Babies born in northeast and parts of central Indiana this year will be given reds hats courtesy of the American Heart Association’s “Little Hats, Big Hearts” program and local sponsor, STAR Financial Bank.Volunteers from across the state hand-knitted each tiny hat, and American Heart Association staff will deliver them to several hospitals this week to raise awareness of heart disease throughout the 2017 year.
Hospitals in the area that are receiving the hats include:
Community Memorial Hospital, Dupont Hospital, Lutheran Hospital, Parkview Health, St. Joseph Hospital, all in Fort Wayne; Adams Memorial Hospital, Decatur; Bluffton Regional Medical Center; DeKalb Health, Auburn; Goshen Health System; Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw; Parkview Huntington Hospital, Huntington; Parkview LaGrange Hospital, LaGrange; Parkview Noble Hospital, Kendallville; Parkview Wabash Hospital, Wabash; Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City.Heart disease remains the No. 1 cause of death in the United States and in Indiana, and congenital heart defects are the leading birth defect in newborns, according to a news release. The Little Hats, Big Hearts program raises awareness about both by providing newborns with a red hat and information on heart disease for both parents and baby.
–News-Sentinel staff reports