Santa Connection Brings Virtual Santa Visit To Children's National Medical Center

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Live from the North Pole, Virtual Santa Beamed in to Visit Hospitalized Children Too Sick to Visit Him

Force 3's Scott Perry, families and staff gathered around as Santa brought holiday cheer to patients at Children's National.

The children beamed with joy when Santa called their names and the parents were so grateful for the time taken to visit their children.

Christmas and Santa Claus go hand-in-hand for 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 changed for many children this year as Santa Claus has found a way to visit Children’s National Medical Center, without leaving the North Pole! Children experienced the magic of the season as Santa made an important cyber-stop on December 7th, thanks to the magic of the latest mobile and collaboration technologies.

Cisco Systems’ annual “Santa Connection Program” along with Force 3 enabled hospitalized children to remotely connect and communicate with Santa using Cisco’s video collaboration technologies.

Children’s National Medical Center joined with Cisco Systems & Force 3 this year to bring Santa to its patients – using either an iPad, or a video monitor and web-enabled camera. Santa visited 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 helped Santa travel room-to-room for a bedside visit.

Much like children who are able to sit on Santa’s lap, patients had 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!

“We are honored that Cisco chose us to participate in the Santa Connection event at Children’s National. It was a truly inspirational experience to see the effect that this program has on raising the children’s spirits,” said Scott Perry, Solutions Architect at Force 3. “The children beamed with joy when Santa called their names and the parents were so grateful for the time taken to visit their children.”

About Cisco Systems Santa Connection
During the 2012 holiday season, more than 25 hospitals throughout the US will participate in the Cisco Santa Connection Program. Cisco will enlist partners from all of the country, such as Force 3 to help facilitate the 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. For more information, please contact Julia McDermott (julmcder(at)cisco(dot)com) or Andrea Cousens (acousens(at)cisco(dot)com).

About Force 3
Force 3 is the trusted provider of Data Center, Communication and Collaboration, Borderless Networks, Cyber Security services, and Medical Imaging Solutions for Federal agencies, Enterprise organizations and their key partners. With headquarters in Crofton, Md. and offices in Herndon, Va. and San Antonio, Texas, Force 3 has a 20-year history of delivering, supporting, and maintaining cost-effective IT products and services. At Force 3, we have a relentless focus on achieving our customers’ end goal through innovation, unique solutions and highly trained, passionate people. Our dedication has resulted in being named one of Cisco’s Top 5 Federal Gold Partners in America, as well as Federal Collaboration Partner of the Year in 2012. For more information, please visit http://www.force3.com.

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