Newborn babies at Garfield Medical Center celebrate Heart Month with special
handmade red hats
Hats knitted and crocheted by volunteers as part of the American Heart
Association’s Little Hats, Big Hearts program
Babies born at Garfield Medical Center in February are receiving red hats
knitted and crocheted by volunteers for the American Heart Association
(AHA) in celebration of American Heart Month. Garfield Medical Center
is one of 30 hospitals participating in the AHA’s Little Hats Big
Hearts program, which raises awareness of heart disease, the number one
killer of Americans, and congenital heart defects, the most common type
of birth defect in the country.
“Garfield Medical Center is proud to participate for the first time
in the Little Hats Big Hearts program and combine efforts with the American
Heart Association to bring more awareness to heart disease and congenital
heart defects within our community.”-Patrick Petre, Chief Executive
Officer, Garfield Medical Center
The Little Hats Big Hearts program provides hats to hundreds of thousands
of newborn babies in 40 states across the country. For more information
on the program, visit the American Heart Association’s website at
“Our goal with Little Hats, Big Hearts is not only to raise awareness,
but also to encourage moms to live heart-healthy and help their children
grow healthy and strong,” said Shawn Casey, Affiliate Development
Officer for the American Heart Association. “We send our message
of thanks to the volunteers who hand-made every hat with love, as well
as the participating hospitals.”
American Heart Month is an annual celebration in February that began in
1963 to encourage Americans to join the battle against heart disease.
A presidential proclamation pays tribute each year to researchers, physicians,
public health professionals and volunteers for their tireless efforts
in preventing, treating and researching heart disease.
About Garfield Medical Center
Established in 1927, Garfield Medical Center is a 210-bed acute facility
located in the heart of the San Gabriel Valley area. Garfield is a multi-lingual,
multi-cultural facility providing comprehensive healthcare services, including
Maternal & Child Health Services & Level II Neonatal Intensive
Care Unit. It is a fully accredited facility by the Joint Commission.
About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is a leading force for a world of longer,
healthier lives. With nearly a century of lifesaving work, the Dallas-based
association is dedicated to ensuring equitable health for all. We are
a trustworthy source empowering people to improve their heart health,
brain health and well-being. We collaborate with numerous organizations
and millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, advocate for stronger
public health policies, and share lifesaving resources and information.
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