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Cook Children's News (Nov. 18, 2021)

Cook Children’s News
Nov. 18, 2021

Cook Children's 'Pastoral Care' Department Changes Name to 'Spiritual Care'

The patients and families we serve have grown into a diverse population with many beliefs, values, and understandings. As we have embraced our community, we have adapted our own ways of serving everyone.

So, in keeping with all the adaptations, Pastoral Care is changing its name to the Spiritual Care Department.

Pam Foster, Director, Spiritual Care, and Anu Partap, M.D., MPH, Physician Director, Health Equity Integration, explain the importance of adopting the new name. Click here to read and watch.


'Dear Health Care Employees:' It's Time to Take Off the Cape and Just Be You

"The truth is you’re burned out. For a year, you were praised as 'heroes,' for working in the health care industry. You felt support and love from those you did and didn’t know. Work was hard, but that love and support kept you flying and moving forward.

While that 'hero' status helped to keep you going for a while, the truth is, your cape is now tattered and worn."

Brittany Reiling, Clinical Coordinator, Physical Therapy, shares an emotional message to her heath care colleagues. 

Read the full letter here.


The Nature of a Health Care Worker: It's Time to Take Care of Each Other and Ourselves

We are nearly two years into the COVID-19 pandemic and many of us are struggling, wanting a chance to return to normal but not even sure what that means anymore. 

This summer tested our staff’s resilience like never before and now we're heading into what's traditionally been our busiest season. Many of you are beyond tired, stressed and experiencing symptoms of burnout. 

We spoke with several of our leaders and discovered ways to decompress and support, and take care of each other and ourselves. 


Holiday Happenings at Cook Children's 

The holiday season is always a special time here at Cook Children's and we're looking forward to the different ways we can safely celebrate with each other. 

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, we've created unique ways to celebrate the holiday season again this year.  From our Annual Holiday Sweater Contest to Holiday Extravaganza, here's a quick rundown of what to expect this season! 


#WeAreCookChildrens: Myranda Smith

As one of the very first employees that interacts with a patient family at Cook Children's, Myranda Smith, Patient Access Specialist, sets the standard for compassion and determination to help others.  

"I get to show them what our organization is about and make them feel at home," Myranda said. "Every day I love to make that initial interaction the best that it can be." 

Read how Myranda creates a welcoming atmosphere and helps fulfill Cook Children's Promise. #WeAreCookChildrens 


Kids Place Turns 20 Years Old! 

Next month, Kids' Place - Child Development Center turns 20 years old. Over the past two decades, hundreds of your children have attended Kids' Place. From the infant classroom to kindergarten prep, Kids' Place teachers and staff worked alongside children of all ages to support their big milestones and achievements.

Then and Now: To celebrate 20 wonderful years, we're asking our employees to send us photos of their children at the ages when they attended Kids' Place, along with a short update and/or photos of where they are now!

Learn more here. 


HR Update: Working on the Holidays

Cook Children’s recognizes six holidays each year. On some years, one or more of those holidays may fall on a Saturday or Sunday.

For our administrative staff, a holiday that falls on a Saturday will be observed on the preceding Friday. For the holiday that falls on a Sunday, the holiday will be observed on the following Monday.

The choice of allowing an employee to work on a holiday (observed or otherwise) is always up to the executive leaders in that area. 


National Injury Prevention Day, World Wide Pressure Injury Prevention Day

Today, Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021, is National Injury Prevention Day and World Wide Pressure Injury Prevention Day. National Injury Prevention Day is a time to raise awareness about the burden of injury, violence and a need for change.

Safety advocates across the country are working together to educate families and community leaders about creating and supporting safer environments.

For more information, click here.


On Native American Heritage Month, We Remember a 'Long Line' of Service

November is Native American Heritage Month, a time to celebrate the culture and accomplishments of Native American people and educate others about issues that affect their communities. 

According to the USO, Native Americans serve in the United States’ Armed Forces at five times the national average.

One of those brave service members includes David “Ronnie” Ronald Cruz, cousin of Vicki Kelly, Family Centered Care Program Manager at Cook Children’s. 

Click here to learn more about Ronnie and Native American Heritage Month.


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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.