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Cook Children's News (Dec. 30)

Cook Children’s News
Dec. 30, 2021


Cook Children's Changes Return To Work Policy For Those Infected  With COVID-19

This communication overrides recent information regarding employees returning to work.

Throughout the pandemic, we have followed the latest CDC guidance closely. With the recent surge in omicron cases in our area and throughout our system, we are updating our return to work policy for employees infected with COVID-19. We also provide updated information for employees who have been exposed to the virus.

Please click to read important new information.


What To Do If You Have Been Exposed To COVID-19

We know many of you have questions on what to do if you are exposed to the virus.

Because of the increase in cases during the holidays, we want to provide you with a quick FAQ to go over a few important details:

Click this link for a quick FAQ. 


COVID-19 Cases Among Kids Quadruple in a Week with Omicron

Mary Suzanne Whitworth, M.D., Medical director of Infectious Diseases, addressed more than a dozen reporters in a news conference via Zoom on Dec. 29. Dr. Whitworth covered a number of topics over the course of 16 minutes. Dr. Whitworth speaks on what we are seeing currently at Cook Children's, talks about kids heading back to school and much more.

Click here to watch the news conference.



Submit all Visitor Exception Requests PRIOR to arrival 

Please remember that visitor exception requests for inpatients at the Medical Center or Dodson clinic appointments need to be sent prior to the arrival of the patient and/or visitor. 

The instructions for submitting visitor exception requests are as follows:

  • Please email visitorexceptions@cookchildrens.org
  • Subject Line: SECURE - APPROVED or NEEDS APPROVAL (select one), Date of visit, Location
  • Body:
    • Patient Name
    • Room Number/Clinic
    • Names of people being granted exception 
    • Time of arrival 
    • Reason for exception 

(Offsite clinics are to continue to handle their own visitation exceptions internally within the clinic.)


How Our Team Members Celebrate the Holidays

Thank you to everyone who submitted pictures of celebrating the holidays with colleagues, families and friends.

From ugly sweater contests to visiting the Gift of Lights Texas, many of you found festive ways to have fun this season. 

Take a look here! 


In Memoriam: Cook Children's Employees 

"Bereavement is a universal and integral part of our experience of love." - C.S. Lewis 

This time of year is known for traditions and togetherness with colleagues, family and friends. It is also when feelings of grief can be heightened or seem overwhelming. 

Please take a moment to honor our Cook Children's team members that passed away this year and for grief resources and bereavement support


Encouraging Words from Annabelle 

We know this has been another long, challenging year and we appreciate each and every one of you. 

Jessie Butler, PN, PICU, recently received an adorable letter from her granddaughter, Annabelle. 

We hope Annabelle's letter is a small reminder and encouragement to continue living up to Our Promise to patients, families, and each other every day. 


Celebrating the Latest Monthly Peak Performers 

Please join us in congratulating all of the following Peak Performers for October and November 2021!

Click here to see the Peak Performer recipients.

Do you know a colleague or team of Peak Performers? Nominate them here! (Note: you must be connected to the network to acces this page.) 


Happy Retirement! 

Please join us in recognizing Barbara Phillips, Anesthesia Technician, for more than 20 years of service to Cook Children's.

Barbara is retiring from the System on Wednesday, Jan. 5 and we thank her for the many years of service and dedication to Our Promise! 

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


Happy New Year! We are ready for you 2022!


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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.