receives FIGS Future Icons Grant

We would like to send a HUGE congratulations to Alex Hussey, OTR, MOT, hand therapist at Cook Children's, for being one of 10 recipients of the FIGS Future Icons Grant

Of the 10 winners, Alex is the only therapist and in her award application video, she highlights pediatric occupational therapy and hand therapy. It is a great representation of what she does every day and how she works to improve the lives of all of her patients and live out our Promise.

Please watch the video below as Alex shares more about her career and the legacy she wants to leave behind in the health care field and beyond.


Reserve your ticket for the Gift of Lights! 

To celebrate the season, Cook Children’s has a special gift for you to enjoy: a complimentary ticket to the Gift of Lights at the Texas Motor Speedway! The ticket is for one car/SUV/truck to attend the event on a night of your choice.

Go here for instructions on how to redeem your free ticket. 

The event runs now through Jan. 2 and hours are Friday and Saturday (6 p.m. - 10 p.m.) and Sunday to Thursday (6 p.m.- 9 p.m.) They are open Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.


COVID-19 Vaccine for Children 

Which is worse, COVID-19 vaccination or natural infection? Some parents and caregivers are understandably hesitant to vaccinate their young children.

For those trying to make the decision for their children, Susi Whitworth, M.D., medical director of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, encourages you to read this article.

"This just about says at all for the vaccine," said Dr. Whitworth. "It has wonderful information that is easy to understand!" 


#WeAreCookChildrens: Valerie Harkcom 

Valerie Harkcom, patient access team lead in the Cook Children’s Medical Center’s emergency room, describes her role as that of a “professional mother.”

After nearly 19 years with Cook Children’s, she knows how to build and nourish a team driven by one united mission.

Click here to read this week's #WeAreCookChildrens spotlight on Valerie! 


Register now for the 12 Days of Fitmas Challenge! 

Join the 12 Days of Fitmas Challenge for quick, daily, body weight exercises to keep you mindful of your health this holiday season. 

To register, email wellnesszone@cookchildrens.org. 

It's circuit training, so you will receive an email with the exercise of the day, until you finish on Day 12 by performing all 12 moves. When you complete the challenge, you can enter a drawing for a prize!


Let's get Festive: get ready to submit your photo for our Annual Holiday Sweater Contest! 

Employee’s are invited to show off their holiday spirit in the Cook Children’s virtual sweater contest.

Submit your entry form and picture from Dec. 9 to Dec. 12. The top 15 entries in each category will be posted on CookNet for employees to vote on their favorites.

Read our updated Holiday Happenings for more details and instructions on how to enter!


Don't forget to celebrate Kids' Place 20th Anniversary!

This month the Kids' Place - Child Development Center turns 20 years old. 

Meet Lauren Delgado, daughter of Maribel Delgado, quality improvement assistant for Cook Children's Health Plan. Lauren attended Kids' Place from the time she was 10 weeks old until she went to kindergarten. She's now 14 years old and a freshman at Brewer High School. The Delgado family is currently planning her quinceañera for next year! 

Over the past two decades, hundreds of your children like Lauren have attended Kids' Place. From the infant classroom to kindergarten prep, Kids' Place teachers and staff worked alongside children to support their big milestones and achievements.

To celebrate 20 wonderful years, we're asking employeees to send us photos of their child, along with a short update of where they are now!  


In case you missed it: Top 2021 Peak Performers 

Congratulations to the 2021 Top Peak Performers for Cook Children's!  

Last month, the best of the best were recognized during our annual Top Peak Performers ceremony.

Go here to find out who the 2021 Top Peak Peformer Individuals and Teams were.

To watch a recording of the celebration, click here.

Congratulations to everyone and thank you for all you do for Cook Children's!


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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.