A Christmas Surprise for Hospital Patients

TTUHSC Pathology’s Santa, Mrs. Claus and Elves share holiday cheer

Christmas

Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and elves delivered early Christmas presents to young patients and spread holiday cheer to those still young at heart at UMC Children’s Hospital and Southwest Cancer Center.
 

Employees from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) School of Medicine’s Department of Pathology dressed up as Santa,

Santa & Mrs. Claus visit a little boy

Mrs. Claus and elves and gave out candy canes, blankets, headphones, playing cards, stuffed animals, word searches, coloring books and crayons and posed for pictures with patients, visitors and employees.
 
“Our director, Warren Hatley, grew his beard and we started telling him he would be a great Santa because his beard was getting long,” said Lupita Ramos, elf and lead specialist. “He pondered the idea for a couple of days and suggested going to the Children’s Hospital and Southwest Cancer Center and the rest of us could be his elves. This is the first year that we did this, and we couldn’t be more happy and humbled to bring smiles to these children and their parents.”
 

Santa shares present with little girl

Between 25 to 30 young patients received presents from the group, who contributed the funds to purchase the gifts.
 
The Department of Pathology members were motivated to do this project because the nature of their job excludes seeing patients and they wanted that human interaction.
 

Santa

“The gift of giving is priceless, and we are privileged to work with a department that did not hesitate to come together for this special event,” Ramos said.
 
“Although this is our first year to do this, there was a lot of enthusiasm for this project. If all goes well, we plan on making this a yearly event,” Hatley (Santa Claus) said.
 

Santa, Mrs. Claus & the elves

The elves included Teri West, chief histologic tech; Nelda Cruz, lead coding and reimbursement specialist; Irma Acevedo, senior coding and reimbursement specialist; and Paola Jimenez, histologic assistant, portrayed Mrs. Claus.
 
“We are definitely looking forward to doing this again next year,” Ramos said.

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Beginning in 1969 as the Texas Tech University School of Medicine, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) is now a five-school university with campuses in Abilene, Amarillo, Dallas/Fort Worth, Lubbock, Midland and Odessa.

TTUHSC offers students the opportunity to expand knowledge in programs that are on the forefront of health care education. Our programs and facilities give students the opportunity for hands-on research and clinical experience, and various collaborations with community entities provide students the practical knowledge that is vital to their success.

Almost 50 years since opening, TTUHSC has now trained more than 20,000 health care professionals, and meets the health care needs of more than 2.5 million people in the 108 counties including those in the Texas Panhandle and eastern New Mexico.

Through research, education and patient care, TTUHSC aims to promote a greater health environment for West Texas and beyond. We strive to decrease health disparities for rural populations and improve the health of the community through collaborations with area hospitals and health centers.

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