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Protecting Your Tomorrows

Protecting Your Tomorrows

Protecting Your Tomorrows

Protecting Your Tomorrows

A fundraising campaign for our patients, families and communities.

How we're Protecting Your Tomorrows

When the COVID-19 pandemic began, our first priority was ensuring the safety of our patients and staff. Knowing that more could be done to fulfill our Promise, we looked to our own infectious disease physicians. With their guidance and that of many others, we developed a plan that would create the best possible environment in which to care for COVID-positive patients, as well as existing viruses like flu and respiratory syncytial virus.

In response to this pandemic and in preparation for the future, we announced Protecting Your Tomorrows. This fundraising campaign provides financial resources to ensure that we have the precise combination of clinical facilities and operations in place to treat the sickest children, while best protecting our staff and community from the spread of hazardous communicable diseases.

Join our efforts

We are asking the community to join us in our campaign to Protect Your Tomorrows. Because your tomorrows will once again be filled with sporting events, meeting friends for dinner and family vacations. And those tomorrows are worth protecting. Our kids deserve it. Our communities deserve it. Our employees deserve it.

To make a donation, contact Cook Children’s Health Foundation at 682-885-4105.

How we're Protecting Your Tomorrows

Prepare

Prepare

  • Designate an existing 20-bed unit to the treatment of infectious diseases.
  • Build a 6-bed infectious disease critical care unit.

Protect

Protect

  • Construct a year-round solutions center with dedicated space for an incident command center.
  • Increase our overall hospital bed count to meet the growing needs of our communities.

Educate

Educate

  • Create a new space for our internationally accredited simulation lab. This move will allow the lab to accommodate more education opportunities for staff and patient families.

Virus

20-bed infectious diseases medical/surgical unit

We will designate an existing 20-bed unit to the treatment of highly infectious diseases, such as COVID-19, Ebola, flu, respiratory syncytial virus and other viruses. In addition, we are building a six-bed critical care unit equipped to treat patients with these same infectious diseases, yet require a higher level of treatment. These rooms will offer ICU-level care with heightened protection measures to contain infectious disease spread.


Bed

Six-bed infectious diseases critical care unit

This unit will have dedicated entrances and exits for patients, staff and families to help protect the hospital environment. It also will use negative air pressure to reroute the infected air in each room away from other patients and medical staff. Each of the rooms in this unit will have a private bathroom, so the parents will not have to leave the unit and potentially contaminate other areas. The design of this space also will include safety features for staff and caregivers. There will be a decontamination area so health care workers can shower in between patient care before leaving the unit, as well as a space near the unit entrance for donning and doffing PPE.


Satellite

Solutions center

The construction of a year-round solutions center with a dedicated incident command center will create a technologically advanced office space for our leaders to meet, while also accommodating proper social distancing protocols. This space will provide leaders with access to real-time global health updates and allow for rapid, informed decision-making.


Lab

Simulation lab relocation

The simulation lab will be relocated to accommodate the construction of the new infectious disease isolation ICU. Last year, Cook Children’s was the first freestanding children’s hospital in the world to receive full accreditation through the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, and we’re excited that this updated space will help us grow the program.


Bed

Expanded general medical/surgical unit

This 32-bed unit is replacing and expanding the general medical surgical unit that was converted to become an infectious disease unit due to COVID-19. This will allow Cook Childrens’ to continue to meet the growing needs of our communities.


News and stories

Expanding to better respond to future viral outbreaks

Expanding to better respond to future viral outbreaks

Protecting our communities from the spread of infectious diseases.

Learn how

A day in the life inside our COVID-19 units

A day in the life inside our COVID-19 units

Exclusive access from command center to ICU.

Read more

Arlington family faces 'greatest fear'

Arlington family faces 'greatest fear'

With two COVID-19 positive sons, the Carltons are grateful for the support they’ve received.

Read story


Dayton Emery, BSN, RN, CPN, CCRN Intensive Care Unit

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Knowing that Cook Children's is actively working to protect each and every employee, patient, and family in our community reassures my trust in the organization and our Promise!
– Dayton Emery, BSN, RN, CPN, CCRN, Intensive Care Unit

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Mary Suzanne Whitworth, M.D., Medical Director of Infectious Diseases

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I am beyond excited about the new infectious diseases critical care unit! It is humbling to work for a system like Cook Children’s that is always looking for the next thing needed to make pediatric health care better. After spending the last 25 years of my career here I must say, however, that I am not at all surprised that this is in the works. This is a system that never stops rising to the occasion.
Mary Suzanne Whitworth, M.D., Medical Director of Infectious Diseases

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To make a donation, contact Cook Children’s Health Foundation at 682-885-4105.