Santa visits Veterans - Cincinnati VA Medical Center
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Cincinnati VA Medical Center


Santa visits Veterans

Santa visits Veteran at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center

Santa visits Veteran at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center

Friday, December 20, 2019

The dialysis team at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center has a tradition of holding a Christmas celebration for all of the Veterans that they provide care. Each Veteran received a photo of themselves in a frame as part of the event and a one shared, “that he would give the photo as a Christmas present to his family.”


The dialysis team pictured above from left to right includes: Jonathon Jones, RN; Julia Hennessy, RD, LD Clinical Renal Dietician; Lisa Inabinitt, RN Assistant Nurse manager; Mr. Harper, Santa; Caren Whitmer, RN; Marianne Mertz, RN Program Manager of Dialysis; Megan Meyer, RN; and Vyanka Fowler, CAN Dialysis Technician.

“We build a relationship with each Veteran. Because we see them three times every week, we get very close to them and know their life stories. When they hurt, we hurt. We know who is along in the world and needs extra care. It’s a special relationship, “ shared Program Manager of Dialysis and IV Therapy, Marianne Mertz, RN shared.

Each Veteran was given a bag of food times, personal care products donated by a local Boy Scout Troop and a $10 dollar packet to use in either the VCS Patriot Store, Patriot Café or Cafeteria. “This is just great. What I get here is the only Christmas gift I get,” shared a Veteran. The Cincinnati VA values our Veterans and focuses on providing care that is always about the Veteran.

Thank you to Marianne Mertz, RN Program Manager of Dialysis for sharing the photos and to the entire Dialysis team for all of the care you provide Veterans all year long.

Lisa Hollenbeck is a Public Affairs Specialist at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center and is a Veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. She was stationed at Kaneohe Bay, HI and served as a Trumpet player in the Marine Forces Pacific Band.

If you have a story idea that you’d like to share please contact Public Affairs Specialist and Minority Veteran Program Coordinator, Lisa Hollenbeck at (513) 861-3100 ext. 6049 and/or by email at 


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