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4,300 Newborns To Receive Red Hats In February
Updated January 31, 2018 7:28 AM | Filed under: Health
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(UNDATED) - More than 4,300 babies born in Indiana in February will be decked out in reds hats courtesy of the American Heart Association's "Little Hats, Big Hearts" program.

American Heart Association staff will deliver the tiny hats to 50 hospitals across the state beginning this week. The hats were lovingly hand made by more than 230 volunteers.

February is American Heart Month, and the week of Feb. 7-14 is Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week. 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. The Little Hats, Big Hearts program raises awareness about both while offering new parents information about living a heart-healthy life.

Participating hospitals include:

  • Adams Memorial Hospital in Decatur
  • Bluffton Regional Medical Center in Bluffton
  • Cameron Hospital in Angola
  • Columbus Regional Health in Columbus
  • Community Hospital East in Indianapolis
  • Community Hospital North in Indianapolis
  • Community Hospital South in Indianapolis
  • Community Hospital Anderson in Anderson
  • Community Hospital in Munster
  • Community Howard Regional Health in Kokomo
  • Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg
  • Decatur County Hospital in Greensburg
  • DeKalb Health in Auburn
  • Dukes Memorial Hospital in Peru
  • Dupont Hospital in Fort Wayne
  • Elkhart General Hospital in Elkhart
  • Eskenazi Health in Indianapolis
  • Franciscan Health Crown Point in Crown Point
  • Franciscan Health Dyer in Dyer
  • Franciscan Health Hammond in Hammond
  • Franciscan Health Indianapolis in Indianapolis
  • Franciscan Health Michigan City in Michigan City
  • Franciscan Health Mooresville in Mooresville
  • Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health in Lafayette
  • Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes
  • Goshen Health System in Goshen
  • Hancock Regional Hospital in Greenfield
  • Hendricks Regional Health in Danville
  • IU Health Arnett Hospital in Lafayette
  • IU Health Bloomington Hospital in Bloomington
  • Kosciusko Community Hospital in Warsaw
  • Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne
  • Major Hospital in Shelbyville
  • Marion General Hospital in Marion
  • Memorial Hospital of South Bend in South Bend
  • Methodist Hospitals in Merrillville / Gary
  • Parkview Health in Fort Wayne
  • Parkview Huntington Hospital in Huntington
  • Parkview LaGrange Hospital in LaGrange
  • Parkview Noble Hospital in Kendallville
  • Parkview Wabash Hospital in Wabash
  • Parkview Whitley Hospital in Columbia City
  • Porter Regional Hospital in Chesterton
  • Saint Joseph Health System in Mishawaka
  • St. Catherine's in East Chicago
  • St. Joseph Hospital in Fort Wayne
  • St. Mary's Medical Center in Hobart
  • St.Vincent Kokomo in Kokomo
  • Union Hospital in Terre Haute
  • Witham Hospital in Lebanon

This is the fourth year the American Heart Association has delivered red hats for newborns in February. More than 12,000 babies have received the hats. Volunteers interested in donating materials or knitting or crocheting hats for next year, or hospitals that would like to participate in the program, should call the American Heart Association at (317) 732-4700.

About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke - the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation's oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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