Jim Sánchez, Conexión San Ángelo/ Sheryl Pfluger, contributor 

SAN ANGELO – Nancy Rink Johnson and her Little Hats, Big Hearts crew of volunteers were back again for the third year to present a batch of 150 red hats to San Angelo Community Medical Center. The presentation took place in the William’s Family Center.

Dr. Michael Blanc, a cardiologist at Community Medical Associates, Johnson and Jamie Muth, executive director of AHA, along with SACMC CEO, Buddy Daniels, were all on hand to present the little red hats to SACMC’s nursery. Accepting the LHBH hats were two nurses; one was Cheryl Fore, BSN, Registered Nurse/ Director, Women’s & Children’s and the other was Jane Derby, NEO Natal Intensive Care nurse practioner. 

Leah West with two newborns in William’s Family Center. 

The Little Hats, Big Hearts is a newborn hat project of the American Heart Association. Its’ purpose is to raise awareness for heart disease, the number one killer of Americans, and congenital heart defects, the most common type of birth defect in the nation, Sheryl Pfluger, marketing director for SACMC said in a news release.

By expanding the network of volunteers across Texas, red hats are now knitted and distributed in more than 20 hospitals in cities across Texas. The goal is to reach every baby born in February in Texas.

Here are the following 23 Texas cities which had hats distributed for a total of 3,090.

Brownwood 50

Coleman 20

Abilene 150

Fredericksburg 100

Greenville 150

Granbury 100

Midland 250

Odessa 150

Mineral Wells  50

Andrews  50

Texarkana 150

Big Spring 50

San Angelo 150

Kerrville 50

Stephenville 50

Uvalde 50

Del Rio 70

Weatherford 100

Alpine 50

Amarillo 300

El Paso 800 (5 area hospitals which includes Fort Bliss)

Cook Children’s 200

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