Cortland Regional is proud to be a part of the American Heart Association
and the Children’s Heart Foundation’s, “Little Hats,
Big Hearts” campaign. All babies born during the month of February
will receive red hats made by volunteers from around the country to help
raise awareness about American Heart Month and congenital heart defects.
Volunteers from across the country have been knitting and crocheting red
hats to be distributed to thousands of babies during American Heart Month,
reminding moms to live heart healthy lives and to help their children
do the same.
According to the American Heart Association and the Children’s Heart
Foundation, approximately one percent of babies are born with a congenital
heart defect. Early detection and support are critical for those families.
It’s important that healthcare providers and organizations like
Cortland Regional promote healthy choices and behaviors that preserve
ideal cardiovascular health throughout a child’s life.
“Heart health starts right from birth,” said Olga Levitskiy,
RN Manager for Cortland Regional’s Maternity Department. “Supporting
a campaign like ‘Little Hats, Big Hearts’ is an easy way to
raise awareness while involving parents from their baby’s first
moments, to be committed to their lifelong heart health and their child’s,
Heart health is an important part of happiness and wellness at every stage
of life, and Cortland Regional offers different education and wellness
programs for our patients and community. The medical center recently launched
the Walk With A Doc™ program and our Respiratory Therapy department
is also offering its free Smoking Cessation Program this month to help
those struggling with nicotine addiction.
For more information about becoming a part of "Little Hats, Big Hearts" go to: