Babies born at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital in February received a special gift from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA). Red handmade hats were given to newborns in recognition of Heart Month and to empower parents to live heart healthy lives and to help their children do the same.
The AHA/ASA collected the red hats, which were knitted and crocheted by local volunteers and crafters and provided them to the hospitals through the Little Hats, Big Hearts program. The hats serve as a reminder that heart disease is the number one killer of Americans. Congenital heart defects are the most common type of birth defect in the country.
This marks the third year of the Little Hats, Big Hearts program in the Southern Tier.
Guthrie is a non-profit integrated health system located in north central Pennsylvania and upstate New York, serving patients from a twelve-county service area. Guthrie is a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network and is the first health system based in Pennsylvania and New York to join this network. Guthrie is comprised of a research institute, home care/hospice, hospitals in Sayre, Pa., Corning, N.Y., Towanda, Pa., Troy, Pa. and Cortland, N.Y., as well as a multi-specialty group practice of more than 325 physicians and 210 advanced practice providers offering 47 specialties through a regional office network providing primary and specialty care in 21 communities in Pennsylvania and New York. In addition, Guthrie offers home medical equipment and respiratory therapy products at seven convenient Med Supply Depot locations. Guthrie provides a wide range of services and programs to enhance the health and well-being of those it serves.
Gabriella Adina (left) and Harlee Lynn (right) in their red hats.