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Cook Children's Promise and Purpose

Real life stories. Expert resources.

When it comes to raising healthy kids, it takes more than a village. Cook Children's Promise and Purpose audio and video streams bring you important topics and real life stories from the frontlines of pediatric medicine. Hear how our experts are working to take the care and treatment of kids to the next level through advanced treatments and research. You'll also experience how the resources they create are helping parents, kids and health care providers learn and grow together.


Cook Children's Conversations: Your Purpose in Life

Rick W. Merrill, President and CEO, Cook Children's Health Care System

What is your purpose in life? Rick W. Merrill has asked that question of himself and it’s safe to say he’s found his answer as Cook Children’s President and CEO. Watch today as he offers some advice, thoughts and life lessons on how you can find your own passion and purpose.


Cook Children's Conversations: Overcoming the Odds One Song At a Time

Raymond Turner, Recording Studio Producer, Cook Children's Child Life Zone

At many times in our lives, there are melodies being written. There are high points and there are low points. Despite experiencing his own personal hardships, Raymond Turner, recording studio producer at Cook Children’s Health Care System, uses the power of music to share redemptive life moments with patients and families every day.


Cook Children's Conversations: Your Calling

Tracy Dunn, MDiv, BCC

What is a calling? What does it mean to be called? And how do you know what your calling is? Tracy Dunn, a Pastoral Care Chaplain at Cook Children’s Health Care System, says we all have a calling and we’ll know it when we realize we can’t imagine doing anything else. It’s not always about money, fame or being easy, but it is always about finding – and giving – joy.


Cook Children's Conversations: Mentoring the Mentor

Valerie Gibbs, MSN, RN, CPN

Have you had a mentor, or been one for someone? Valerie Gibbs credits who she’s become in her career and her life to the power of positive mentoring. Learn how to be the kind of person that attracts strong mentors and how sharpen your own mentoring skills.


Cook Children's Conversations: In Your Shoes - How Kindness Heals

Lisa Elliott, Ph.D.

You can give and receive kindness in many ways. But where does it start? In Lisa Elliott's life it started with one person whose love and protection showed her how kindness can change everything. Today, she shares that valuable lesson in her career helping children understand their worth, become resilient and most of all learn how to accept kindness and give it to others. Lisa explains how you can be that one person for someone else and bring kindness to the world, just when we need it most.


Cook Children's Conversations: Good Grief

Dr. Jamye Coffman

Grief isn't just found in death, you can grieve the loss of a friendship, divorce, a job, anything or anyone that meant something to you. There are good ways and bad ways to help someone in grief. Dr. Jamye Coffman has experienced profound grief in her own life and offers great advice to those who are grieving as well as those who want to support someone through the grieving process.