December 27, 2021 – Northwest Medical Center’s neonatal intensive care (NICU) received a special visit on Christmas Eve. In celebration of the holiday, Santa Claus stopped by to visit the NICU to pose for photos with the hospital’s smallest patients.

The visit was planned by registered nurses Supitcha Saengkrajang, who stayed late after working the day shift on Christmas Eve to dress up as Santa, and Jennifer Oistacher, who came in on her night off to coordinate the photoshoot.

“I love to make memories for the babies that the parents can keep after they go home,” said Jennifer Oistacher, a registered nurse in Northwest Medical Center’s NICU.

The photos captured were printed and framed that night and placed at the patients’ bedsides as a holiday present for their loved ones who would visit the next morning.

Jennifer, Supitcha and the other nurses, physicians, respiratory therapists and more working in the NICU often pull together photo shoots for the babies for holidays and observances, such as Halloween. The team plans and executes on these creative ideas outside of their typical duties on the unit to help make milestones, such as first holidays, special for the families whose newborns are not yet able to celebrate with them at home.

As the only Level III NICU in northern Broward County, Northwest Medical Center provides individualized, high-quality care for infants born prematurely or critically, delivering expert medical treatment with warmth and compassion to all infants in a family-centered atmosphere. Led by board-certified neonatologists, who are in house and available 24/7, the staff in our NICU works together with specialists, registered nurses, respiratory therapists and more to provide advanced care to our smallest patients.

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About Northwest Medical Center

Northwest Medical Center, an award-winning 289-bed hospital, has faithfully served communities across northern Broward County, South Florida and beyond for more than 30 years. As the only designated ‘Hospital of the Future’ in South Florida, we provide award-winning care using the latest state-of-the-art advancements in medical technology with a focus on excellence in patient safety and care experience. A Joint Commission-accredited hospital and primary stroke center, Northwest Medical Center is best known for its Heart and Vascular Institute; Comprehensive Bariatric Center of Excellence; dedicated Women’s Hospital with maternity services and the only Level III NICU in northern Broward County; 24/7 emergency medicine; minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgery; orthopedic, spine and neurological care, and more. Northwest Medical Center is training the next generation of physicians as a teaching hospital with a growing Graduate Medical Education (GME) program with specialized programs in internal medicine, podiatry, general surgery, anesthesia and pathology.

Northwest Medical Center is an affiliate hospital of HCA East Florida. HCA East Florida is the largest healthcare system in Eastern Florida and an affiliate of Hospital Corporation of America (HCA). HCA East Florida has 14 hospitals, multiple ambulatory surgery centers, physician practices, and free standing emergency care facilities, as well as a supply chain center and an integrated regional lab. Together, HCA East Florida employs more than 18,000 employees and has nearly 7,000 physicians on staff. For more information, visit


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