Helping patients feel better, one headband at a time

EMT’s gift makes winter warmer

HEMT headbands

A member of HealthEast Medical Transportation since 2017, Hannah Schwarze feels privileged to care for patients during some of the most stressful times of their lives. “I do whatever I can to ease their anxiety and comfort them,” she says, “physically and emotionally.”

A few years ago, a college friend gave her a crocheted headband and she loved it – especially since she gets cold on the job.

“I remembered my own headband when I heard our patients occasionally share that their ears were cold as we moved them from an inside location to our ambulance,” Hannah says. “That’s when I thought: What if we could provide headbands for every patient who wanted one?”

Taught by her mother how to crochet in middle school, Hannah started creating these one-of-a-kind treasures for the ambulances that serve HealthEast and Fairview patients.

It takes about two hours to crochet a headband. To date, Hannah has completed 20 and given away five. But it’s still early in the season.

“Co-workers systemwide are invited to join me in building our headband inventory,” Hannah says. “Beginning to advanced crocheters are welcome; they can do what they can, when they can.”

Yarn has been donated by Hannah’s mother and a friend. An educational YouTube video is available, and Hannah is open to providing some quick lessons when she’s not on shift.

“Crocheting keeps my hands busy in between transports,” she says. “I like that I’m being both creative and productive while helping patients feel better.”

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