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GMC Celebrates Heart Month with Little Hats, Big Hearts Campaign

Posted on 02/01/2019 by Garfield Medical Center

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. Connect with us on, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or (213) 291-7080.
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