Teleconference will beam Santa from North Pole to children's bedsides, while elves give gifts by proxy

December 17, 2007

What

Christmas will come early for children at the University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital. Since they can't go to malls and department stores to see Santa, Santa--through the mysteries of technology--will come to them.

Through the Cisco Santa Claus Connection, critically ill children can have a face-to-face conversation with Santa via laptop computer. The children stay in bed, pick up a phone, press a button and, presto, talk with Santa while the activity of his North Pole workshop goes on around him. As Santa and the children converse, his technically suave elves will deliver antlers and gifts in person.

Who

Santa and staff

Where

University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital
5721 S. Maryland Avenue, Chicago

When

Wednesday, December 19, 2007
1 p.m.

Media can park on the west side of Maryland Avenue between 57th and 58th Streets. For more information, please call Theresa Carson at (773) 702-6241 or Cisco's Molly Ford at (650) 862-2273.

The University of Chicago Medicine
Communications
950 E. 61st Street, Third Floor
Chicago, IL 60637
Phone (773) 702-0025 Fax (773) 702-3171


Press Contact

John Easton
(773) 702-0025
john.easton@uchospitals.edu