Hospitalized children are getting a healthy dose of holiday cheer thanks to a sweet little initiative from Santa’s workshop.
This week, Nemours Children’s Health System is utilizing their telemedicine service, CareConnect, to allow hospitalized children to have a face-to-face conversation with Santa who will be speaking to them from the “North Pole.”
The children at Nemours hospitals in Orlando and Delaware and will be able to share their Christmas wishes and interact with Santa’s elves who will be helping manage the video conference in person.
“Being hospitalized at this time of year can leave kids feeling left out of the holiday season. Santa’s virtual visits from the North Pole offer these kids a fun and special experience,” said Carey Officer, Operational Vice President of Nemours CareConnect and Center for Health Delivery Innovation.
And judging by the reactions of the kids, the initiative has been a huge success.
“I wasn’t expecting this visit at all,” said Rebecca Merrifield, a mother of a Nemours Children’s Hospital patient. “It’s nice to get a little surprise for the children. When we come to the hospital, he can be a little down, but to get lifted up a little bit from a simple virtual call from Santa, is just awesome.”
(WATCH the sweet video below)