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Lutheran Children’s Hospital and Special Guests Find Unique Ways to Spread Holiday Cheer to Pediatric Patients

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Dec. 7, 2009) — Visiting hospitalized children, especially during the holidays, is an important way many area residents give back to the community. Pediatric patients at Lutheran Children's Hospital are fortunate to be on the receiving end of many of these kind gestures.

For kids who are in isolation or too sick to leave their rooms, caregivers at Lutheran Children's Hospital have come up with a unique way to include as many of them as possible when special guests and groups drop by. A video camera has been set up in the pediatric playroom where many interesting activities take place during the year. Through a closed-circuit system, pediatric patients can now see and hear everything that's happening via the television in their room.

The closed-circuit system is expected to be used frequently whenever visitation is restricted, like it was during the recent wave of probable H1N1 cases, but it also provides guests an opportunity to make general presentations to multiple patients before they visit individual rooms.

The camera has already been used several times this holiday season and more broadcasts are expected between now and Christmas.


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