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3,000 Newborns To Receive Red Hats In February
Updated January 26, 2017 6:30 AM | Filed under: Health
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(INDIANAPOLIS) - More than 3,000 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 more than 40 hospitals across the state beginning this week. The hats were lovingly hand-knitted by 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.

Participating hospitals include:

  • Adams Memorial Hospital - Decatur
  • Beacon Health System Elkhart General Hospital - Elkhart
  • Bluffton Regional Medical Center - Bluffton
  • Cameron Hospital - Angola
  • Community Health Network - Indianapolis
  • Community Hospital Anderson - Anderson
  • Community Hospital - Munster
  • Community Howard Regional Health - Kokomo
  • Community Memorial Hospital - Fort Wayne
  • DeKalb Health - Auburn
  • Dukes Memorial Hospital - Peru
  • DuPont Hospital - Fort Wayne
  • Eskenazi Health - Indianapolis
  • Franciscan Health Crown Point - Crown Point
  • Franciscan Health Dyer - Dyer
  • Franciscan Health Hammond - Hammond
  • Franciscan Health Indianapolis - Indianapolis
  • Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health - Lafayette
  • Goshen Health System - Goshen
  • Hancock Regional Hospital - Greenfield
  • Hendricks Regional Health - Danville
  • IU Health - Indianapolis
  • IU Health Arnett Hospital - Lafayette
  • IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital - Muncie
  • Kosciusko Community Hospital - Warsaw
  • Lutheran Hospital - Fort Wayne
  • Marion General Hospital - Marion
  • Memorial Hospital of South Bend - South Bend
  • Methodist Hospitals - Merrillville / Gary
  • Parkview Health - Fort Wayne
  • Parkview Huntington Hospital - Huntington
  • Parkview LaGrange Hospital - LaGrange
  • Parkview Noble Hospital - Kendallville
  • Parkview Whitley Hospital - Columbia City
  • Porter Regional Hospital - Chesterton
  • Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health - Indianapolis
  • Saint Joseph Health System - Mishawaka
  • St. Catherine's - East Chicago
  • St. Joseph Hospital - Fort Wayne
  • St. Mary's - Hobart
  • Wabash County Hospital -Wabash

Volunteers interested in donating materials or knitting 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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