News Release

Santa’s Sleigh to Make Cyber-Stops via Cisco Technology at Thirty-one Children’s Hospitals across the Country

Children Will Share Their Christmas Wishes with Santa as He Beams in from the North Pole
Dec 05, 2012


What:  Santa conducts video calls (via Jabber for iPad or Cisco TelePresence mobile carts) and in-person visits with young patients

When: December 4-21, 2012

Participating Hospitals:        

Atlanta, GA: Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Austin, TX: Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas, a member of the Seton Healthcare Family

Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins Children’s Center

Birmingham, AL: Children’s of Alabama

Boston, MA: Boston Children’s Hospital

Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital

Cincinnati, OH: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Dallas, TX: Children’s Medical Center Dallas

Denver, CO: Children’s Hospital Colorado

Detroit, MI: Children’s Hospital of Michigan

Hackensack, NJ: Hackensack University Medical Center

Hershey, PA: Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital

Houston, TX: Texas Children’s Hospital

Jackson, MS: Batson Children’s Hospital at the University of Mississippi Medical Center

Miami, FL: Jackson Health System Holtz Children’s Hospital

Miami, FL: Miami Children’s Hospital

Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital

New Hyde Park, NY: Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York

New Orleans, LA: Ochsner Medical Center for Children

New York, NY: NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital

Orlando, FL: Nemours Children’s Hospital

Pittsburgh, PA: Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

Portland, OR: Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel

Springfield, MO: Mercy Children’s Hospital

St. Louis, MO: Mercy Children’s Hospital

Washington, D.C.: Children’s National Medical Center

How:   Cisco Systems’ annual “Santa Connection Program” enables hospitalized children to remotely connect and communicate with Santa using Cisco’s video collaboration technologies.

Christmas and Santa Claus go hand-in-hand for many children around the world. But often those who are hospitalized during the holidays don’t have the opportunity to tell Santa in-person what tops their wish list. Fortunately, that will change for many children this year as Santa Claus has found a way to visit children’s hospitals across the U.S., without leaving the North Pole! Children will experience the magic of the season as Santa makes an important cyber-stop, thanks to the magic of the latest mobile and collaboration technologies.

These hospitals have joined with Cisco Systems this year to bring Santa 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 rooms; a mobile cart or iPad enabled with Cisco Jabber software will help Santa travel room-to-room 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!

About Cisco Systems Santa Connection

During the 2012 holiday season, more than 30 hospitals throughout the US 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 in 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.  The Santa Connection Program was developed five years ago to provide children and their families a bit of holiday cheer and happiness during their hospital stay.