Local Hospitals Outfit Newborns with Little Red Hats

Aug 18, 2017

Local hospitals to outfit newborns with little red hats to help American Heart Association raise awareness about heart disease

Photo of Red Hat Press ReleaseAugust 16, 2017 – Emanuel Medical Center, Doctors Medical Center and Doctors Hospital of Manteca today launched a local campaign that will outfit newborns delivered at the hospitals with little red hats to raise awareness of heart disease, the number one killer of Americans, and congenital heart defects, the most common type of birth defect in the country. As part of the program, all babies born at the participating hospitals during the month of August will receive a knitted or crocheted red baby hat, while supplies last.

“It’s never too early to start learning about heart disease and the affects it can have on you and your family,” said Sue Micheletti, CEO at Emanuel Medical Center in Turlock. “Our hope with the Little Hats, Big Hearts program is that families will become more mindful of the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle.”

Emanuel Medical Center, Doctors Medical Center and Doctors Hospital of Manteca are the local Healthy For Good cause sponsors for the American Heart Association and has launched this initiative as part of their efforts to raise awareness about being heart-healthy and encourage the local community to get “healthy for good.” The hats were knitted and crocheted by local volunteers including the senior class from a local high school who took it on as part of their senior project.

“We want to thank these hospitals for helping us make a huge impact in the local community,” said Katie Malone, executive director for the American Heart Association’s Stockton/Modesto division. “We’d also like to thank the supporters who put the red hats together. Without you, none of this would be possible.”

Heart disease is the number one killer of Americans and the number one killer worldwide, while stroke is the number five killer in the U.S., Cardiovascular disease, listed as the underlying cause of death, accounts for nearly 801,000 deaths in the US. That’s about 1 of every 3 deaths in the US. About 2,200 Americans die of cardiovascular disease each day, an average of 1 death every 40 seconds. In addition, eight out of every 1,000 babies will be born with some form of congenital heart defect.

The hats will be given out on a first-come, first-serve basis during the month of August to help raise awareness and draw attention to these devastating diseases.

These local hospitals will continue their efforts to improve the health of the community by participating in the 2017 Stanislaus Heart & Stroke Walk taking place Saturday, September 16 at California State University, Stanislaus.

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 heart.org or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Emanuel Medical Center
Emanuel Medical Center is a 209-bed acute care hospital located in Turlock, Calif. It provides emergency, critical care, pediatric, cardiovascular services, cancer diagnosis and treatment, women’s health services and surgical services. Emanuel Medical Center also offers a tele-neurology program to treat some patients with stroke or other neurological issues in Turlock. To search for a doctor by specialty or location phone (209) 250-5350. For hospital information, visit www.emanuelmedicalcenter.org.


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