Santa’s Arrival to Sunrise Children’s Hospital via Mercy Air a Success


Spreading Holiday Cheer When Needed Most

Las Vegas, NV – Dec. 22, 2022 – While Santa keeps a very busy schedule around this time of year, he was thrilled to be able to make a special stop to visit pediatric patients at Sunrise Children’s Hospital. Rather than arriving by a reindeer-drawn sleigh, Santa flew in by helicopter via Mercy Air on Thursday, Dec. 22.

“With the rise of Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) in pediatric patients, a visit from Santa was extra special this year,” said Mercy Air Account Executive Tanya Paynter. “We couldn’t be more excited to spread some holiday cheer to these kiddos and their parents.”

Santa visited with patients, listened to their Christmas wishes, and gave them a special item from the elves’ toy shop.

“Santa flying in to visit the pediatric unit gave patients and families something to look forward to,” said Sunrise Children’s Hospital Chief Operating Officer Allie Breckenridge. “Thank you to Mercy Air and Santa for making this possible and ensuring pediatric patients got to experience the magic of the holiday season even while hospitalized.”

In partnership with Sunrise Children’s Hospital (an affiliate of HCA Healthcare) and local emergency medical services, Mercy Air made Santa’s visit possible. From lift-off to coordinating gift delivery, the Mercy Air team helped those in need in more ways than providing emergency care. Click here to view photos and video of Santa’s visit.

Mercy Air is a subsidy of Air Methods—the largest provider of air medical services in the United States. The Mercy Air team is equipped to provide lifesaving and specialty care, including pediatric and neonatal patients, to Clark County and beyond.


About Air Methods

Air Methods ( is the nation’s leading air medical service, delivering lifesaving care to more than 100,000 people every year. With more than 40 years of air medical experience, Air Methods is the preferred partner for hospitals and one of the largest community-based providers of air medical services. United Rotorcraft is the Company’s products division specializing in the design and manufacture of aeromedical and aerospace technology. Air Methods’ fleet of owned, leased, or maintained aircraft features more than 450 helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft.

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