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Benefits Information

At Cook Children's, quality patient care through highly trained staff is one of our organization's core values. We appreciate your talent and the rewards awaiting you at Cook Children's include a competitive salary, a comprehensive benefits package and wonderful opportunities to grow professionally. You'll also find lots of extra perks, including an onsite pharmacy with discounts over the counter medicines and vitamins. There are even more employee discounts in our food court, yogurt shop, even a beauty salon and gift shop.


Medical and pharmacy

Cook Children's offers four comprehensive health care plans, available to all full- and half-time employees. Additionally, when you sign up for a medical plan, pharmacy coverage is automatically included at no additional cost.


We offer full- and half-time employees a choice between a comprehensive PPO plan and a dental DHMO plan. Both plans offer orthodontia coverage.


We offer full- and half-time employees a UnitedHealthcare vision plan.


Teladoc is a convenient alternative to urgent care or ER visits. U.S. board certified physicians are available anytime, anywhere, and can resolve many nonemergency medical issues via phone or online video. Teladoc is available to all employees with a Cook Children's health care plan.

Life insurance

Cook Children's Healthcare System provides full-time employees with Basic Life/AD&D coverage at 3X annual salary (maximum $1,000,000). In addition, Supplemental Life, Spouse Life and Child Life are available for purchase by full- and half-time employees (up to the maximum amounts in the table below).

Maximum Amount
Supplemental Life 4X your salary (up to $750,000)
Spouse Life $30,000
Child Life $10,000

Long-term disability

For full-time employees, Cook Children's provides a basic long-term disability plan that pays 50% of your base salary beginning six months after the date of your disability. All full time employees have the option of purchasing an additional 10% coverage for a total of 60% of the base salary in long-term disability coverage. All half time employees have the option to purchase a 60% long-term disability plan. The maximum benefit is $10,000 a month.

Short-term disability

Cook Children's provides company paid short-term disability plans for full-time and half-time employees with more than 1 year of service. Full- and half-time employees with less than 1 year of service have the option of purchasing short-term disability coverage. The benefits will begin after the appropriate waiting period has been met.

Flexible spending accounts

Employees may participate in either the medical and/or dependent care flexible spending accounts that allow pre-tax deductions to be used for qualified expenses.


Retirement plan

All employees are eligible to make pre-tax and/or post-tax (Roth) contributions to the Cook Children's 403(b) plan and will receive corresponding matching funds in the Cook Children's 401(a). Matching contributions will be based on your employment status, contribution level to the 403(b) and your years of service (see chart below).

Completed Years of Service If you put in at least this percentage Employer will match up to this percentage of salary contributed
Less than 5 years 4% 4%
5 to 6 years 5% 5%
6 to 11 years 5% 6.25%
Over 11 years 5% 7.50%

Tuition reimbursement

After six months of employment, full- and half-time employees are eligible for tuition reimbursement for job-related courses taken toward a degree from an accredited institution. Employees are reimbursed for eligible tuition and fees for the current IRS non-taxable limit per calendar year, half the current IRS non-taxable limit for half-time.


Occupational Health

Our Occupational Health clinic is located near Cook Children's Medical Center. Our mission is to promote the health and safety of our employees in the workplace. Therefore, we offer a free health clinic to all employees Monday-Friday. Services and treatments include, but are not limited to: annual flu vaccines, minor sprains/strains, respiratory illnesses, skin rashes, headaches, bladder infections, leave of absence (LOA) and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) return-to-work processing, tuberculosis testing and treatment of workplace injuries.

Employee assistance program (EAP)/Work-Life

The employee assistance program (EAP) is a company-sponsored, company-paid resource designed to provide immediate professional assistance for all personal or emotional problems at no cost to you. These services are provided for employees and their household members to include assistance with marital and family problems, work-related conflicts, emotional distress, and alcohol or drug abuse. Additionally, Work-Life offers assistance, information and support to help you achieve a better balance between work, life and family to help make your life easier.


HealthyMe is Cook Children's voluntary employee wellness initiative that helps create an overall culture of health and wellness for all employees. The initiative includes a year-long incentive program and a variety of wellness services to build a better me. Healthy Me is open to ALL employees.

Additional benefits

Paid-time off

Employees begin accruing PTO hours upon hire. PTO hours are accrued for every hour paid (up to 80 hours per pay period). The accrual rate is as follows:

Years of Service Status Maximum Accrual
Less than 1 year Full, Half or Part-Time 22 days
Beginning 2nd year Full, Half or Part-Time 24 days
Beginning 3rd year Full, Half or Part-Time 29 days
Beginning 10th year Full, Half or Part-Time 34 days

Adoption program

Cook Children's provides financial assistance to employees who seek adoption of children that are not related to either the employee or their spouse. All full- and half-time employees are eligible for the adoption benefit after completing one year of service.

Bright Horizons Care Advantage Program

This service helps with disruptions in family care arrangements that could cause a work absence. Cook Children's subsidizes this program and offers up to 10 uses of services per year for a child or adult/elder relative.

Concierge and travel services

Cook Children's Concierge and Travel Services can help you create a better work/life balance. The team can assist you with corporate travel, vacation planning, chair massages, amusement park tickets, movie passes and more!

Kids' Place (a Bright Horizons child care facility)

Cook Children's understands the importance of quality child care, early education and providing work/life solutions for our employees and their families. That's why we're proud to partner with Kids' Place, a child development center managed by the professional staff of Bright Horizons and located just across the street from Cook Children's Medical Center.

ASPCA pet health insurance

At Cook Children's, we care about your whole family – that includes your pets! We want to ensure we provide the quality care your pet deserves with an employee discount on ASPCA pet health insurance.

Identity protection support services

If you have a life insurance plan through The Hartford, you can receive support should you become a victim of identity theft.

SoFi student loan refinancing

SoFi consolidates and refinances federal and private student loans and Parent PLUS loans (for employee's own loans or loans for their children).

Legal Shield

Expected and unexpected legal issues arise every day. But with Legal Shield, our employees have access to advice and counsel on an unlimited number of personal issues from attorneys with an average of 19 years of experience. Services covered include advice, consultation and representation, document preparation, auto assistance, IRS audit assistance, and family matters.

Additional perks at Cook Children's Medical Center

  • Pharmacy – 15% off all over-the-counter medication and personal care products.
  • Mirror, Mirror Hair and Nail Salon – 20% off all products and daily specials on services.
  • Cook Children's Build-A-Bear Workshop® – 20% off all products and parties.
  • Enchanted Castle Gift Shop – 15% off select items.
  • Badge Swipe Program – Cook Children's allows badged employees to make cashless purchases at the medical center's retail outlets and have these charges deducted from their paychecks.

Helpful information

Find answers to the questions we are asked most often on our FAQ page.

Frequently asked questions