Little Hats, Big Hearts Program Raises Awareness about Heart Disease
(Corpus Christi, TX) Each baby born at a CHRISTUS Spohn hospital this month will receive a special handmade hat, knitted with love by community volunteers.
It’s all part of the “Little Hats, Big Hearts” program in partnership with the American Heart Association, to raise awareness about infant heart defects during American Heart Month this February. CHRISTUS Spohn associates say it’s a way to get the word out about raising healthy babies, and treating any underlying heart defects, which are the most common birth defects seen in newborns. Nearly 1 out every 100 babies is born with a congenital heart defect, according to the American Heart Association. “This is an exciting program to be a part of across the country,” said Lisa Cox, Chief Nursing Officer at CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi-South. “We’re happy to help raise awareness for a problem that many people associate with adults, but heart disease is a problem for the continuum of life,” Cox added.
The Little Hats, Big Hearts Program began in 2014 in Chicago and has since expanded to more than 35 states, including Texas, said Erin Wilder, Executive Director of the American Heart Association in Corpus Christi. By the end of the month, more than 800 babies will have received the little red hats as part of the program at CHRISTUS Spohn hospitals in Corpus Christi, Beeville, Kingsville and Alice. “We are grateful to the hundreds of volunteers who have contributed to this program, and we are excited to see if grow here in Corpus Christi,” Wilder added.
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