WRMC raises heart-de­fects aware­ness with red hats

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - THREE RIVERS EDITION -

BATESVILLE — At White River Med­i­cal Cen­ter, baby girl Athalia James Cox re­ceived the first red hat from the Lit­tle Hats, Big Hearts Cam­paign of the Amer­i­can Heart As­so­ci­a­tion. Ev­ery baby born at WRMC in Fe­bru­ary will re­ceive a hand-knit­ted red hat to raise aware­ness of heart dis­ease, the No. 1 killer of adults in Amer­ica, and con­gen­i­tal heart de­fects, the most com­mon type of birth de­fect.

“We are proud to col­lab­o­rate with the Amer­i­can Heart As­so­ci­a­tion in sup­port of those who are af­fected by heart dis­ease,” said Gary Pax­son, CEO of White River Health Sys­tem. “I want to also thank all our vol­un­teers who ded­i­cated time to knit some of the hats that will be pro­vided dur­ing Fe­bru­ary.”

The Lit­tle Hats, Big Hearts pro­gram was de­signed by the Amer­i­can Heart As­so­ci­a­tion in col­lab­o­ra­tion with The Chil­dren’s Heart Foun­da­tion to in­form par­ents and fam­i­lies of the im­por­tance of heart health. The hats serve to re­mind par­ents to live hearthealthy lives and to help their chil­dren do the same.

In ad­di­tion to the new­borns re­ceiv­ing red hats, par­ents will also re­ceive in­for­ma­tion per­ti­nent for the heart health of them­selves and their bun­dles of joy.

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. The Amer­i­can Heart As­so­ci­a­tion teams 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 (501) 707-6600, visit heart.org or call any AHA of­fice. Fol­low the or­ga­ni­za­tion on Face­book or Twit­ter.

Es­tab­lished by Betsy Peter­son in 1996, The Chil­dren’s Heart Foun­da­tion 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. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.chil­dren­s­heart­foun­da­tion.org or visit the or­ga­ni­za­tion on Face­book or Twit­ter.

WRMC is a 224-bed re­gional re­fer­ral cen­ter and the flag­ship fa­cil­ity of White River Health Sys­tem. The sys­tem in­cludes hos­pi­tals, out­pa­tient fa­cil­i­ties, pri­mary-care and spe­cialty physi­cian of­fice prac­tices and se­nior life cen­ters.

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