Newborns sporting red hats for a cause

posted 2/1/2018 in News

Covenant Medical Center, in conjunction with the American Heart Association, The Children’s Heart Foundation, and hospitals across the state, launched the third year of Iowa’s Little Hats, Big Hearts initiative. The program outfits newborns with knitted red caps during Heart Month in February to raise awareness of heart disease, the number one killer of Americans, and congenital heart defects, a condition that affects one in every 110 babies born in the U.S. All babies born at participating hospitals during the month of February will receive a hat.

“Little Hats, Big Hearts brings attention to congenital heart defects, the most common type of birth defect in Iowa,” says Dr. Samir Chandra, pediatric cardiologist at Covenant Medical Center. “We are proud to partner with the American Heart Association and the Children’s Heart Foundation to bring the community together in support of local families affected by heart disease, and thank the incredible volunteers who make the program possible.”

The American Heart Association plans to deliver more than 3,000 hats to 50 participating hospitals across the state of Iowa this year.

Little Hats, Big hearts began in Chicago in 2014. The project has grown to include 660 hospitals in 40 states handing out more than 100,000 hats. In addition to using red hats to raise awareness of heart disease and congenital heart defects, Little Hat, Big Hearts also drives awareness for the American Heart Association’s Support Network, an online forum for families affected by heart disease and stroke.