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Cook Childrens Health Care System

Healthcare - Health Services
2,500 - 5,000 employees  |  
Cook Children's Medical Center resulted from the merger in 1985 of the former Cook Children's Hospital and Fort Worth Children's Hospital. Community leaders had dreamed of this combination since the 1950s and the new facility opened in 1989 as a realization of their goal.

The former Fort Worth Children's Hospital began with the organization of the Fort Worth Free Baby Hospital on March 21, 1918, under the leadership of Mrs. Ida L. Turner, a former postmistress. The hospital was first located at 2400 Winton Terrace West, near the present campus of Texas Christian University. All of the building materials and furnishings for the hospital were donated, and in 1922, a second floor was added to the building. In 1961, under the leadership of Mrs. Nenetta Burton Carter and the Woman's Board of the Fort Worth Children's Hospital, a new facility was completed at 1400 Cooper Street, adjacent to the Harris Methodist Hospital. This facility continued to operate independently until the merger in 1985.

Fort Worth Children's Hospital doubled its size in the 1920s.
The roots of the former Cook Children's Hospital go back to January 29, 1929, when W. I. Cook Memorial Hospital opened at 1212 West Lancaster Street in Fort Worth. The original hospital, designed in Italian Renaissance architecture, had 55 beds. Mrs. Missouri Matilda Nail Cook dedicated the oil royalties from the Cook Ranch near Albany, Texas, to build and sustain the hospital's mission. When the polio epidemic was spreading in the United States in 1952, the board of trustees of W. I. Cook Memorial Hospital studied the special needs of children, voted to expand the facility to 72 beds with a special grant from the Tom B. Owens Trust, and changed its mission to care exclusively for the needs of children. Thus, the trustees renamed the facility Cook Children's Hospital, which continued to operate independently until the merger.

Cook Children's Medical Center, 2004.
As the 21st Century began, Cook Children’s added more than $100 million in new facilities to serve the children of North Texas. Cook Children’s Northeast Center, offering outpatient surgery and urgent care, opened in Hurst, Texas, in 2001. Also in 2001, a child development center operated jointly with Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital, and a parking garage opened on the medical center campus.
In 2003, a $53 million addition brought a four-floor patient pavilion and critical care areas to medical center and increased bed capacity increased to 282. In 2004, a fracture clinic, urgent care center and heliport were added to the medical center campus. Construction in progress will add more heart center catheterization and heart surgery facilities to the medical center in 2005.
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.
  • Comprehensive Health Care Plan
  • Dental Insurance Plan
  • Paid Time Off
  • Extended Illness Bank
  • Basic Life Insurance
  • Additional Life, Dependent & Spouse Life Insurance.Long-term Disability
  • Short-term Disability
  • Accidental Death & Dismemberment
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Retirement Plan
    • Additional Benefits
      • Child Development Center
      • Affiliation with Local Wellness & Fitness Centers
      • Tuition Reimbursements
      • Employee Assistance Program
      • Adoption Program
      • Concierge Services
      • Discount Tickets
      • Direct Deposit and Group Banking
Career Opportunities
The Tarrant County SAFE KIDS Coalition at Cook Children's Medical Center is offering free tags for families to set up their own water supervision plan. Whether it's the playground, the swimming pool or any other place children gather, parental supervision is the number one way to prevent childhood injuries and deaths. To help parents make sure one adult is always in charge of watching children in or around water, the Tarrant County SAFE KIDS Coalition at Cook Children's Medical Center is offering free water watcher tags for parents. The tags help families set up their own water supervision plan and remind parents of the importance of watching swimming children with their eyes, because often children drown without a sound. To have a free water watcher tag mailed to you, call 682-885-4244. Recent research by the National SAFE KIDS Campaign revealed that while 94 percent of parents claimed that they always actively supervise their children while swimming, deeper examination revealed that many parents also regularly participate in distracting behaviors while supervising. These distractions include: talking to others, reading, eating and talking on the phone

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Mission Statement & Values The Cook Children’s Health Care System is an integrated delivery organization dedicated to providing quality health care and to improving the well-being of children. VISION STATEMENT The Cook Children's Health Care System will improve the health of children in our region through the prevention and treatment of illness, disease, and injury and by providing quality care in the appropriate setting. This vision will be accomplished through the following:

  • We will be a successful integrated care delivery system responsible for the management of Cook Children's Medical Center, Cook Children's Home Health, Cook Children's Physician Network, and Cook Children's Health Plan, and share our successes with other pediatric care hospitals and health systems.
  • We will work to enhance the quality of pediatric care by refining patient care practices and continually improving patient outcomes.
  • We will provide superior family, patient, and physician satisfaction. We will be the employer of choice and provide a stable, safe, and caring work environment to sustain our culture.
  • We will be the provider of choice for all levels of pediatric care in Tarrant and adjacent counties and for pediatric tertiary and quaternary care in our region.

Cook Children’s is an EOE/AA, M/F/Disability/Vet employer
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Facility/Department Cook Children's Medical Center 801 Seventh Avenue Fort Worth, Texas 76104 tel:682-885-4000