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Awards and Recognition

A lot of people will tell you that awards don't matter. And to some extent, they're right. What does matter are the people who make them possible – the staff of Cook Children's. Here's to all the men and women who work hard each day to deliver superior care to every child in all of the communities we serve. But we never forget that while we may be given awards, it's the smiles, hugs and triumphs from those we serve that are truly our rewards

2011

  • October 2011 – For the second year in a row, Cook Children's Pediatric Surgery Center in Plano, TX, was awarded the APEX Quality Award by CTQ Solutions. Awardees were determined by excellence in patient satisfaction and delivery of care.
  • October 2011 – Children's Miracle Network Hospitals honored Cook Children's Teddy Bear Transport Team with a 2011 Miracle Achievement Award in recognition of their exceptional accomplishments and notable work in their field.
  • November 2011 – For the third year in a row, Cook Children's was named to The Dallas Morning News' "Top 100 Places to Work". More than 1,100 companies were considered for this list. Out of the large companies ranked, we are the only non-profit in the top ten, the highest ranked Fort Worth-based company, the only healthcare system in the top fifteen and ranked number 6 out of the 25 top large companies.
  • December 2011 – For the second consecutive year, Cook Children's Medical Center is one of 65 hospitals from around the country named to The Leapfrog Group's "Top Hospitals" list for delivering the highest quality of care. We are one of eleven children's hospitals and the only hospital in Texas on this prestigious list.

2012

  • February 2012 – Cook Children's Health Care System is again named to the Top 100 Integrated Healthcare Networks. This marks the fourth straight year we've been in the top 100 and remain the only free-standing children's system to make the list.
  • February 2012 – Cook Children's received an Excellence in Community Service Award from the Texas Hospital Association in recognition of the success of our Neighborhood Clinics as a medical home for homeless and underserved children.
  • February 2012 – Cook Children's Homeless Initiative was one of 10 programs from across the country named a Program of Excellence by the Hospital Charitable Service Awards. This national award recognizes outstanding commitment to serving others and for setting new standards of excellence for giving back to the community. Out of a vast field of applicants, 197 nominees were chosen and the field was narrowed down to 38 finalists. Ultimately, Cook Children's was of 10 Programs of Excellence honored.
  • May 2012 – Cook Children's has been recognized as a National Top Workplace by Workplace Dynamics. The list of National Top Workplaces was determined based on employee feedback at large companies that were surveyed last year. We were one of 315 companies on the list from all different types of industries. Approximately 60 health care organizations made the list, with only 8 from Texas. Cook Children's was one of 45 companies designated as a company with "very high levels of organizational health."
  • May 2012 – Cook Children's received Gold Tier recognition from The Joint Commission for reaching 95% employee flu vaccination rate during the 2011-2012 flu season.
  • June 2012 – USNews and World Report released its list of Best Children's Hospitals 2012-2013. Cook Children's ranked in 6 out of 10 specialties. Cancer #40, Diabetes/Endocrine #33, Neonatology #18, Nephrology #30, Neurology/Neurosurgery #28 and Pulmonology #40.
  • September 2012 – Our kidney transplant program was awarded the Silver level distinction by the Donation and Transplantation Community of Practice. This award recognizes excellence in transplantation as determined by post-transplant survival rates, transplant rates and mortality rates for kidney, heart, lung, liver or pancreas transplants. Our kidney transplant program is one of only 44 programs in the nation to achieve silver level distinction; making it one of the top 45 transplant programs in the U.S.
  • October 2012 – Cook Children's was named to Modern Healthcare magazine's annual "Best Places to Work in Healthcare." Out of the nineteen large companies ranked, we were ranked #9. Overall, we ranked number 61 out of the top 100 and we are the only exclusively pediatric health care system on the list.
  • November 2012 – For the fourth year in a row, Cook Children's was named to The Dallas Morning News' "Top 100 Places to Work." Out of the thirty large companies ranked, we were ranked #6. We are the only non-profit in the top eight; we are the highest ranked Fort Worth-based company and the only pediatric health care system in the top twenty five.
  • December 2012 – For the third straight year, Cook Children's Medical Center has been selected as a Leapfrog Top Children's Hospital. This distinction is only achieved by an elite group of hospitals that meet the nation's toughest standards for safety and quality, through prevention of medical errors, reducing mortality for high-risk procedures and reducing hospital readmissions.

