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Merrick Industrial and Florida Carpenters Demonstrate Their Appreciation of Front Line Healthcare Workers

Miami’s Jackson Memorial is a frequent job site location for union carpenters and union contractor Merrick Industrial Management Corporation. The hospital’s staff is going above and beyond to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, and both the carpenters union and Merrick made sure it didn’t go unnoticed.

First, Merrick arranged for six high-tech medical staff protective devices to get delivered to the hospital.

“We have always believed in the importance of showing our gratitude to our employees, vendors, partners, and clients," said Lonny Anger of Merrick.

"When COVID-19 hit, it impacted the hospital system dramatically. We have continued to work throughout, and although we are not doctors or nurses, we view our role as important “behind the scenes” essential workers, helping keep the hospital clean, expediting projects to make room for potential patients, or assisting in any way the hospital deems appropriate.”

So, when manufacturer Vistamatic created VENTBOXX, a glass-enclosed intubation box that keeps doctors and nurses safe, the company asked for donations to help ship its device to hospitals around the country.

“We specifically asked for our donation of six boxes to be sent to Jackson Memorial Hospital for their ER, trauma, and anesthesia units,” Anger said. “As we shared with Jackson: ‘Our partnership doesn’t end when we put down the hammer.’”

“At times like these, knowing there are others that embody generosity is humbling and inspiring,” said Jackson Memorial’s EVP/Chief Development Officer Flavia Llizo in a letter to Merrick.

“Jackson opened its doors during the deadly influenza outbreak of 1918, and since then it has stayed true to its mission of providing high standard quality of care for all, regardless of their ability to pay. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for supporting us in our mission.”

Most recently, members of the Florida Carpenters Regional Council spent the day formally thanking frontline workers at Jackson Memorial with a day-long “thank you” bannering event.

“It’s the least we can do to recognize these outstanding medical professionals,” said Florida Carpenters’ Executive Secretary-Treasurer, James Banks.

“We understand what it takes to be the best in your craft, and we can relate to the passion that fuels these frontline workers to deliver exceptional performance. We are most thankful to all of our Jackson Memorial friends.”

Working in a hospital facility takes a special skill. Check out our healthcare construction program: http://www.flcrc.org/TrainingICRA.xml