Virtua and AHA Warm 100 Newborn Heads and Hearts

Virtua partnered with The American Heart Association | American Stroke Association for the “Little Hats, Big Hearts” program, an effort aimed at educating new moms about congenital heart defects (CHD) - the most common type of birth defect in the country - and empower them to take charge of their own wellbeing while starting a healthy lifestyle for the entire family.

“We are honored to participate in this program and distribute these beautiful hats to raise awareness about CHD with the AHA,” says Lauren Ochs, Assistant Vice President of Women’s and Children’s Services. “The earlier our moms learn about the benefits of heart health, the more inspired they will be to be well, get well and stay well.” 

As part of the initiative, 100 newborns in Virtua hospitals will receive hand-knitted red infant caps donated by volunteers from all over the state. In addition to the hats, moms will also receive a health packet which includes tips on raising healthy children, work-outs to do at home, an American Heart Association cookbook, and information about CHD. 

“The American Heart Association put out a call to knitting and crocheting enthusiasts and  little red hats came pouring in from all over the state,” said Bill Thompsen, Senior Vice President of Health Strategies at the American Heart Association | American Stroke Association in NJ. “We are so grateful for everyone’s generosity and support to help raise awareness for this important issue.”

About the American Heart Association | American Stroke 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.


May 16, 2016