Medina hospital brings Santa back after 3-year Covid absence

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 19 December 2022 at 11:08 am

Provided photo: Kim Gray, chief nursing officer, poses with Santa during Medina Memorial Hospital’s Evening with Santa on Dec. 7.

MEDINA – Breakfast with Santa has been a tradition at Medina Memorial Hospital for many years, but after a three-year lapse due to Covid, Orleans Community Health decided to try something different this year.

“We realized with so many other weekend events taking place, it would be difficult to schedule a breakfast,” said Scott Robinson, director of marketing for the hospital’s Community Partners. “We decided we would try an evening event, with cookies and hot chocolate.”

About 30 children attended the event from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. with their parents to enjoy a cookie decorating contest run by the café, hot chocolate, crafts and an ornament making station.

There were also letters set up for children to write to Santa, with a guarantee that every child who wrote one would get a response from Santa next week.

“For those of us who helped out, it was so much fun,” Robinson said. “Santa and Mrs. Claus were such wonderful guests.”