ST. LOUIS, Mo. — For the second year in a row, construction workers and subcontractors on McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. projects across America wore red on the first Friday in February in support of the American Heart Association National Wear Red Day.
This effort is designed to focus attention on the number one killer of women – heart disease. McCarthy is a strong supporter of AHA efforts nationwide.
“Heart disease is the number one killer of women, but many people don’t know the warning signs and aren’t sure how to limit the risks,” explained McCarthy Chairman/CEO and American Heart Association Western States Board Member Michael Bolen. “We hope that by wearing red and getting the word out among our employees and business partners, we can raise awareness and ultimately help improve people’s lives.”
To help spread the word, McCarthy provided literature about heart disease in women at the firm’s jobsites and office locations for all to review and share with women in their lives. Among the many McCarthy project teams participating in the event were crews at the Torrance Memorial Medical Center in Torrance, Calif.; University of California, Merced; IHS San Carlos Apache Rural Healthcare Center in Peridot, Ariz.; San Jacinto River Authority Surface Water Facility in Conroe, Texas; Fort Bliss Hospital Replacement in El Paso, Texas; Mercy Joplin Replacement Hospital in Joplin, Mo.; MARS Chocolate North America in Topeka, Kan. and Georgia Institute of Technology Engineered Biosystems Building in Atlanta, Ga.
McCarthy utilized the firm’s “Heart Hats” community involvement program, in conjunction with the its McCarthy Build for Life health and wellness program, to motivate staff and increase awareness about the dangers of heart disease. Each year, McCarthy Heart Hats volunteers donate countless hours of in-kind services and monetary contributions to improve local communities. In 2014, McCarthy was ranked among the 2014 Healthiest 100 Workplaces in America by Healthiest Employers.