February 4 is National Wear Red Day, and Kona Community Hospital organized a “We Care to Wear Red” day for all of the employees of the hospital in order to promote awareness regarding heart disease – the #1 threat to women.
Forty-nine employees from 23 different departments were available to take a photograph to showcase hospital support of this important day. Along with them, many other employees proudly wore red today to join in the campaign.
Alarmingly, heart disease takes the life of 1 in 3 women each year. Although significant progress has been made in increasing awareness among women that heart disease is their #1 killer (from 34 percent in 2000 to 69 percent in 2009) most fail to make the connection between its risk factors and their personal risk of developing heart disease.
Founded in 1914, KCH is a 94-bed full-service hospital with 24-hour emergency services that supports the west region of the island of Hawaii. It is a member of the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation, a special agency of the state of Hawaii established in 1996. It is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. Kona Community Hospital is dedicated to providing and enhancing accessible comprehensive healthcare services to the West Hawaii community.