100 Stories

One hundred years ... one family

On a cold November day in the early 1900s, Fort Worth's former postmistress Ida Turner spotted a man in downtown Fort Worth carrying a baby in his arms. Covered only in a light blanket, the baby was blue from the cold. The man was a physician and the baby had been abandoned at his office. Turner purchased a warm wrap for the baby and after some investigating, learned that no hospital in Fort Worth was prepared to provide charity care to an abandoned child. She resolved to change that and the rest is history.

This chance meeting between a child in need and a caring individual are at the very root and heart of Cook Children's. Just four months later, on March 21, 1918, Fort Worth's Free Baby Hospital opened, and Ida Turner's dream became a reality, thanks to contributions from hundreds of community members, donated services from countless tradesmen and scores of volunteers.

This was only the beginning. Threads of generosity are woven throughout Cook Children's 100-year history. Our history is the story of our community, of leaders, physicians and philanthropists who have stepped up at critical junctures to advance pediatric health care in Fort Worth and helped Cook Children's become one of the largest and most recognized freestanding children's health care systems in the southwest.

Over the last ten decades, these visionaries left their mark on Cook Children's, shaped its Promise and core values, assembled premier medical and surgical talent, provided new technology and created a unique culture of caring for children. While much has changed over the years, at its heart, Cook Children's Promise still honors that first act of kindness to care for a child in need. Today, new generations of caring hearts continue this tradition.

As we enter 2018, Cook Children's is poised to celebrate our centennial. In planning this milestone event, it became clear that this should be a celebration of the community, which created and continues to shape this world-renowned health system.

Beginning this month, Cook Children's will launch a year-long series of commemorative events and activities to engage, inspire and celebrate this momentous occasion. While we plan to share many stories about our history this year, the stories that matter most are yours. Simply put, our history is your story.

There will be opportunities for you to share your own Cook Children's story. Look for special Cook Children's murals and selfie sculptures springing up around the community. Promise Magazine will take on a celebratory look and pay tribute to our first 100 years while looking ahead to the future.

Cook Children's centennial is a celebration of you—our friends, our supporters and our community. You are the one in our 100.

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