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Cook Children's News (Jan. 13)

Cook Children’s News  
Jan. 13, 2022

CCPN Drive Thru VaccineImportant: The Latest Drive-thru Testing Information

With the spread of illness among employees and our community, you must have an appointment scheduled through the COVID hotline to receive a test from our COVID Drive-thru.

Click here for the most recent information regarding our drive-thru testing.

Testing Hours (Due to staffing, these hours may change. You MUST have an appointment to receive a test):

  • Weekdays: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. 
  • Weekends: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Testing sites are also available throughout your area. To find a testing location near you, click here. If you receive a positive test from a testing location that is NOT Cook Children’s, please email your result to COVID19OHS@cookchildrens.org and copy your supervisor.

Note: This information is for employees who feel they are ill and need a COVID-19 test. Employees who have received an exemption, should continue to follow their current testing schedule and process.

7 day positivity jan. 13COVID-19 Surge Breaks Record at Cook Children's

The number of children being treated at Cook Children’s Medical Center for COVID-19 is at an all-time high, with 69 pediatric patients in the hospital on Wednesday, Jan. 12.  The silver lining with the omicron surge is the fact that most children hospitalized with COVID-19 right now do not require critical care. 

Cheryl Petersen, chief nursing officer, and Bianka Soria-Olmos, D.O., pediatrician at Cook Children’s Pediatrics Haslet, discuss the current situation that is nearing crisis level and the struggle for employees to avoid exposure and isolation from the virus. 

2F7A0768COVID-19 Update with Dr. Whitworth 

As COVID-19 cases among children are on the rise nationally, as well as at Cook Children’s Medical Center, Mary Suzanne Whitworth, M.D., medical director of Infectious Diseases, shares an update on numbers in the community, prevention and treatment of the virus. 

Watch her presentation here. 

Rodeo22-Cooknet8th Annual Cook Children's Day at the Rodeo 

It's rodeo season in Fort Worth! The 8th Annual Cook Children's Day at the Rodeo is Wednesday, Feb. 2. Half of the cost of your tickets to the 7:30 p.m. show will benefit Cook Children's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). 

To celebrate, we're inviting employees to dress up in their finest cowboy wear on Wednesday, Feb. 2. You’re encouraged to dress up in your favorite boots, blue jeans and bandanas. Rodeo T-shirts are also on sale in the Build-A-Bear Workshop! Click here for all the details. 

dr. acosta and patient 2 Teen Patient Writes About Living with Epilepsy 

“Aside from being a Longhorn, Dr. Acosta is like family to me.”

At age two, Trey Battle experienced repeated seizures and was soon diagnosed with epilepsy. As a high school senior preparing for the next chapter in his life, Trey recently wrote a school essay about living with epilepsy and his relationship with his neurologist, Fernando Acosta Jr., M.D.

Read Trey's touching essay here. 

military thank youMilitary Family Thanks Cook Children's Pulmonary and Sleep Department

The Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine team adopted  a couple of military families this holiday season. In response to the goodies and notes they gave one family, they received a special letter, certificate and American flag. 

You can read the letter here. 

The Pulmonary and Sleep team also sent cookies to the Emergency Department during the Delta variant surge to let their colleagues know they are appreciated. 

Thank you to this amazing group for all of their work and support of others! You continue to be shining examples of Our Promise to each other and our community. 

Question of The WeekDr. Mazade's Question of the Week 

Marc Mazade, M.D., medical director of Infection Prevention, challenges you to the question of the week.  Thanks for taking the time to educate yourselves!

The topic is treatment and prevention strategies for COVID-19 in high risk persons.

2F7A7712Lift Your Team Spirits: Celebrate the Playoffs with Us

Are you rooting for the Cowboys in the NFL playoffs? Or still celebrating Georgia's win over Alabama in the College Football Playoff Championship? Maybe you're an excited Red Raider fan after Texas Tech took down No. 1 ranked Baylor in college basketball! 

Whoever you're rooting for, you're invited to show your team spirit today and tomorrow, Jan. 13 and 14, by wearing your favorite jersey, shirt, hat or socks!

Don't forget to share with us how you're celebrating!

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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.