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Cook Children's News (Dec. 22)

Cook Children’s News
Dec. 22, 2021

Sibling Visitation Policy on Christmas Day 

Siblings of patients admitted to Cook Children's Medical Center are invited to visit on Christmas Day, Saturday, Dec. 25! They can arrive at any time, but will be limited to a maximum of four hours for the visit. 

For more information and instructions, go here. We appreciate all that you do make this time of year safe and special for our patients and families! 

Important Note: This visitation opportunity is not open to siblings of patients who are COVID positive or siblings who have had a direct exposure to someone who is COVID positive.  


Holiday greetings to everyone from Cook Children’s! 

Many faith and cultural communities are celebrating holidays and traditions this month. The lights, sounds and festivities remind us that our human spirit needs others as we celebrate our faith; as we remember our connections to each other and enjoy time with ones we love.

Pam Foster, DMin, BCC, director of Spiritual Care at Cook Children's, shares Holiday Greetings. 

We wish you joy, peace and health as you celebrate with your loved ones this season! 


My First Christmas: Cook Children's NICU babies

Santa Claus made an early visit to our tiniest patients at Cook Children's to celebrate their First Christmas. 

For the second year in a row, Randall Grubbs, M.D., neonatologist, wore a jolly red suit, white beard and proper PPE to spread holiday cheer to our NICU babies and families. 

You definitely want to see the adorable photos here!


Cook Children's Patient Christmas Party 

Santa! We know him! 

On Tuesday, Dec. 21, our annual Christmas party returned in-person by following COVID-19 protocols. Patients admitted to the medical center and their caregivers arrived in the atrium during their time slot to pick out books, toys, crafts and visit Santa Claus.

See more photos here. Thank you to the Child Life department for creating a safe environment to spread holiday cheer!


And the Holiday Sweater Contest winners are... 

Most Original Individual: Linda Diaz

Funniest Individual: Leighann Hanson

Best Group Theme: Health Foundation Communications/Marketing Team: Cheryl Clark, Tara Barton, Josh Martz and Gareth Patterson

Congratulations to the 2021 Holiday Sweater Contest Winners! Please be on a lookout for a sweet treat from our Employee Engagement team. 

Thank you to everyone who participated this year! 


Cook Children's patients perform 'O Holy Night'

Last year while many of our patients were limited to their homes and separated from their friends, the Child Life Zone team at Cook Children's made an effort to "connect" patients with each other. 

The result was something they had never done before: a virtual arrangement of music and videos. 

Watch our incredibly talented patients perform 'O Holy Night' here.

Thank you to our Child Life Zone team for helping create a beautiful song, video and connection for these families! 


Thank you to all COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic volunteers! 

The last of 24 COVID 19 vaccine clinics for children age 5-11 ended this past weekend. As a result, we were able to administer the vaccine to more than 3,400 children in our communities! 

“Our collective response to this historical pandemic has been the greatest example of system collaboration I have ever seen in my 23 years at Cook Children’s,” said Veronica Tolley, AVP, Primary/Specialty Services with CCPN. “Thank you for the support and leadership that empowers us to do great things.”

The CCPN leadership team put together a video highlighting several of the vaccine events and the amazing volunteers.


In Case You Missed It: A Holiday Message from Mr. Merrill

Rick W. Merrill, president & CEO of Cook Children's, wishes you a holiday season full of joy and magic!

Watch this video as Mr. Merrill shares a message from Dillard Garden, also known as our Winter Wonderland this time of year.


Give the Gift of Life this season 

Our community is seeing historic lows and there is a CRITICAL need for blood donations. All blood types are needed for a safe and sufficient blood supply, but Type O is the most urgent need. 

Carter BloodCare is bracing for a community blood supply emergency.

Schedule an appointment to give at a Carter BloodCare donor center or mobile drive near you by calling 800-366-2834 or visiting www.CarterBloodCare.org.

All Carter BloodCare donors who register to donate in December will also receive a $10 Amazon e-gift card. Details here.


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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.