Newborn babies at Greater El Monte Community Hospital celebrate Heart Month
with special handmade red hats
Hats knitted and crocheted by volunteers as part of the American Heart
Association’s Little Hats, Big Hearts program
Babies born at Greater El Monte Community Hospital in February are receiving
red hats knitted and crocheted by volunteers for the American Heart Association
(AHA) in celebration of American Heart Month. Greater El Monte Community
Hospital is one of 30 hospitals participating in the AHA’s Little
Hats Big Hearts program, which raises awareness of heart disease, the
number one killer of Americans, and congenital heart defects, the most
common type of birth defect in the country.
“Little Hats, Big Hearts is a wonderful program and Greater El Monte
Community Hospital is proud to participate for the first time. In collaboration
with the American Heart Association, we want our community to be aware
of heart disease and understand that little ones can be born with heart
defects. Awareness and understanding helps save lives!” –
Dr. Stanley Toy, CEO
The Little Hats Big Hearts program provides hats to hundreds of thousands
of newborn babies in 40 states across the country. For more information
on the program, visit the American Heart Association’s website at
“Our goal with Little Hats, Big Hearts is not only to raise awareness,
but also to encourage moms to live heart-healthy and help their children
grow healthy and strong,” said Shawn Casey, Affiliate Development
Officer for the American Heart Association. “We send our message
of thanks to the volunteers who hand-made every hat with love, as well
as the participating hospitals.”
American Heart Month is an annual celebration in February that began in
1963 to encourage Americans to join the battle against heart disease.
A presidential proclamation pays tribute each year to researchers, physicians,
public health professionals and volunteers for their tireless efforts
in preventing, treating and researching heart disease.
About Greater El Monte Community Hospital
Serving the community for more than 40 years, Greater El Monte Community
Hospital is a 117-bed acute facility located in the heart of the San Gabriel
Valley. Greater El Monte is a multi-lingual, multi-cultural facility providing
comprehensive healthcare services, including emergency care, critical
care, diagnostic services, surgery, and labor and delivery. It is fully
accredited facility by the Joint Commission.
About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is a leading force for a world of longer,
healthier lives. With nearly a century of lifesaving work, the Dallas-based
association is dedicated to ensuring equitable health for all. We are
a trustworthy source empowering people to improve their heart health,
brain health and well-being. We collaborate with numerous organizations
and millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, advocate for stronger
public health policies, and share lifesaving resources and information.
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