A generous surprise for healthcare professionals at Sydney’s St Vincent’s Hospital.
Last Friday 26 June, Accor gave a touching show of appreciation to over 2000 healthcare workers in Australia for providing care and compassion to patients in our communities. This comes as heartwarming news even for our aesthetic practitioner readers, many of whom have (and still continue to) volunteer their time on the frontlines.
Despite the hospitality industry being completely devastated throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the hotel group surprised 2000 healthcare workers at St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney with the offer of a luxury stay-cation in a hotel of their choice.
The group of ‘Healthcare Heroes’ (encompassing all workers at the hospital from doctors and nurses to cleaners and administration), were told live on air during breakfast TV that they will have the opportunity to spend a complimentary night in one of Accor’s 360 hotels across the country.
Accor also awarded a major prize to one special recipient – Amy Matthew; an Operational Nurse Unit Manager at St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney. The prize package includes a seven-night family escape for four people to any Australian destination including flights, accommodation and an Accor Plus membership. Amy was nominated by Ashley Richardson for the instrumental role she played in the hospital’s COVID-19 response, along with her unwavering dedication to making a positive impact in the community.
Accor Chief Operating Officer Pacific, Simon McGrath, said “We are immensely grateful for the care shown by healthcare workers. They are the true soldiers on the frontline and, day after day, they dedicate their lives to caring for others.”
“We wanted to recognise the important work they do in an authentic way, so we built this initiative, which is centred around sharing and acknowledging their stories, contributions and triumphs. Our industry acknowledges the important role healthcare professionals play, and their contribution and support is critical to us as we move through this health and economic crisis.
St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney CEO A/Prof Anthony Schembri AM, said of the initiative “We are surprised and delighted that our hard-working teams have been recognised this way by Accor. Every day I am inspired by the courage, effort, talent and kindness I see from our teams, I couldn’t be more proud to see them enjoy a well-deserved break in a luxury hotel.”
The giveaway this weekend marked the conclusion of a two-week campaign by Accor to thank and applaud the copious levels of additional work, care and commitment that healthcare professions have contributed these past few months. But the freebies aren’t over yet – if you are a healthcare worker in need of a break (along with firefighters, emergency service workers and volunteers) Accor currently offers exclusive hotel rates for you too.