NEW YORK, Dec. 8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Dimension Data, the global ICT services and solutions provider, is teaming up with Shriners Hospitals for Children to bring Santa Claus to patients through virtual video technology.
On December 8 and 9, patients from Shriners Hospitals for Children will be able to video chat with Santa to let him know which toys top their wish lists this year. Santa will broadcast from the North Pole to three Shriners Hospitals for Children locations in Philadelphia, PA, Salt Lake City, UT, and Galveston, TX leveraging Cisco telepresence technology.
"This event not only brings joy to kids in the hospital during the holidays, but highlights the importance of collaboration technologies, like telepresence, that have the ability to bring people together," said Denise Messineo, SVP of People & Culture. "As a grandmother myself, I see how meaningful a visit from Santa can be for children and this is a great example of how technology can be used to spread a little magic and improve lives."
Each child will receive a special holiday blanket from Santa and enjoy the company of Santa's helpers from Dimension Data and Shriners Hospitals for Children, who will be in full elf dress for this special event.
"Shriners Hospitals' partnership with Dimension Data allows medical professionals to utilize innovative technology to better serve our patients from around the world," said Eugene D'Amore, VP of Hospital Operations and CIO at Shriners Hospitals for Children. "Telemedicine programs assist our caregivers at Shriners Hospitals in providing expert care while also reducing travel expenses and saving time off work for the families our hospitals serve."
In addition to its partnership with Shriners Hospitals for Children, Dimension Data also participates in a range of activities to give back to their local communities as part of their Heads, Hearts and Hands program. As part of the program, Dimension Data employees receive eight hours of paid time off annually to give back to the charities of their choice. Every year, Dimension Data employees participate in hundreds of corporate social responsibility initiatives with organizations such as the MS Society, Habitat for Humanity, and City Year. Worldwide, Dimension Data participates in more than 500 initiatives every year.
About Dimension Data
Founded in 1983, Dimension Data plc is an ICT services and solutions provider that uses its technology expertise, global service delivery capability, and entrepreneurial spirit to accelerate the business ambitions of its clients. Dimension Data is a member of the NTT Group. Visit us at http://www.dimensiondata.com/en-US, like us on www.facebook.com/DimensionDataAmericas or follow us @DimensionDataAM.
About Shriners Hospitals for Children
Shriners Hospitals for Children is changing lives every day through innovative pediatric specialty care, world-class research and outstanding medical education. Our 22 locations in the United States, Canada and Mexico provide advanced care for children with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and palate. Learn more at ShrinersHospitalsforChildren.org.
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