2013

  • February 2013 – For the second year in a row, Cook Children's has been named a National Top Workplace by Workplace Dynamics. We ranked number 37 nationwide among 872 organizations with more than 1,000 employees that participated in regional top workplace programs around the country.
  • February 2013 – Rick W. Merrill received the Healthcare Executive of the Year Award and Dr. Paul Bowman received the Lifetime Achievement Award at Fort Worth Business Press' Annual Healthcare Heroes event in February.
  • June 2013 – USNews and World Report released its list of Best Children's Hospitals 2013-2014. Cook Children's ranked in 5 out of 10 specialties. Cancer #38, Diabetes/Endocrinology #31, Neonatology #24, Nephrology #30 and Neurology/Neurosurgery #46.
  • July 2013 – Cook Children's was recognized recently Health Care's Most Wired. We are among only 12 organizations in Texas to make this national list, which is determined by the Most Wired Survey conducted in cooperation with McKesson Corp., AT&T, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives and the American Hospital Association; congratulations to our Cook Children's IT department for its inclusion as one of Health Care's Most Wired.
  • August 2013 – The American College of Surgeons and the Texas Department of State Health Services notified Cook Children's Medical Center that it has been re-designated as a Level II Trauma Center.
  • September 2013 – National Research Corporation has selected Cook Children's Medical Center as a recipient of its 2013 Path to Excellence Award. Recipients were selected based on their achievement within categories that patients have identified as being most important to the quality of their care. Cook Children's was one of two Top performing children's facilities, meaning we had the highest percentage of patients rating us a 9 or 10. A true sign that our focus on patient- and family-centered care is making a difference.
  • September 2013 – Our Medical Center's Department of Pathology and Lab Medicine received accreditation from the College of American Pathologists in recognition of the excellence of services being provided and the high standard of care.
  • November 2013 – For the fifth year in a row, Cook Children's is named one of the Top 100 Places to Work in The Dallas Morning News. We have the distinction of being one of only 16 companies to make the list all five years. Out of the thirty top large companies, we are ranked #13, are the highest ranked Fort Worth-based company and the only pediatric health care system on the list.
  • December 2013 – Cook Children's received the Cheers Award from the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) in recognition of our Bedside Medication Verification (BMV) program.
  • December 2013 – Chief Technology Officer, Jim Stalder was named to Computerworld's 2014 Premier 100 list.

