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Cook Children's News (Dec. 9)

Cook Children’s News
Dec. 9, 2021

Omicron Variant Detected for the First Time In North Texas

The first two cases of the new omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) has been detected in North Texas.

"At this time we are still waiting for scientific data to answer everyone's questions about this variant," said Susi Whitworth, M.D., medical director of Infectious Diseases at Cook Children’s. "Such as whether or not it is more contagious, whether or not it causes worse disease, and whether or not our vaccine can prevent it." 

Much remains unknown about omicron, but read about what we do know here.


Reminder about our current visitor policy

The visitor policy changes from March 2021, remain in full effect as of Dec. 7, 2021. You can view the visitor policy here. 

If any changes are made to this policy, we will alert you.

Our first priority remains the health and well-being of our patients, families and employees. Thank you for helping us keep everyone safe and protected. 


Tune in to Country for the Kids Radiothon!

Join us and the Cook Children's Health Foundation team today, Dec. 9, and tomorrow, Dec. 10, for Country for the Kids Radiothon.

Listen to New Country 96.3 and 99.5 The Wolf from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. for inspiring stories and miracle moments told by Cook Children's patients and their families.

Learn more about the Radiothon and donate here!


Renaming of the Cook Children’s Simulation Lab to the Louden Family Clinical Learning Center

On Monday, Dec. 6, family, friends and colleagues gathered together to formally announce the renaming of the Cook Children’s Simulation Lab to the Louden Family Clinical Learning Center.

The Louden Family Clinical Learning Center supports more than 20,000 hours of simulation lab training annually and typically has 10,000 learner visits each year.

Learn more about the event and the Louden Family Clinical Learning Center. 


In Case You Missed It: Watch the 2021 Cook Children's Holiday Extravaganza 

Last weekend, we celebrated our annual Holiday Extravaganza virtually. Medical Center patients and their families were invited to come outside for the fireworks show.

You can watch the recording of the live show and fireworks here.

For more Holiday Happenings this season, click here.


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.

Next week, we'll meet the team that is responsible for decking the halls (and sidewalks) at Cook Children's! 


Enter the Annual Holiday Sweater Contest now! 

Employee’s are invited to show off their holiday spirit in the Cook Children’s virtual sweater contest. The top 15 entries in each category will be posted on CookNet for employees to vote on their favorites. Winners will receive a delicious treat and of course, bragging rights! 

Submit your photo and entry between now and Dec. 12; then we’ll post the top entries for voting Dec. 15-19. We look forward to receiving your fun photos!

Go here for more details on guidelines and how to enter.


#WeAreCookChildrens: Myranda Smith

Serving as the first point of contact in the Dodson Specialty Clinic, Myranda Smith, patient access specialist, understands the value of creating a comforting and supportive environment for those entering our doors. 

In this week's #WeAreCookChildrens spotlight, Myranda proves that every employee at Cook Children’s is a member of a team who can make a difference in each patient’s experience.

Read more about Myranda! 


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