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Newborns sporting red hats for a cause

Fort Madison, January 31, 2018 – Today Fort Madison Community Hospital (FMCH), in conjunction with the American Heart Association, The Children’s Heart Foundation, and hospitals across the state, launched the 3rd year of Iowa’s Little Hats, Big Hearts initiative. The program outfits newborns with knitted red caps during Heart Month in February to raise awareness of heart disease, the number one killer of Americans, and congenital heart defects, a condition that affects 1 in every 110 babies born in the US. All babies born at participating hospitals during the month of February will receive a hat.

“Little Hats, Big Hearts brings attention to congenital heart defects, the most common type of birth defect in Iowa” says Angie Budnik, Community Relations Director, FMCH. “We are proud to partner with the American Heart Association and the Children’s Heart Foundation to bring the community together in support of local families affected by heart disease, and thank the incredible volunteers who make the program possible.”

The American Heart Association plans to deliver over 3,000 hats to the following participating hospitals across the state of Iowa this year: Mary Greeley Medical Center, Ames, UnityPoint Health, Bettendorf, Boone County Hospital, Boone, St. Anthony Regional Hospital, Carroll, Mercy Medical Center, Cedar Rapids, UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s, Cedar Rapids, Lucas County Health Center, Chariton, Floyd County Medical Center, Charles City, Cherokee Regional Medical Center, Cherokee, Iowa Specialty Hospital, Clarion, Mercy Medical Center, Clinton, Wayne County Hospital, Corydon, CHI Health Mercy, Council Bluffs, Greater Regional Medical Center, Creston, Genesis Health System, Quad Cities, Crawford County Memorial Hospital, Denison, Broadlawns Medical Center, Des Moines, Mercy Medical Center, Des Moines, UnityPoint Health, Des Moines, UnityPoint Health-Finley Hospital, Dubuque, Palo Alto County Health System and Family Practice Clinic, Emmetsburg, Fort Madison Community Hospital, Fort Madison, Grinnell Regional Medical Center, Grinnell, Myrtue Medical Center, Harlan, Mercy Medical Center, Iowa City, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, Hansen Family Hospital, Iowa Falls, Van Buren County Hospital, Keosauqua, Floyd Valley Hospital, LeMars, Regional Medical Center, Manchester, UnityPoint Health, Muscatine, Mercy Medical Center, New Hampton, Orange City Area Health System, Orange City, Mahaska Health Partnership, Oskaloosa, Ottumwa Regional Health Center, Ottumwa, Pella Regional Health Center, Pella, Baum Harmon Mercy, Primghar, Hegg Memorial, Rock Valley, Sanford Sheldon Medical Center, Sheldon, Sioux Center Health, Sioux Center, Mercy Medical Center, Sioux City, UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s, Sioux City, Spencer Hospital, Spencer, Buena Vista Regional Medical Center, Storm Lake, Washington County Hospitals and Clinics, Washington, UnityPoint Health-Allen Hospital, Waterloo, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, Waterloo, Waverly Health Center, Waverly, Van Diest Medical Center, Webster City and Great River Medical Center, West Burlington.

Little Hats, Big hearts began in Chicago in 2014. The project has grown to include 660 hospitals in 40 states handing out more than 100,000 hats. 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 Support Network, an online forum for families affected by heart disease and stroke.

About the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association

The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association are 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 American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. The American Stroke Association is a division of the American Heart Association. 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.

About The Children’s Heart Foundation

Established by Betsy Peterson in 1996, The Children’s Heart Foundation (CHF) is the country’s leading national organization solely committed to congenital heart research funding.  CHF is a national 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization, whose mission is to fund the most promising research to advance the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of congenital heart defects. Since 1996, CHF has funded millions of dollars of research across the U.S. and Canada. For more information, please visit: Follow us on Facebook and Twitter

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