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Cook Children's News (Nov. 11, 2021)

Cook Children’s News
Nov. 11, 2021

FY21 Care Share Announcement 

We mentioned Care Share in last week’s big announcement, but today we want to provide you with more specifics. 

Click here to read the latest information and a letter from Mr. Merrill and the leadership team.

With all the great news coming out at once, you may have some questions.

Here are some answers to some of our most frequently asked questions. (Note: you must be connected to CookNet to view this page.)


Holiday Gatherings and In-person Meetings to Resume with Safety Guidelines

Because of our high employee vaccination and decreased community spread numbers, we are safely resuming holiday gatherings and in-person meetings for staff at this time.

Click here to learn about the guidelines for holiday gatherings, in-person meetings and a reminder about common eating areas. 

While we still face required restrictions outlined by OSHA ETS, we hope this will provide a time of safe, joyful gatherings this holiday season with your team! 


Thanks to all who joined us for the Veterans Day flag raising ceremony!

Special thanks to the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) from Trimble Tech High School who joined us. Our sincerest appreciation goes out to our Cook Children's Veterans Group (CCVG) and service members. 

At the flag raising ceremony, the CCVG received a custom wooden American flag from Jason Elmore, brother of Cook Children's employee Kendra Stubbs. 

Members of the CCVG also participated in the Tarrant County Veterans Day Parade. View more photos from today's Veterans Day events here. 


More than 550 Cook Children's Patients Receive COVID-19 Vaccine Over The Weekend  

Our first of several vaccination clinics opened on Saturday and Sunday and we were thrilled to see so many of our employee families there with their children! 

If you didn’t get an appointment for one of these clinics, don’t worry. Several Cook Children’s Pediatrics offices have ordered the COVID-19 vaccine for 5 to 11 year olds and will have them available soon.

Click here to see photos from this weekend. 

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"This Teamwork Is Why This Patient Made It Through" 

We often hear the quote "teamwork makes the dream work", but teamwork at Cook Children's leads to saving lives. 

Michelle Marcincuk, M.D., medical director of the ENT department, wrote about a recent patient with the most difficult airway she's seen in 20 years of practice. This patient went from the ER to the OR, to the CT scanner, and then to the PICU.

Dr. Marcincuk shares this great story of our team experience and Cook Children's Culture.


All Treats, No Tricks: Halloween Hoopla Winners Are In! 

We asked for your votes in our last newsletter and you responded with more than 800.

We were also honored to hear from our patients who voted for their favorites. 

So who is bringing home the People's Choice Awards for Halloween Hoopla?

Find out here!


Celebrating the Latest Quarterly Peak Performers 

Please join us in congratulating all of the following Peak Performers for July through September 2021. 

Click here to see the Peak Performer recipients. 

Each quarter, the monthly Peak Performers are celebrated at a special reception held in their honor. Due to the need for social distancing during this time of the COVID-19 crisis, a reception may not be possible but that is no reason we can't celebrate these deserving people for their work and accomplishments! 


A Worthy Celebration: Cook Children's Wins 4 Top Public Relations Awards, Wini King Recognized  

The Cook Children's Corporate Communications and Public Relations had a big night at the 9th Annual Worthy Awards, hosted by the Greater Fort Worth Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). 

The Worthy Awards showcase the best in communications and public relations and the Cook Children's team came home with four top awards called Worthy Awards. It was the most won by anyone in town, including some of the top public relations and ad agencies.

Our own Wini King, Senior Vice President and Chief of Communications, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, was also named the 2021 Douglas Ann Newsom, APR, Fellow PRSA, PR Professional of the Year.

To say that we are pretty excited would be an understatement; however, our achievements would not be possible without the wonderful collaboration with so many of you across the system. 

See the award-winning projects here!


Grant Harris Honored With Inaugural Chief Development Officer of the Year Award

Grant Harris, Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer, was selected by the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals national executive team to be the first recipient of the CDO (Chief Development Officer) of the Year Award. He was selected out of more than 170 of his peers at the other member hospitals in North America! 

Harris oversees the entire Health Foundation here at Cook Children's and throughout the pandemic, in 2020, Cook Children's saw our highest fundraising year to date with more than $2.7 million dollars raised.

Click here to watch a video and learn more about this amazing recognition! 


Celebrate National Medical Staff Services Awareness Week

How do you know that when you seek medical care, the practitioners you see are properly educated, licensed, and trained in their specialty?

During National Medical Staff Services Awareness Week, Nov. 7-13, we recognize Medical Services Professionals, important members of the health care team who are dedicated to thoroughly investigating and verifying the credentials of health care practitioners. These women and men also have expertise in areas such as medical staff organization, accreditation, regulatory compliance and provider relations.


November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month and Cook Children's program offers support for children with life-threatening conditions, as well as their families. 

Many of our patients and families are coping with the burden of uncertainty regarding the future. Our team supports them, as they hope for the best, attend to the present, celebrate success and prepare for the rest – including possible worst-case scenarios.

Click here to learn more about our Palliative Care Program at Cook Children's.


Holiday Benevolence 

While we know this is a season of great joy and coming together with family and friends, we also understand that it can be a time of heartache and pain. Thank you  making the holidays brighter for many of the children and families we serve!

If you are interested in impacting those in need this holiday season, visit 2021 Holiday Benevolence for more details. 

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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.