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Newborns Don Red Hats to Raise Awareness of Heart Health

Published on Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Lapeer County – McLaren Lapeer Region launched a local “Little Hats, Big Hearts” campaign that will outfit newborns delivered at the hospitals with little red hats to raise awareness of family heart health and congenital heart defects, the most common type of birth defect in the country.  “Little Hats, Big Hearts” started in February 2014 in Chicago, IL collecting more than 300 hats in its first year. The program has now expanded to more than 40 states.

Heart disease is the number one cause of American deaths, according to the Center for Disease Control. Cardiovascular disease is listed as the underlying cause of death for nearly 801,000 deaths in the US.  About 2,200 Americans die of cardiovascular disease each day, an average of 1 death every 40 seconds. In addition, eight out of every 1,000 babies will be born with some form of congenital heart defect.

“It’s never too early to start learning about heart disease and the affects it can have on your family,” said Chris Candela, President and CEO of McLaren Lapeer Region. “We hope this program inspires families to be mindful of the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle.”

McLaren Lapeer Region’s cardiology programs offers advanced diagnostic and treatment options, including minimally invasive cardiac and vascular procedures and robotic-assisted cardiac surgery. From complex and innovative procedures to world-class clinical trials, patients are assured industry leading, high-quality care for life.

About McLaren Health Care

McLaren Health Care, headquartered in Flint, Michigan, is a fully integrated health network committed to quality evidence-based patient care and cost efficiency. The McLaren system includes 12 hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, imaging centers, an employed primary care physician network, commercial and Medicaid HMOs covering more than 250,000 lives, home health and hospice providers, retail medical equipment showrooms, pharmacy services, and a wholly owned medical malpractice insurance company. McLaren operates Michigan’s largest network of cancer centers and providers, anchored by the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, one of only 47 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive centers in the U.S. McLaren has 22,500 employees and more than 43,000 network providers. Its operations are housed in more than 350 facilities serving the entire Lower Peninsula of the state of Michigan along with a portion of the Upper Peninsula. Learn more at