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'Big Hearts' create 'Little Hats' for babies 

January 19, 2018
photo of little red hats donated to UHS. Hats are layed out in the shape of a heart.To raise heart-disease awareness across the community, red hats were handmade for babies who will be born during February, American Heart Month.  UHS employees, in cooperation with the American Heart Association, collected the “Little Hats, Big Hearts” red crocheted and knitted hats at UHS Stay Healthy at the Oakdale Mall.  People in the community made the hats and dropped them off at Stay Healthy.

The hats will be laundered by Bates Troy and returned to UHS staff, who will give the hats to babies born at UHS Wilson Medical Center and UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital during February, said Megan Farmer, RN, BSN, CLC, coordinator of Stay Healthy Kids at UHS Stay Healthy.  “This program raises awareness of heart disease, the No. 1 killer of Americans, and congenital heart defects, the most common type of birth defect in the country,” she said. 

The nationwide Little Hats, Big Hearts effort was launched in Chicago in 2014, with UHS participating since 2016.  Between 400 and 500 hats are collected and distributed to newborns by UHS each year.