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Cook Children's News (Oct. 28, 2021)

Cook Children’s News
Oct. 28, 2021


Still Time For Some 'Hoopla'

Halloween Hoopla returns tomorrow, Oct. 29! This year includes an

in-person/on-campus event AND virtual skit and costume contests!

Registration deadlines are almost here!

Read the full details​ about how you can participate.



‘Experience’ the Virtual Town Hall Meeting

Learn about our progress and our journey to “Elevate Every Experience” at Cook Children’s in this new video featuring several of our leaders.

Hosted by our President & CEO Rick W. Merrill, the 20-minute video includes updates on:

    • The Patient, Family and Member Experience with Megan Chavez, VP of Patient & Family Experience
    • The Team Experience with Deborah Rubinson, AVP of Education
    • The Quality and Safety Experience with Joann Sanders, M.D., Chief Quality Officer

Please take the time to watch this virtual town hall today.

Feedback on the Virtual Town Hall Meeting: 

After this video was initially shared, we received this email from Candace Alphin, NICU Outreach Coordinator:

Thank you for taking the time to create this video. I like the ability to watch it on your own time in privacy so that you can truly focus on what is being said. I have been at Cook Children’s for almost 30years and have always felt the presence of family just as described in the videos. I have taken on many roles and challenges, and always found a way to see the amazing ways that EVERYONE contributes to the big picture. In my current role, I interact more with referring facilities and liaisons than with Cook Staff, but I realize that the way our referring centers are getting babies ready, interacting with the families prior to transfer and just plainly choosing to send their patients and families to Cook Children’s is very important as well. I focus on reaching out to facilities, individualizing their preferences in receiving feedback and never saying “that is not my job”. I have always called myself a “lifer” and Cook Children’s is where I plan to spend my entire career.

Again, Thank you for taking the time to create the uplifting video.


The Launch Of Something New

CookChildrens.org has launched with an exciting, fresh new look and functionality, including:

  • Cloud platform with an emphasis on speed and extensibility
  • Improved search
  • Updated doctor profiles with an emphasis on scheduling options.

“This new launch is the beginning of a truly new website and the foundation for our digital ‘front door’ and how we interact online with our patients and families,” Digital Products Manager Zach Beggs said.

Visit CookChildrens.org today to explore our revamped website.


Peaks Tech Zone!

“We believe it’s the first of its kind in Texas. We haven’t seen any other pediatric locations with a space like this,” said Matthew Albers, AVP, Digital Experience at Cook Children’s.

Learn more about this cross between a technology lounge and in-person help desk, which opened its doors at Cook Children’s – Prosper this month.

Click here to read more.



#WeAreCookChildrens –

Donald Beam, M.D.

For a man who stepped foot on six continents and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, Hematology and Oncology Donald Beam, M.D., was quick to name Egypt as the most spectacular place he’s been.

“You don’t just go to Egypt and see some sights,” Dr. Beam said. “You see a culture that’s thousands of years old. There’s so much human history there behind these spectacular pyramids and the people who lived there.”

Beyond this favorite destination, Dr. Beam finds that same connection to humanity as the most rewarding aspect of his career. Click here to read more about Dr. Beam.



The Newest Peak Performers Are Here

Put your hands together and give a round of thunderous applause for the latest Peak Performers. These winners selected for the month of September include individual winners and this quarter’s deserving Team Peak Performer honorees.


Family-Centered Thanks

Last week, the love for our Cook Children’s employees was on full display and delivered directly to many of you in the form of sweet “Thank you” treats for Family-Centered Care Month.

For this special gift, the Family Support Services team partnered with Cynthia Nevels (below right), the owner of Soulgood Food Truck! Cynthia and her son, a longtime Cook Children’s patient, have been on the receiving end of the phenomenal family-centered care we offer and is happy to be a part of recognizing your thoughtful, compassionate hard work.

Join us in saying “Thank you” to the team that delivered cupcakes to employees, including the “Cupcake Crew” of parents and staff, who delivered cupcakes until 2 a.m. (below left).


Explore the Latest Patient Safety Bulletin

​Each quarter, our Quality and Safety team shines a light on important news and happenings around Cook Children’s concerning patient safety. This latest Patient Safety Bulletin includes:

  • Fighting Back Against Sepsis: Ways we are addressing sepsis at Cook Children’s.
  • Kudos Our COVID Drive-Thru Team: Praise for this amazing team (seen below) meeting the testing needs of our patients and staff.
  • Words Matter – Health Equity: A discussion about the importance of words from Anu Partap, M.D., MPH, medical director of Health Equity.

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Raising Awareness About Breast Cancer

Each year in the United States, about 255,000 women develop breast cancer and 42,000 women die from the disease. Unfortunately, we all know someone or a family who has been affected by breast cancer.

During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, let’s take this time to educate everyone about breast cancer and the significance of screening and early detection. Let’s also offer our support for survivors, those courageously battling the disease, and honor the lives we have lost to breast cancer.

Let’s bring light to prevention and show our support for the families this disease has touched.


Health Literacy Heroes Answer the Call

To honor Health Literacy Month, you were asked to celebrate co-workers who champion health literacy for patients, parents and our communities.

Based upon the nominations received, it’s as evident as the Bat-signal on a Gotham City night that there are many heroes here who enrich the knowledge of those we serve.

Take a moment to read more about why these individuals deserve to carry the mantle of Health Literacy Hero! Click here.


Reminders for you:

  • 2021 Handle with Care Homeless Drive: Through Friday, Nov. 5, Cook Children’s will once again be collecting a variety of in-demand items requested by the Union Gospel Mission, Arlington Life Shelter and Presbyterian Night Shelter as they begin to reach capacity. This year, the requested items are sheet sets (twin and twin XL sizes), comforters and towel sets. Drop-off locations will be available at most Cook Children’s locations. Please contact Margie Dorman-O’Donnell with questions or to arrange for a pick-up.
  • The 2021 Cybersecurity Rock Star Challenge is underway – so don’t miss your chance to rock! This challenge sets you up to win prizes, while learning more about improving data and device security both at work and home. Check out the full details about the challenge and prove your cybersecurity mettle.

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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.