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McCarthy goes red for American Heart Association

The construction company’s employees at the St. Jude construction site participated in National Wear Red Day

by Gabriel CortésPublished: February 11, 2013 09:15 AM

Construction personnel and subcontractors working at the St. Jude Medical Center building site in Fullerton wore red on Friday, Feb. 1, in support of the American Heart Association’s (AHA) National Wear Red Day. McCarthy Building Companies, the firm charged with constructing the new tower at St. Jude Medical Center, encouraged the nearly 250 employees at the site to don red in support of the AHA’s mission to educate the public about heart disease.

National Wear Red Day is part of the American Heart Association’s larger campaign to spread awareness about heart disease in women. Heart disease is the leading cause of death among women in the United States, and the AHA estimates that nearly 500,000 women die from the disease each year. The organization started National Wear Red Day in 2003 to bring these startling statistics about heart disease into the public consciousness, and the event now occurs each year on the first Friday in February.

“Many people don’t know that heart disease is the number one killer of women,” said Michael Bolen, chairman and CEO of McCarthy. “By wearing red and getting the word out among our employees and business partners, we can further increase awareness and support for this important cause.”

In addition to having had its employees wear red on Feb. 1, McCarthy is currently distributing literature about heart disease at the company’s offices and jobsites across the country. The company is also mobilizing its employee volunteer program and its health and wellness initiative to motivate staff and increase awareness about the dangers of heart disease.

“We can all be champions in the fight against heart disease and stroke by understanding our risks and working together to build healthier and more active lives,” Bolen said.

McCarthy, one of the largest and oldest construction firms in the country, is currently erecting a 200,000-square-foot, 4-story patient tower adjacent to St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton. The company is also building a 14,000-square-foot central utility plant and adding more than 200 parking spaces to the existing 455-car parking structure. The new tower will house 120 patient beds and 14 operating rooms. Construction is expected to be complete by the summer of 2014, and the new complex should open later that fall.

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