Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park took a major step toward inclusivity and added a brand new line of hijabs to its gift shop on Thursday.
The hospital partnered with a local business called Henna and Hijabs (H&H) to make comfortable headscarves available to patients and staff. According to a Facebook post, the owner of H&H is a longtime volunteer and colleague at Park Nicollet.
"Since I began volunteering at Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital 10 years ago, they've always been receptive to diverse viewpoints," said Hilal Ibrahim, founder of H&H.
Ibrahim told KSTP she noticed patients trying to wear hospital blankets on their heads and Muslim nurses struggling to secure their hijabs while working. That's when she decided to share her ideas about medical headscarves.
The line of medical hijabs includes 10 different designs. They are made of soft, breathable fabric and are designed to be comfortable for both patients and staff.
The hospital says it is the first in the U.S. to offer a hijab product.