2014

  • March 2014 – Cook Children's ECMO Program receives the (Extracorporeal Life Support Organization)ELSO's Center of Excellence Award.
  • March 2014 – Primary care pediatrician Jason Terk, M.D., and Vice President of Facility & Ancillary Services Stan Davis named as part of Fort Worth Business Press' 2014 class of Healthcare Heroes.
  • March 2014 – Cook Children's Medical Center received "Approval with Commendation" from the Texas Nurses Association as a provider of continuing nursing education. Only 19 of the 159 continuing nursing education providerships in the state received a commendation.
  • April 2014 –The DFW Hospital Council recognizes Kat Davitt as a 2014 Employee of the Year and Cameron Brown receives the Community Service Award.
  • June 2014 – US News and World Report released its list of Best Children's Hospitals 2014-2015. Cook Children's ranked in 7 out of 10 specialties. Cancer #35, Cardiology & Heart Surgery #46, Diabetes/Endocrinology #28, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery #38, Nephrology #49, Neurology/Neurosurgery #37 and Pulmonology #28.
  • June 2014 – Cook Children's received the "Spirit of Enterprise Award," the highest award given to a company by the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce.
  • July 2014 – The Texas Medical Association granted Cook Children's Accreditation with Commendation for 6 years for our CME Program. The highest recognition possible for our CME Program.
  • July 2014 – Institutional Investor magazine's 12th Annual Hedge Fund Industry Awards recognizes the hedge funds, funds of hedge funds, investment consultants, endowments, foundations, family offices, corporate funds, public funds, sovereign funds and rising stars that stood out for their performance innovation, achievements and contributions to the industry in the past year. Cook Children's was recognized as the Health Care System of the Year.
  • July 2014 – Once again Cook Children's was recognized as Health Care's Most Wired. We are among only 12 organizations in Texas to make this national list, which is determined by the Most Wired Survey conducted in cooperation with McKesson Corp., AT&T, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives and the American Hospital Association; congratulations to our Cook Children's IT department for its inclusion as one of Health Care's Most Wired.
  • July 2014 – Ann Smith has been selected as the recipient of the National League for Nursing Award for Outstanding Leadership in Workforce Development. Dr. Mary Cazzell nominated her and additional letters of support were submitted by various colleagues. The outcomes of Ann's innovative approach to Cook Children's nurse residency has earned her this award and has provided us with numerous other opportunities to be recognized on a national scene.
  • July 2014 – Cook Children's CME Program has been awarded "Accreditation with Commendation" from the Texas Medical Association for a six year term. "Accreditation with Commendation" is awarded to organizations that go beyond compliance with the basic standards for accreditation by engaging within their healthcare environment and displaying the values and attributes that have the highest impact on physician practice and patient outcomes. This is the second time Cook Children's received this accolade under Dr. Peter Lazarus' leadership. It places Cook Children's amongst the highest performing CME providerships in the country.

2015

  • January 2015 – Cook Children's Heart Center has become the second Accredited Pediatric Heart Failure Institute in Texas and one of only seven in the country.
  • March 2015 – Cook Children's participated in Fort Worth's FitWorth challenge. At the conclusion of the challenge, we were presented an award by Mayor Betsy Price for being the organization with the most participants. That's right...826 Cook Children's employees registered and took part in the challenge across more than 80 teams.
  • April 2015 – Three outstanding nurses from Cook Children's were named as DFW Great 100 Nurses: Teresa Clark, Melissa Irving, Bernie Kelly and Elizabeth Leeper.
  • April 2015 – Cook Children's Comprehensive Epilepsy Program has been recognized by the Nation Association of Epilepsy Centers as a Level 4 epilepsy center. Level 4 distinction is bestowed upon centers that have the "professional expertise and facilities to provide the highest-level medical and surgical evaluation and treatment for patients with complex epilepsy."
  • April 2015 – On April 24 Cook Children's received the Rosie Moncrief Wings of Hope Award from Fort Worth nonprofit, A Wish With Wings, in recognition of the compassionate and high quality care and treatment we provide to our patients.
  • May 2015 – Cook Children's Sleep Lab received a certificate of accreditation by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine; recognizing their commitment to providing quality diagnostic services and the highest quality of care.
  • June 2015 – US News and World Report released its list of Best Children's Hospitals 2015-2016. Cook Children's ranked in 6 out of 10 specialties. Neonatology #24; Diabetes & Endocrinology #29; Neurology & Neurosurgery #32; Orthopedics #32; Cancer #40; Gastroenterology & GI Surgery #45.
  • June 2015 – Cook Children's Information Services team was named one of the 16 "new kids on the block" to Computerworld's List of Best Places to Work in IT; ranking at number 55 in the Large Company category. This list of top 100 companies is divided into Large, Midsize and Small categories.
  • June 2015 – In recognition of our exemplary support of our National Guard and Reserve member employees, Cook Children's Medical Center received the Freedom Award from the Department of Defense. The Freedom Award is the highest recognition given by the Dept. of Defense to employers for their outstanding support of our Citizen Warriors (National Guard and Reserve members).
  • July 2015 – Congratulations to our IS Team for being named a 2015 Most Wired Hospital for all that they do to maximize the capabilities of information technology to improve quality care and patient safety here at Cook Children's. Published by Health & Hospitals Network, respondents represented more than 2,213 Hospitals. This is our fourth year in a row to be named to the Most Wired list.
  • August 2015 – On July 31, the award for Outstanding Lead Organization was presented to Cook Children's Health Care System and Safe Kids Tarrant County (SKTC) at the bi-annual Safe Kids Worldwide Conference in Washington, D.C.
  • August 2015 – Cook Children's John and Jane Justin Neuroscience Center was recently recognized by The National Multiple Sclerosis Society's Partners in MS Care program as a Partner in MS Neurologic Pediatric Care, the first pediatric center in Texas.
  • August 2015 – The Commission on Accreditation of Air Medical Transport Systems conducted their third site survey of our Teddy Bear Transport team. The results are in and the well-deserved glowing review has granted this invaluable program full CAMTS accreditation through September 2018. This accreditation recognizes that the Cook Children's Teddy Bear Transport team is dedicated to getting the most medically fragile children and neonates to our award-winning medical center quickly and safely.
  • October 2015 – We are proud to announce that Solutions for Patient Safety (SPS), a national network of 80+ children's hospitals, has selected Cook Children's as the October 2015 Hospital of the Month for our dedication to patient safety, reduction in hospital-acquired conditions and readmissions.
  • November 2015 – We're so very proud to announce that we've been named one of the recipients of Press Ganey's Guardian of Excellence Award in the category of employee engagement for Cook Children's Health Care System, Cook Children's Home Health, Cook Children's Medical Center and Cook Children's Physician Network. This honor recognizes those organizations that reached the 95th percentile in a specific area.
  • November 2015 – Cook Children's Medical Center achieved full accreditation from the Joint Commission. This is a 3 year accreditation.
  • December 2015 – The Leapfrog Group announced its 2015 Top Hospitals, a coveted list of hospitals that performed at the highest levels, nationally, based on Leapfrog's quality and safety standards. More than 1600 hospitals report on those standards through the annual Leapfrog Hospital Survey. This year, 98 Top Hospitals are receiving this competitive distinction. Of those, 12 were recognized as Top Children's Hospitals, up from nine honored last year. This is the fifth time Cook Children's has been named to the list of top children's hospitals.

