Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center and Parkwest Medical Center, both member hospitals of Covenant Health, will provide babies born at the two hospitals during the month of February with red knitted hats as part of the “Little Hats, Big Hearts” initiative sponsored by the Knoxville chapter of the American Heart Association. The initiative raises awareness of heart disease, the number one killer of American’s and congenital heart defects, the most common type of birth defect in the country.

Volunteers throughout the southeast have been knitting red hats for newborns for the “Little Hats, Big Hearts” awareness program, which started in Chicago in 2014 and has expanded throughout the nation.

“We are so pleased for our Knoxville member hospitals to be part of this initiative to help the American Heart Association continue raising awareness about heart disease and about congenital heart defects,” said Debby Saraceni, Covenant Health vice president of marketing and physician services. “We often think about heart disease as something that occurs later in life, but there are more than a dozen types of common heart defects that can exist at birth. The red hats for newborns are a great way bring attention to these conditions. We look forward to sharing the knitters’ handiwork with families who deliver their babies at Fort Sanders Regional and Parkwest Medical Centers in February.”

Covenant Health provides a full spectrum of women’s services throughout the health system, including high-risk obstetrical services at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. Covenant’s five member hospitals that provide obstetrical services have been recognized by Tennessee Hospital Association for reducing early elective deliveries, thereby increasing babies’ chances for better lifelong health.

The health system also offers comprehensive heart care services ranging from diagnostics to emergency intervention, advanced medical technology, and cardiac rehabilitation. For more information, visit www.covenanthealth.com or call (865) 541-4500.