Newborns at Aurora Health Care Centers given red hats to spread awareness of heart health

WEST ALLIS, Wis. (CBS 58) – Babies born at Aurora Health Care Centers across the area are wearing red hats through the end of the month to raise awareness of heart health.

Aurora Health Care is working with the American Heart Association to put on the “Little Hats, Big Hearts” campaign. The babies are given hand-knit red hats after receiving a noninvasive congenital heart defect screening.

“This is a screening that we’ve only started in the last three or four years and it really lets us know if the baby’s heart is safe when they go home,” Aurora West Allis Women’s Pavilion nurse Dawn Terpstra said.

The test is given to hundreds of babies at the birthing centers from West Allis to Green Bay. Terpstra said the hats are donated by employees and volunteers from across the state.

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