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Cook Children's News (Jan. 20, 2022)

Cook Children’s News   
Jan. 20, 2022

stock-photo-medical-staff-with-ppe-suit-test-coronavirus-covid-to-asian-woman-by-nose-swab-at-hospital-1845943324.jpgWhat You Should Do If You Have Symptoms or Test Positive for COVID-19

With the increase in COVID cases lately, many of you are testing positive for the first time and may not know what to do next. 

If you are feeling ill or showing signs or symptoms while at work or home, please call or email our COVID-19 Center and let them know. This experienced group will work with you to schedule a test at Cook Children’s if you are at or near the medical center. Read the steps to take if you test positive.

2F7A0747Important COVID Updates on At-Home Tests, Travel and Proper PPE and Government-Issued N95 Masks

Earlier this week we sent out information on how to receive free at-home COVID tests, updated international travel guidelines and a reminder to wear proper PPE at all times. 

We also have news that the N95 Masks Provided by the Federal Government Are Not Allowed for Work Purposes at Cook Children’s. OSHA guidelines states that Cook Children’s is responsible to fit test any N95 mask brought in and used by the employee. 

Read the latest articles here: 

armband colors changeArmband Color Changes for Allergies, Fall Risk

To align with the American Hospital Association's armband alert colors, Cook Children's is changing the color-coded armband for patient allergies and fall risk. The changes begin Sunday, Jan. 23. 

Read all the details about the armband changes here. 

Note: Cook Children's will NOT be adopting DNR armbands. Cook Children's Medical Center will continue to utilize code sheets to signify resuscitation status. 

MLK DayCelebrating the Kindness and Service of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Did you know that MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service? Americans are encouraged to volunteer to engage and improve their communities. Dr. King’s example is our call to action.

To celebrate Dr. King’s legacy of kindness and service, we encourage you to read this message from Wini King, Chief of Communications, Inclusion, Diversity and Equity. 

COVID PSAsNew Cook Children's PSAs: Protecting Kids Ages 5-11 with COVID-19 Vaccine Protects Us All

You might notice something new from Cook Children's on local TV and streaming platforms! We've launched several PSAs regarding the COVID-19 vaccine and children ages 5-11. 

Cook Children's physicians and Fort Worth Mayor Mattie Parker tell us why they support COVID-19 vaccination. Watch them all here!

bianka soria-olmosNowThis: Meet the Doctor Mentoring Hispanic Women in STEM

Bianka Soria-Olmos, D.O., didn't have a pediatrician as a child. She received her medical care at health fairs and school-based clinics. 

Dr. Soria-Olmos is a first-generation Mexican American doctor practicing at Cook Children's Pediatrics in Haslet. She is also a medical advisor for Digital Health, contributing to and providing guidance for Checkup Newsroom.

In a recent interview with NowThis media, she shares about her journey to become a doctor and her involvement in the Hispanic community. 

stock-photo-african-american-schoolgirl-wearing-face-mask-sitting-in-school-classroom-looking-out-of-window-2007647681.jpgRecent Patient Safety News

Anu Partap, M.D., MPH, physician director of Health Equity Integration, wrote about Looking at Data with a Health Equity Lens.   She writes, “Health equity analyses asks us to uncover “What hidden pearls are buried in these data when they are stratified/divided into subgroups?” 

We also have two articles celebrating accomplishments with quality and safety:

*Note: you must be connected to the network to view these two articles

rayne and laura and steveCelebrating Your Favorite Sports Teams

The NFL playoffs were short-lived for the Dallas Cowboys, but thank you to all of our employees who participated in the Spirit Dress Up Days last week! 

We enjoyed seeing all the pictures and memories from games that you shared with us. 

Click here to see staff photos from the Spirit Days or cheering on their favorite teams!

Happy Retirement!

Please join us in recognizing the upcoming retirements below! 

Alma Medina, M.D., (pictured left) is retiring from the system on Thursday, Jan. 27, after more than 12 years of service to Cook Children's. 

We encourage you to take a moment to send Dr. Medina a farewell note or a congratulatory eCard by Jan. 27.

Sharon Massey, director, CCPN Practice Operations, (pictured center) is retiring from the system on Friday, Jan. 28, after more than 15 years of service to Cook Children's. 

We encourage you to take a moment to send Sharon a farewell note or a congratulatory eCard by Jan. 28.

Carol Edley, speech pathologist, (pictured right) is retiring from the system on Monday, Jan. 31, after more than 22 years of service to Cook Children's. 

We encourage you to take a moment to send Carol a farewell note or a congratulatory eCard by Jan. 31.​

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