2016

  • March 2016 – Cook Children's Medical Center received news that it had achieved Magnet® designation once again for our nursing excellence and outstanding patient care. Our initial Magnet® designation occurred in 2006, with our last re-designation in early 2011. Less than 8% of hospitals are Magnet® designated and with less than 1% of hospitals receiving a third consecutive designation – we are among the best.
  • March 2016 – At a special luncheon, The Dallas Business Journal presented the awards for the 2016 Healthiest Employers in North Texas. Of the 40 companies recognized, Cook Children's was named number 26. This was the first-time, we've been considered for this list and our ranking is a testament to our Healthy Me Wellness program and our overall commitment to the health of our employees.
  • April 2016 – The National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC) has re-accredited Cook Children's Comprehensive Epilepsy Program as a Level 4 Epilepsy Center for 2016 and 2017. This new Level 4 accreditation affirms that we have the professional expertise and facilities to provide the highest-level medical and surgical evaluation and treatment for patients with complex epilepsy.
  • June 2016 – US News and World Report released its list of Best Children's Hospitals 2016-2017. Cook Children's ranked in 5 out of 10 specialties: Cancer #40, Diabetes & Endocrinology #50, Neonatology #42, Neurology & Neurosurgery #37, Orthopedics #35. .
  • August 2016 – Congratulations to our IS Team for being named a 2016 Most Wired Hospital for all that they do to maximize the capabilities of information technology to improve quality care and patient safety here at Cook Children's. Published by Hospitals & Health Network, respondents represented more than 2,146 Hospitals. This is our fifth year in a row to be named to the Most Wired list.
  • October 2016 – Annually, the Dallas Business Journal hands out its Women in Technology Awards and we're pleased to announce that Cook Children's SVP/Chief Information Officer Theresa Meadows is one of this year's 25 recipients.
  • October 2016 – Paul Thornton, M.D., Medical Director of Cook Children's Hyperinsulinism Center, was recently named a Rare Disease Hero by Rare Disease Communications. This national recognition goes to five physicians each year for groundbreaking research and treatment in the rare disease community.
  • November 2016 – Cook Children's Teddy Bear Transport received the 2016 EMS Air Medical Service Award for outstanding achievement at the EMS Conference in Dallas. This award honors a public or private air medical service in Texas that has demonstrated the highest standards in providing patient care, leading the way in innovation and commitment to patient care. Congrats to our outstanding Teddy Bear Transport team on this much deserved recognition.
  • November 2016 – Once again, we've made The Dallas Morning News' list of Top 100 Places to Work. We have the distinction of being one of only 4 companies to make the list eight straight year. Out of the thirty top large companies, we are ranked #11.

