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Santa visits hospital patients, spreads Christmas cheer

Hinsdale – In what has become an annual tradition, Santa Claus visited Adventist Hinsdale Hospital patients Monday afternoon. Jolly Old Saint Nick and Mary Kelling, president of the hospital’s volunteer board, handed out toys, games, ornaments and other gifts to patients old and young.

Rich Deuter has served as the hospital’s Santa on a volunteer basis for about 15 years, but his connection to Adventist Hinsdale Hospital goes back even further than that – he was born here 60 years ago. Deuter was raised in Hinsdale but now lives in Woodridge and also serves as Santa for the Woodridge and Lisle park districts. At the hospital, most of the patients he visits are adults.