Jolly St. Nick and his reindeer landed atop Overland Park Regional Medical Center on Dec. 17 with a sleigh full of tiny red Santa caps and plenty of holiday spirit for the tiny preemies in the hospital’s NICU.

Rob Holcomb, M.D., neonatologist at the OPRMC NICU, who reprised his role as Jolly Old Saint Nick, and nationally known photographer Jessica Strom of Jessica Strom Photography, featured on the “Today” show for her work with NICU babies, brought the spirit of the season to families with critically ill infants in the NICU, handing out the red caps and posing with families and their babies.

Two of the families with preemies in the NICU included Lindsay and Mike Tiehan, parents of twins Jack and Charlotte; and Guadalupe and Ivan Jumanez, parents of Emmanuel.

“The holidays are one of the most poignant times for families to have babies in the NICU,” says Director Margaret Meier. “Overland Park Regional Medical Center’s NICU and its 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 and their families, especially during the holidays. Santa’s visit is one way to give hope to families going through the difficult journey.”


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