HCA Midwest Health
December 09, 2015

WHO and WHEN:          

Centerpoint Medical Center Level III NICU   9-10:00 A.M.

Research Medical Center Level III NICU 11:00 – Noon

Overland Park Regional Medical Center Level III NICU 1:00 - 2:15 p.m.

WHAT:  Santa’s Annual HCA Midwest Health NICU Visit


Centerpoint Medical Center, 19600 E. 39th St., Independence, Mo. 64057

Research Medical Center, 2316 E. Meyer Blvd., Kansas City, Mo. 64132

Overland Park Regional Medical Center, 10500 Quivira Road, Overland Park, Kan.  66215


WHY: Santa will spread holiday cheer next Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015 at three HCA Midwest Health NICUs – the largest network of NICUs in the region.  Dr. Rob Holcomb, M.D., Neonatologist will reprise his role of Jolly Old St. Nick and collaborate with Nationally-known photographer Jessica Strom Photography—featured on the Today show for her work with NICU babies—to bring the spirit of the season to families with critically ill infants in the NICU.  Tiny Santa hats will be distributed to each preemie as Strom captures priceless photographic family mementoes.  “The holidays are one of the most poignant times for families to have babies in the NICU,” says Dr. Kathleen Weatherstone, Neonatologist and Medical Director.  “HCA Midwest Health’s NICU and our physicians and nurses take the tiniest and sickest of these babies and nurture and nourish them, and part of that mission is to minister to the families, creating positive, lasting memories for them, especially during the holidays. Santa’s visit is one way to give hope to families going through this difficult journey, and give them something they would have otherwise not had: their babies’ first visit and photo with Santa.”

All three hospitals are part of HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s leading healthcare and neonatal care provider in the region.