Santa to Virtually Visit Patients at Children's Hospital Boston
December 20, 2007
This holiday season, hospitalized children who won't be able to see Santa Claus at the mall and may not even be home for Christmas will have a chance to see Santa and talk to him face-to-face through the magic of the Internet. Patients at Children's Hospital Boston will have the opportunity to speak with Santa in his workshop in the North Pole by using an Internet video phone (VoIP) system provided by Cisco Systems' Boxborough office, which will allow children to speed dial Santa with the press of a button. It's a unique high-tech opportunity to share with him their special requests.
Elves will be on hand to help facilitate conversations with Santa. The event will take place in the Patient Entertainment Center (PEC), which will be filled with Christmas decorations and holiday music.
In addition to making their cutting-edge technology available to patients and their families, Cisco's Boxborough office generously ran a toy drive and will be dropping off the collected gift donations for patients.
Santa Claus, Children's Hospital Boston patients and siblings
A unique opportunity to connect with Santa in the North Pole via video phone
Thursday, December 20, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Children's Hospital Boston
Patient Entertainment Center (1st floor)
300 Longwood Avenue
Please contact the Office of Public Affairs (617-919-3110) to arrange for valet parking.
Children's Hospital Boston is home to the world's largest research enterprise based at a pediatric medical center, where its discoveries have benefited both children and adults since 1869. More than 500 scientists, including eight members of the National Academy of Sciences, 11 members of the Institute of Medicine and 12 members of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute comprise Children's research community. Founded as a 20-bed hospital for children, Children's Hospital Boston today is a 377-bed comprehensive center for pediatric and adolescent health care grounded in the values of excellence in patient care and sensitivity to the complex needs and diversity of children and families. Children's also is the primary pediatric teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. For more information about the hospital and its research visit: www.childrenshospital.org/newsroom.
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