• MercyOne Raises Awareness for Iowa’s Families During Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week

    Clive, Iowa; January 29, 2024 – In honor of Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week (February 7-15), MercyOne will give every baby born at MercyOne and Genesis a red hat in February. These hats symbolize our continued dedication to healing hearts – from young to old. 
    We are happy to work with the media to help promote awareness and education about congenital heart defects (CHDs). 
    According to the Centers for Disease Control, CHDs are present at birth. The defect, which is the most common birth defect in the country, can affect the structure of a baby’s heart and the way it works. This can affect how blood flows from the heart. 
    “As we commemorate Heart Defect Awareness Week, this is an opportunity to recognize and inform about congenital heart defects that can hurt our newest little Iowans,” said Neil Mandsager, MD, maternal/fetal medicine at MercyOne Perinatal Center, Des Moines. 
    “We are always hopeful every baby born is healthy, but we know that is not always the case. This is where our expert MercyOne team comes in. We help guide moms and dads as they prepare to take their new babies home. We observe signs and provide screening as needed to ensure CHD is detected and treated immediately for any baby born within our hospital. Proper and early treatment is key with CHD to give afflicted babies the best opportunity for a long, healthy, and happy life.”  

    Newborn Tatum Marvin sports a MercyOne red hat in honor last year in recognition of Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week. He was born healthy on February 13, 2023, at MercyOne North Iowa.

    About MercyOne
    MercyOne is a connected system of health care facilities and services dedicated to helping people and communities live their best life. MercyOne’s care providers and staff make health the highest priority. The system’s clinics, medical centers, hospitals and affiliates are located throughout the state of Iowa and beyond. Headquartered in central Iowa, MercyOne is a member of Trinity Health (based in Livonia, Michigan) – one of the largest not-for-profit Catholic health care systems in the nation. Learn more at MercyOne.org