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Newborn babies at Chase County Community Hospital to celebrate American Heart Month with special handmade red hats


Chase County Community Hospital is celebrating American Heart Month by partnering with the American Heart Association for the Little Hats, Big Hearts™ program, which 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. Through the program, every baby born at Chase County Community Hospital in February will receive a red knitted or crocheted hat handmade by the Association's volunteers.

This is the third year of the Little Hats, Big Hearts program, which provides hats to newborn babies in 35 states across the country, but the first time Nebraska hospitals are participating. Nearly 2,000 hats were collected from around the state to distribute at 26 hospitals.

Nebraska hospitals participating in Little Hats, Big Hearts:
• Beatrice Community Hospital and Health Center (Beatrice)
• Box Butte General Hospital (Alliance)
• Bryan Health (Lincoln)
• Chase County Hospital (Imperial)
• Cherry County Community Hospital (Valentine)
• CHI Health Bergan Mercy (Omaha)
• CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center (Omaha)
• CHI Health Good Samaritan (Kearney)
• CHI Health Immanuel (Omaha)
• CHI Health Lakeside (Omaha)
• CHI Health Mercy Council Bluffs (Council Bluffs, Iowa)*
• CHI Health St Elizabeth (Lincoln)
• CHI Health St Francis (Grand Island)
• CHI Health St Mary's (Nebraska City)
• Children's Hospital & Medical Center (Omaha)
• Columbus Community Hospital (Columbus)
• Community Hospital - McCook (McCook)
• Faith Regional Health Services (Norfolk)
• Great Plains Health (North Platte)
• Howard County Medical Center (St. Paul)
• Lexington Regional Health Center (Lexington)
• Mary Lanning Healthcare (Hastings)
• Memorial Community Health Inc. (Aurora)
• Nebraska Medicine (Omaha)
• Perkins County Health Services (Grant)
• York General Hospital (York)
* Hospital is in Iowa but serves the Omaha metro area.
For more information on the program, visit the American Heart Association's website at

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. One of the marquee events of American Heart Month is National Wear Red Day on Friday, Feb. 5, 2016.

Questions regarding Chase County Community Hospital's participation in Little Hats, Big Hearts can be directed to Shannon Kuhlmann at For additional information on American Heart Association programs and events, please contact Jamie Schneider at


About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – America's No. 1 and No. 5 killers. We team 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 association is the nation's oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit or call any of our offices around the country.