A team of 75 employees at McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. were honored recently by Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego for raising a total of $13,725 as part of its second annual SeaWorld Shamu & You Family Walk that benefited the hospital. McCarthy's "Rady Children's Hospital Construction Team" raised the largest amount by a single team.
A special reception, attended by participants of the McCarthy Rady Children's Hospital Construction Team and representatives of Rady Children's Hospital, was held February 4 in front of the hospital's Inspiration Fountain. Rady Children's Hospital Vice President of Facilities Tim Jacoby and Director of Corporate Development Mindy Collins were present to present McCarthy participants with framed certificates and various prizes for their fundraising efforts.
Because Rady Children's Hospital is a nonprofit hospital, it depends on the community to help fund critically needed care and services. The 1-mile SeaWorld Shamu & You Family Walk successfully raised more than $166,000 for the Rady Children's Hospital's patient care fund.
McCarthy Building Companies is the general contractor for the new $260-million, 279,000-square-foot Patient Care Pavilion at Rady Children's Hospital. The facility will house a much-needed surgical center, 84 medical-surgical beds, a neonatal intensive care center, and a cancer center to aid in fulfilling the increasing demand for children's critical care in the San Diego area. The facility will include 16 operating rooms with associated support departments, a 28-bed hematology and oncology unit, a 10-bed bone marrow transplant intensive care unit, a 32-bed neonatal intensive care unit, and 84 acuity adaptable medical surgery beds. One major goal for the project is to design and build a facility that can attain LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certification. Completion of the project is scheduled for summer 2010.
"It was gratifying to get a team together for such a worthy cause," said McCarthy's Project Director Steve Van Dyke, who was the top individual fundraiser for the Rady Children's Hospital Construction Team. "We get to see the positive impact that Rady Children's Hospital has on children's lives every day, and we wanted to help out, too."
Van Dyke alone raised $4,200 for the SeaWorld Shamu & You Family Walk. McCarthy Assistant Project Manager Jason Mrozek, who works alongside Van Dyke at the McCarthy construction trailer on the site of the new Rady Children's Hospital Patient Care Pavilion and whose nine-month-old daughter, Bailey, has been an ongoing patient at the hospital, was the second highest individual fundraiser for the team, bringing in $2,800.