The American Heart Association in partnership with The Children’s Heart Foundation visited the Women & Newborn Care Unit at South County Hospital as a part of their nationwide effort, Little Hats, Big Hearts.
The campaign raises awareness of heart disease, the number one killer of Americans, as well as congenital heart defects, the most common type of birth defect in the country. As part of the program all babies born at participating hospitals during the month of February will receive a knitted or crocheted red baby hat. More than 2,000 hats were collected in the Providence office with 6 participating hospitals in Southern New England.
Volunteers assisted through all phases of the Little Hats Big Hearts program. Hundreds donated handmade red hats and came together to assist with packaging and preparing the hats to be delivered to newborns. Pier Cleaners in Wakefield and Westerly donated laundry services led by heart survivor Larry Fish. The American Heart Association is grateful to every person who made this inspiring project possible.
“Heart disease and other heart health issues are paramount on a national healthcare scale. Continuing to raise awareness and encourage discussion around cardiac care is vitally important to the future of the health of our community,” said Dr. Steven Fera, cardiologist at South County Health and member of the South County Medical Group.
Little Hats, Big Hearts began in Chicago in 2014. The project has grown to include 460 hospitals in 40 states. 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 mission.
For more information on heart health and newborn care at South County Health, visit the Center for Women's Health online or call or call 401-782-8000.