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October 20, 2019Cart

Business

by Fairfield County Business Journal
by FCBJ

Red hats for warmth and a cause

Newborns model their red hats for moms and staff at Greenwich Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit.

Babies born at Greenwich Hospital are wearing red knitted hats in February to raise awareness about heart disease and congenital heart defects through the American Heart Association’s Little Hats, Big Hearts program. In Connecticut, volunteers knitted and donated nearly 3,200 red hats for the program. 

Greenwich Hospital is among the hundreds of hospitals nationwide participating in the program celebrating American Heart Month. The goal is to raise awareness about heart disease, the leading cause of death among Americans, and congenital heart disease. Congenital heart defects are structural problems with the heart that are present at birth. In Connecticut, volunteers knitted and donated nearly 3,200 red hats for the program. 

“It’s never too early to start raising awareness about heart health,” said registered nurse Jeanne VanSciver, perinatal senior coordinator at Greenwich Hospital, which welcomes more than 2,700 newborns a year.