July 25, 2019

Early Christmas for pediatric patients at Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical Center brought holiday cheer to its youngest patients with carolers, presents, and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Four-year-old Chase is all smiles for Santa’s visit.

HONOLULU  Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical Center celebrated Christmas in July at the hospital’s pediatrics department. Eight “keiki” (Hawaiian for children), ages 2–16, had the opportunity to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, decorate cookies, take holiday photos, and open presents.

Additionally, the hospital’s youngest patients were treated to a visit by carolers, who walked the halls performing holiday favorites and leading a sing-along for patients, families, and staff members. 

A 16 year old girl in a hospital bed hugging Santa Claus.
Santa wishes 16-year-old Jerzie a Merry Christmas in July with a hug.

“We’re delighted to brighten our patients’ summers by bringing the holidays to them a little early this year,” said Jaelene Yates, MD, PharmD., chief of hospital medicine and hospital-based outpatient services at Kaiser Permanente Hawaii. “Our families love it because it gives their children something to look forward to while receiving treatment, and our doctors, care providers, and staff enjoy it because they get to join in on the fun and treat the whole patient — not just the body, but the mind and spirit, too.”

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Laura Lott