Media Alert: It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year: Santa Visits Children's Hospitals Across the Americas via Cisco Video Technology
Santa Brings Spirit to Children Spending the Holiday Season in the Hospital
SAN JOSE Calif., December 2, 2013 – As we enter the month of December, Santa Claus is putting the final touches on his list and checking it twice. For the seventh year, Cisco is teaming up with hospitals across the Americas to provide children who are hospitalized during the holidays the opportunity to show Santa what good little boys and girls they’ve been (and let him know what tops their wish list). From Canada, down to the United States and Latin America, Santa will virtually visit hospitals from his post at the North Pole, making cyber-stops by way of the magic of the latest mobile and collaboration technologies.
These hospitals, with the help of Cisco and our partners, are bringing a live feed of the North Pole to their patients – using either an iPad, or a video monitor and web-enabled camera. Santa will visit with children in the hospital’s playroom, and for those who don’t feel well enough to leave their room, a mobile cart or iPad enabled with Cisco Jabber® software will help Santa travel for a bedside visit.
Much like children who are able to sit on Santa’s lap, patients will have the opportunity to pass along their wishes this holiday season in plenty of time for St. Nick to make his list and check it twice!
What: Santa Claus Conducts Video Calls With Young Patients
When: December 2013
Albany, NY – Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center
Atlanta, GA – Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Aurora, CO – Children’s Hospital Colorado
Baltimore, MD – Johns Hopkins Children’s Center
Bogotá, Colombia – Fundación Cardioinfantil
Boston, MA – Boston Children’s Hospital
Burlington, VT – Fletcher Allen Health Care
Chicago, IL – University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital
Cincinnati, OH – Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Columbus, OH – Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Detroit, MI – DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan
Fort Lauderdale, FL – Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center, Inc.
Fort Myers, FL – Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida
Fort Worth, TX – Cook Children’s
Grand Rapids, MI – Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital of Spectrum Health
Hershey, PA – Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital
Hollywood, FL – Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital
Houston, TX – Texas Children’s Hospital
Indianapolis, IN – Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health
Jackson, MS – Batson Children’s Hospital
Johnson City, TN – Niswonger Children’s Hospital
Loma Linda, CA – Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital
Madison, WI – American Family Children’s Hospital
Miami, FL – Holtz Children’s Hospital at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center
Minneapolis, MN – University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital
Montevideo, Uruguay – Fundación Peluffo Giguens
New Hyde Park, NY – Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York
New Orleans, LA – Ochsner Hospital
New York, NY – New York-Presbyterian / Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital
Norfolk, VA – Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters
Philadelphia, PA – Shriners Hospitals for Children
Pittsburgh, PA – Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Sacramento, CA – UC Davis Children’s Hospital
Springfield, MO – Mercy Children’s Hospital Springfield
St. Louis, MO – Mercy Children’s Hospital St. Louis
Tacoma, WA – MultiCare Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital & Health Center
Temple, TX – McLane Children’s Hospital, Scott & White
Toledo, OH – ProMedica Toledo Children’s Hospital
Washington, DC – Children’s National Health System
Wilmington, DE – Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
How: Cisco® Santa Connection enables hospitalized children to remotely connect and communicate with Santa using Cisco’s video collaboration technologies, including TelePresence® and Jabber.
About Cisco Santa Connection
During the 2013 holiday season, approximately 50 hospitals throughout North America will participate in the Cisco Santa Connection Program. This interactive experience enables hospitalized children to remotely connect and communicate with Santa using Cisco’s video collaboration technologies. Through the magic of the Internet, the children are connected over video directly to Santa’s workshop at the North Pole, where they can share their wish lists directly with Old St. Nick. After a personal conversation with Santa, children can join their families and enjoy a holiday party complete with gifts at the hospital. Santa Connection was developed seven years ago to provide children and their families a bit of holiday cheer and happiness during their hospital stay.
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