Babies at CRMC celebrate Heart Month by wearing red hats
By Kim Swindell Wood | February 9, 2018 6:40 am
Mended Little Hearts of the Upper Cumberland have donated red hats for the newborn babies at the Birthing Center at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. The babies at the Birthing Center will be wearing red hats during the month of February in honor of heart month.
“We are excited to donate the red hats to the Birthing Center every year,” said Nicole Brimm, lead coordinator of Mended Little Hearts. “These are knitted by volunteers and members of the community who donate them to us. After they are collected, we distribute them to the Birthing Center.”
The Little Hats, Big Hearts™ program raises awareness of heart disease, the number one killer of Americans, and congenital heart defects is the most common type of birth defect in the country. Statistics show that one in 110 babies is born with some type of congenital heart defect.
“It is important to me to raise awareness of congenital heart disease, my daughter Cora is a heart hero and so I do this for her too,” Brimm said. “Donating the red hats is one way we can raise awareness.”
Linda Clouse, R.N. director of Women’s Services at the Birthing Center at Cookeville Regional added, “Having the red hats for our babies is such a great way to bring awareness to those who have been affected by heart disease and to educate those who are not aware of what the disease entails. We are grateful that Mended Little Hearts donates these hats every year to the Birthing Center.”