Santa visits babies at Freeman NICU

Wednesday, December 16, 2009 - Santa visits babies at Freeman NICU

JOPLIN, Mo.—On Wednesday, Santa Claus took a break from his last minute holiday preparations to make a pre-Christmas stop at Freeman Hospital West. Santa visited with 13 babies in the Freeman Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). He posed for pictures and brought  gifts for these special babies who are away from home during the holiday season.

“I am so excited to visit the special babies at Freeman NICU each year. I hope to bring a little Christmas joy to the babies and their families,” said Claus.

Children’s Miracle Network works with Santa Claus to organize the visit to Freeman NICU.

Freeman NICU is the region’s only Level III, 14-bed neonatal intensive care unit, providing infant care to critically ill babies.

Children’s Miracle Network provides assistance to children from birth to 21 years of age in a 14-county area in Missouri, Kansas, and Oklahoma; helps furnish and maintain the Freeman NICU; provides funding for local community organization pediatric needs; and provides pediatric emergency equipment for area agencies.

About Freeman Health System
Not-for-profit, community-owned, and locally governed, Freeman Health System is a 404-bed, three-hospital system. Based in Joplin, the fourth largest metropolitan area in Missouri, Freeman provides comprehensive healthcare and behavioral health services to an area that includes more than 450,000 residents from Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.

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