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Special Edition Connect Newsletter: Uvalde, Texas

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May 26, 2022


A Message From Mr. Merrill Following the Uvalde Tragedy

"As an organization created to take care of children, we are heartbroken over the tragedy in Uvalde, Texas. 

Just as Cook Children's serves as a safe haven for our kids, schools should be a place of learning, comfort and peace for the young students who attend. 

As a father, my heart aches for those who lost their children. 

I'm grateful for how so many of you have comforted those whose child died after a brave fight against a disease or after a tragic accident. You are always there for those families and for each other during the most difficult of times."

Please read Mr. Merrill's full message here. 


experts  (1)Uvalde School Shooting: Cook Children's Experts Share How Parents Can Discuss Tragedy, Support Their Children

Cook Children's experts hosted a live chat on Wednesday afternoon following the Uvalde school shooting.

The devastating event brings so many questions. 

“What do I say to my children?” 

“How do I avoid feeling numb to this?” 

“How can I reassure my kid when I can't reassure myself that everything will be OK?”

Wini King, SVP, chief of Communications and ID&E, hosted a panel that included:

Kia Carter, M.D.Kristen Pyrc, M.D., and Lisa Elliott, Ph.D., of the Cook Children’s Behavioral Health team also answered questions that parents and caregivers should know and keep in mind.


https://www.cookchildrensconnect.com/spiritual-care-code-lavender-tools-available-in-the-meditation-room-on-friday-may-27/Spiritual Care, Code Lavender Tools, Prayer Journals and More Are Available in the Meditation Room This Friday, May 27

The Meditation Room will be open from 9:30 to 11:30 on Friday, May 27.

There will be a time of come-and-go lament, prayer, self-care stations, and a book to write staff of Uvalde Memorial Hospital. 

You can share poems, prayers, draw a stick figure blowing a kiss, or write simple words of kindness to those on the frontlines of, arguably, the worst day of their professional, and maybe even personal, lives.

If you are off campus and would like to submit a prayer or message to be included in the book, please email it to internalcommunications@cookchildrens.org. Thank you. 


CareATCCook Children's EAP Therapist is Available at CareATC for Employees and Families

Alicia Hooper is the Cook Children’s near-site counselor who is housed in the CareATC office off Henderson and Pennsylvania in Fort Worth. She is a licensed clinical social worker and chemical dependence counselor who was born and raised in Fort Worth.

 Alicia offers three types of therapy sessions to accommodate patients’ needs:

  • 15-minute consultations, which provide an opportunity for Alicia to meet with a client and understand his or her needs before scheduling an appointment.
  • 30-minute sessions, which are traditional sessions geared toward employees who do not have availability for longer sessions.
  • 50-minute traditional sessions. These sessions offer a regular length appointment option.

Click here to watch a video and to read more about Alicia and the counseling services now offered at CareATC.


Our FlagsReflection and Resources for You

"To the One who hears the cries of children, help us to nurture the bonds of our communities near and far.

In the wake of yet another bout of school violence, help us to find the way to free our children from fear that hinders their ability to grow and to thrive.

Help our leadership and guidance to be rooted in justice."

Please take a moment to watch this special message from Jennifer Hayes, our director of Spiritual Care. You will also find helpful resources for you, including information for our employees, our children (from young kids to teens), responders and our schools. We hope you find this helpful.

Click here to watch and read.


donate bloodDonating Blood and Other Ways to Help Support Uvalde Community

Tragedies such as these highlight the importance of donating blood. Giving blood supports nearby hospitals and rebuilds their supply for patients. Click here to sign up to donate blood at your local Carter BloodCare.

The next campus blood drive is from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 14. Register for a time slot here.

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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.