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Cook Children's News (Nov. 5, 2021)

Cook Children’s News
Nov. 5, 2021


Big Announcement and Reason for Celebration! 

Dear Cook Children’s Employees,

We have some unbelievable news for you!

Please watch this short video from three of our leaders and let us know what you think.

Read all the details and a transcript of the video here.

Thank you for all you are doing!



COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments Available for Cook Children’s Patients Ages 5-11

If you have children between the ages of 5-11, we want to provide you with an early opportunity for them to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at Cook Children's.

Simply login to the MyCookChildren’s Patient Portal and follow the prompts to schedule an appointment.

When you schedule your first dose, you will get the date and time for your second automatically. Your child's second dose will be 21 days after the first. 

Learn more here.

Vaccines remain vital to fighting the COVID-19 virus. We are pleased to provide this opportunity for your child.

For additional resources and information, visit:

Donations Needed: New or Gently Used Metal Crutches 

This weekend, check your closets and garages for any pairs of crutches lying around! Why? Due to the global supply chain crisis and the shortage of aluminum, Cook Children’s (and other health care organizations) are facing a shortage of crutches. 

We are managing the current situation and planning ahead by hosting a two-week community drive for new or gently used aluminum crutches of any size. The donated crutches will go through similar safety inspection and sanitation processes as other equipment used in the hospital, such as walkers and wheelchairs, to ensure each pair is clean, operational and safe to use.

Details of when and where to donate crutches are below.


Weekdays from Monday, Nov. 8 to Friday, Nov. 19.

7 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Main Entrance of Cook Children’s Medical Center

801 7th Avenue, Fort Worth, 76104

At this time, this is the only location we are accepting donations.


Voting Open for Halloween Hoopla! 

On Oct. 29, we gathered outside for the return of Halloween Hoopla and a chance for us to gather together (while taking all the necessary safety precautions).

Judges voted for the winners at the event, but now we want to give you a chance to make your voices heard. Click here to view submissions from across the system for Large Groups, Small Groups, Individuals and Skits. You have until Tuesday, Nov. 9 to vote.

Click on the following to vote:

For those of you who weren't able to attend the event at the medical center, see the in-person winners here


Wishing Everyone a Very Happy Diwali 

From Vanita Shori, M.D. 

Diwali is best known as the “Festival of Lights." 

It is a five-day celebration of good over evil, bringing inner light and peace into your life and removing darkness. It’s a time of new beginnings.

We celebrate this beautiful holiday by decorating our homes with lights and candles (Diya), exchange gifts and sweets with family and friends, and wish everyone a blessed and happy life. That is also what I wish for you and your beautiful families.

God Bless, 

Dr. Shori


Salute to Our Soldiers: History of Veterans Day  

Veterans Day is on Nov. 11 and is about giving thanks to those who have served.

It was first established in 1919 by President Woodrow Wilson and called Armistice Day, created to remember “the heroism of those who died in the country’s service.”

Let’s take a look at the timeline, which documents significant military operations, legislation and other historic events impacting veterans in the United States:

The History of Veterans Day

Happy Retirement! 

​Please join us in recognizing Charles Mulhern (pictured left)Home Health Field Medical Delivery/Service Technician III, for more than 14 years of service to Cook Children's. Charles is retiring from the System on Sunday, Nov. 7. 

We encourage you to take a moment to send Charles a farewell note​ or a congratulatory eCard by Nov. 7.​

Let's also celebrate  Mark Shelton, M.D. (pictured right), Infectious Diseases Physician, for more than 27 years of service to Cook Children's. Dr. Shelton is retiring from the System on Wednesday, Nov. 10. 

We encourage you to take a moment to send Dr. Shelton a farewell note​ or a congratulatory eCard by Nov. 10.​

Thursday Night Lights: Fort Worth High School Raises Awareness for Epilepsy at Football Game

Students at Paschal High School in Fort Worth used their school spirit to raise awareness of epilepsy on Thursday night. The school dedicated its ‘Senior Night’ football game at Farrington Field to the common disorder in recognition of Epilepsy Awareness Month. M. Scott Perry, epileptologist and head of Neurosciences at Cook Children’s, helped organize the event with his two daughters, who are students at Paschal High. Cheerleaders distributed epilepsy awareness information to visitors at the gate and announcements were made over the loudspeaker throughout the game.

“Epilepsy will affect one in 26 people during their lifetime, and 50,000 kids in Texas each year,” said Dr. Perry. “It’s my personal mission to do everything I can throughout the year, but especially during the 30 days of November, to bring awareness to this common disorder.”

Currently, 3.4 million people live with active epilepsy in the U.S. 

View the highlights here


And the 2021 Family Choice Award(s) Go To...

Congratulations to Bebe Troung, Patient Care Technician, and 5 Main North for receiving the 2021 Family Choice Awards! 

The Family Choice Award nomination form is in every welcome folder that inpatient families receive upon admission. Here is a sample of the incredbily kind words shared about this years winners. 

"Bebe made me feel safe and loved. She showed me ways to make the pain stop."

"Every nurse/staff who entered my room showed their love and compassion and this is a passion for them. Not just a job! Including social workers, housekeeping and chaplains. All wonderful!" 

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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.