PATERSON, NJ- Hospital administrators, medical staff, young patients, families, community leaders and local residents joined together at St Joseph’s Health on Tuesday to enjoy the good cheer of the holidays and light the Christmas tree standing tall outside the Hospital’s main entrance.
Following the lighting of the tree, which was switched on by St. Joseph’s Health CEO Kevin Slavin and several children, an ambulance pulled up transporting none other than Santa Claus.
Santa looked to be in good health and ready for his global journey as he was greeted by smiling children, high fives and hugs.
Among the children at St. Joseph’s today was nine-year-old Tyler Huari who visits the hospital every five weeks for continued treatment of a blood disorder he's fought since birth. When asked who his favorite nurses are he smiled and responded with the nicknames he has given several including "Nurse Spaghetti & Meatballs", "Nurse $5", and "Nurse Olaf".
These nurses, and the other professionals Tyler regularly encounters are, according to his mother Erica Torres, "like family," always available to answer any questions or offer support, and "very good with the kids."
Looking forward to Christmas, Tyler, who "cleans (his) room, takes care of (his) pets, and gets good grades," is hoping that Santa will deliver an X-Box under the tree.