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St. Louis, Missouri −One of our Surgical Services Nurse Residents has been nationally recognized as an extraordinary nurse! Melinda Johnson received the DAISY Award from the DAISY Foundation.

Here’s what one patient’s mother had to say about her:  “Nurse Melinda is a prime example of why we choose Cook Children’s. Her professionalism and extraordinary bedside manner helped to ease the very stressful situation of our son’s surgery. This is the first time he has ever been in the hospital, so we were upset. She comforted me and my baby, and helped lead to a successful surgery.  Her love for pediatrics was conveyed through her professionalism. We’re very lucky to have nurses like Nurse Melinda.”


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Cook Children’s Health Care System embraces an inspiring Promise—to improve the health of every child in our region through the prevention and treatment of illness, disease and injury. Based in Fort Worth, Texas, we’re proud of our long and rich tradition of serving the community.

Our not-for-profit organization is comprised of eight companies, including our Medical Center, Physician Network, Home Health Company, Northeast Hospital, Pediatric Surgery Center, Health Plan, Health Services Inc., and Health Foundation. With more than 60 primary, specialty and urgent care locations throughout Texas, families can access our top-ranked specialty programs and network of services to meet the unique needs of their child.

For nearly 100 years we’ve worked to improve the health of children from across our primary service area of Denton, Hood, Johnson, Parker, Tarrant and Wise counties. We combine the art of caring with leading technology and extraordinary collaboration to provide exceptional care for every child. This has earned Cook Children’s a strong, far-reaching reputation with patients traveling from around the country and the globe to receive life-saving pediatric care. Cook Children’s is honored to continually receive recognition for our outstanding efforts and outcomes in pediatric health care.

At Cook Children’s, we believe that childhood should be simple. But when things get complicated, we also believe that every child has the right to the very best care possible.