2017

  • February 2017 – Society Life Magazine's January issue includes the 3rd Annual "Tops in Tarrant" 100 Best in Industry recognition. The "Tops in Tarrant" list is the result of a website-based survey conducted last fall requesting suggestions for the top local leaders of each listed industry. Our very own Cook Children's Medical Center is one of three hospitals to make the list and as such proudly recognized as 2017 "Tops in Tarrant."
  • February 2017 – Congratulations to our Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Program for achieving Fact accreditation. It reflects your continued commitment to exceeding high standards in patient care and providing the best quality of care for the patients you so passionately serve. We're proud of our Hematology and Oncology team and their outstanding program.
  • February 2017 – At the Fort Worth Business Press' annual Healthcare Heroes Awards Dinner, Cook Children's was well represented with four deserving recipients. Congratulations to physicians Paul Thornton, M.D., and Scott Perry, M.D. who were named for their innovative care. The Teddy Bear Transport team, led by Debbie Boudreaux, also was recognized and Sonny Burgess took home the 2017 Hope Award.
  • March 2017 – Cook Children's Medical Center was selected as the March 2017 Hospital of the Month by Solutions for Patient Safety (SPS). A network of 110 This recognition stems from our reduction of our pressure injury rate and the increased process reliability to the following recommended bundles of care. SPS is a collaborative of over 110 pediatric hospitals across the nation who are working together to increase safety and eliminate serious harm across all children's hospitals.
  • April 2017 – Cook Children's President and CEO, Rick Merrill was the 2017 JDRF Promise Ball Honoree and recipient of the "Living and Giving" Award.
  • April 2017 – Texas Department of State Health Services recognizes our NICU for providing the highest level of care. "Cook Children's is the only Level IV NICU in Tarrant County," said Sheralyn Hartline, director of the NICU. "This recognition is significant because it means families of critically ill babies don't have to travel far from home to receive the best care available."
  • June 2017 – Rick W. Merrill received the Susan Halsey Executive Leadership Award from the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce which honors an executive leader that has demonstrated outstanding stewardship of their organization.
  • June 2017 – The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) has granted Cook Children's re-accreditation of our Nurse Residency program.
  • June 2017 – Cook Children's ranked in 4 out of ten specialties in US News and World Report's list of Best Children's Hospitals for 2017-2018. Cancer #45, Cardiology & Heart Surgery #46, Neurology & Neurosurgery #40 and Orthopedics #44.
  • July 2017 – Congratulations to our IS Team for being named a 2017 Most Wired Hospital for all that they do to maximize the capabilities of information technology to improve quality care and patient safety here at Cook Children's. Published by Hospitals & Health Network, respondents represented an estimated 2,158 Hospitals. This is our sixth year in a row to be named to the Most Wired list.
  • August 2017 – The Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) has awarded accreditation to Cook Children's H/O Infusion Center Laboratory Medicine in Grapevine. We're proud of this national recognition which acknowledges the excellence of the services we provide.
  • September 2017 – Cook Children's Health Care System was recognized by the company, Healthiest Employers as one of the Top 100 Healthiest Employers in the country at the Fitbit Captivate Conference in Chicago on September 19. We're proud of this national recognition which reaffirms our commitment to employee wellness.
  • November 2017 – Cook Children's Health Care System received a Guardian of Excellence Award in Orlando, Florida at Press Ganey's annual conference in recognition of employee engagement success and efforts.
  • November 2017 – Once again, we've made The Dallas Morning News' list of Top 100 Places to Work. We have the distinction of being one of only 4 companies to make the list 9 years in a row. Out of the thirty top large companies, we ranked #16.
  • November 2017 – The Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists has awarded accreditation to Cook Children's Medical Center's Department of Pathology and Lab Medicine based on their recent on-site inspection. This accreditation recognizes the high standards of care provided, the ongoing commitment to quality, safety and excellent care.

