Santa virtually visits Shriners Hospital patients from the North Pole


Santa Claus paid a virtual visit to patients Wednesday at the Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Greenville.

The hospital set up a special room for patients so they could cyber chat with Santa as he prepares for Christmas at the “North Pole.”

This is the 6th year the hospital has offered the service to patients. Each child also received two gifts from another room in the hospital called “Santa’s Workshop.”

The visits are made possible through Dimension Data, which uses the same telehealth technology that allows medical professionals to connect with Shriner’s Hospital patients off-site.

 “Technology is changing the way we care for patients,” said Eugene D’Amore, VP of hospital operations and CIO at Shriners Hospitals for Children. “Our telehealth technology powered by our partnership with Dimension Data shows that distance no longer needs to be a barrier to quality care.”

The Santa visits were designed for patients who are not physically able to leave the hospital, and offer a unique experience to see Santa at the North Pole.

“Any young child should be able to visit Santa during the holidays, or receive help from a trained medical professional during a time of need,” said Mitchell Hershkowitz, GTM Executive, Digital Workplace at Dimension Data Americas. “Telehealth services can help bring the magic of the holidays and modern medicine to people who may not otherwise be able to experience either.”

The virtual Santa visits were only held in four cities in the US at Shriners Hospital locations: Chicago, Spokane, Philadelphia and Greenville.

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