Over 20 and team mascot visit patients in playrooms and bedside to boost spirits


LLUCH patient, Emri, 9, along with his nurse, Anita Vergara, got to meet players and the mascot from Ontario Reign on Wednesday, Jan 3.

LLUCH patient, Edgar Rodriguez, 6, of San Jacinto, got a bedside visit from the Ontario Reign and their feline mascot, Kingston.

LOMA LINDA, CA – January 10, 2017 – Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital (LLUCH) patients got a visit from Inland Empire ice hockey team Ontario Reign on Wednesday, Jan. 3. Over 20 team members and mascot Kingston took to the hospital playrooms to interact with patients, play games and sign Reign swag for the kids to keep.

One patient, 9-year-old Emri Sjostrom, of Norco, was on his way to a procedure when the team intercepted him for a quick meet and greet. An avid hockey fan, Emri had been looking forward to meeting the team all day. Players high-fived the young patient as he was wheeled away sending him well wishes for speedy recovery.

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The Children’s Hospital is the only dedicated pediatric hospital in the vast geographic region of San Bernardino, Riverside, Inyo and Mono counties. With 348 beds dedicated just for kids, one of the largest Neonatal Intensive Care Units in the country and more than 100,000 children who come each year, LLUCH is a major pediatric teaching facility, known worldwide as the pioneer of neonatal heart transplantation. LLUCH is part of Loma Linda University Health – the umbrella organization encompassing Loma Linda University’s eight professional schools, Loma Linda University Medical Center’s six hospitals and more than 900 faculty physicians located across the Inland Empire in Southern California. A Seventh-day Adventist organization, Loma Linda University Health is a faith-based health system with a mission “to continue the teaching and healing ministry of Jesus Christ.”

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