2018

  • March 2018 – Cook Children's Neurology Brainstormers team has been chosen as a finalist in the PharmaTimes Clinical Researcher of the Year 2018 The Americas. The team consists of Dr. Scott Perry, Dianna Grado, Melissa Gomez and Liz Payne. The team is invited to compete in the final, in-person competition on April 29th, in Arlington, VA.
  • April 2018 – Five outstanding nurses from Cook Children's were named as 2018 DFW Great 100 Nurses: Leigh Anne Campbell, Lisa Farmer, Lisa Logan, Abby Morse and Julie Van Orne.
  • April 2018 – Congratulations to our very own Natalie Wilkins, Chief of Staff for Cook Children's Health Care System. She's one of forty young leaders that the Fort Worth Business Press honored on April 25 at its 2018 "40 Under 40" dinner reception.
  • April 2018 – Each year SPH Analytics recognizes the highest performing healthcare entities with the APEX Quality Award. Cook Children's Pediatric Surgery Center in Plano, Texas was one of 84 Ambulatory Surgery Centers recognized nationally for demonstrating the highest levels of excellence in patient satisfaction.
  • April 2018 – The weekend of April 28 in Arlington, VA, our Neurology Brainstormers Team (Dr. Scott Perry, Diana Grado, Melissa Gomez, Vanetta Zollicoffer and Kelsey Bassett) competed in the live final round of the PharmaTimes Clinical Research Team of the Year competition. 68 teams entered the competition. After all three rounds, Cook Children's Neurology Brainstormers were bronze place winners. This highlights their great work and the quality of research that occurs here at Cook Children's.
  • June 2018 – Cook Children's ranked in 5 out of ten specialties in US News and World Report's list of Best Children's Hospitals for 2018-2019. Cancer #47, Cardiology & Heart Surgery #28, Diabetes and Endocrinology #46, Neurology & Neurosurgery #29 and Orthopedics #37.
  • August 2018 – Cook Children's has earned a distinguished three-star rating from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons for its patient care and outcomes in congenital heart surgery. Placing Cook Children's among the elite programs in the United States and Canada.
  • October 2018 – A measure of over 700 different implementation and optimization efforts achieved by Epic customers. Customers are awarded Gold Stars for their percentage of completion of these measures. Fewer than 10% of all Epic customers achieve a score of 8 gold stars or higher. In the 39 year history of Epic, there has never been a Pediatric customer to achieve 8 gold stars…until now! Cook Children's is the first.
  • November 2018 – Congratulations to our IS Team for being named to CHIME's 2018 Healthcare Most Wired list for all that they do to maximize the capabilities of information technology to improve quality care and patient safety here at Cook Children's. This is our seventh year in a row to be named to the Most Wired list.
  • November 2018 – The National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) here at Cook Children's is proud to share that we have been recognized as a Be the Match Center of Excellence.
  • November 2018 – Cook Children's Teddy Bear Transport team received the Air Medical Service Award at the 2018 Texas EMS Conference. This recognition honors an air medical service in Texas that has demonstrated the highest standards in providing patient care, leading the way in innovation and commitment to critical care.