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In recognition of Heart Health Month, babies born in our Family Life Center throughout February will receive a red crocheted beanie. The handmade hats were donated by community member Caroline Lemucchi and a group of talented volunteers. They join with St. Francis to raise awaress for heart health, from birth to beyond.

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Caroline’s red beanie project was inspired by her husband Johnny, who suffered from heart disease and received a donor heart six years ago. He now works with organizations to offer hope to heart disease patients and their families. Caroline helps spread the message through her gift of crocheted caps to hospitals like ours that support heart health through services such as our STEMI and Stroke programs and community health education.

Our Family Life Center team was excited to present the custom red cap to the first February baby born in our hospital today – little Jair. Mom Rosa was pleased to have him serve as our poster child for getting an early start in Heart Health awareness.

St. Francis Senior Director of Women’s and Children’s Services Gwinette Cowan knows the importance of bringing attention to heart disease and congenital heart defects. She was delighted by the donation of beanies, recognizing their significance: Although  the caps are mini, their message is great – it’s never too early to take care of your heart.