More than 2,000 frontline healthcare workers at St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney were surprised last week with a free overnight stay at any Accor property Australia-wide as a gesture of gratitude for efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.
As part of the company’s ‘Healthcare Heroes’ initiative, all workers from doctors and nurses down to cleaners and administration staff were gifted with a voucher each to enjoy a stay and some well-deserved down time at any of Accor’s 360 hotels.
In addition, one special prize of a seven-night family holiday for four people, including flights, accommodation and an Accor Plus membership, was awarded to Operational Nurse Unit Manager, Amy Matthews, who was nominated by her team for unwavering effort and dedication in dealing with the pandemic and showing special care to all patients.
Accor Pacific Chief Operating Officer, Simon McGrath, said the company was 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,” McGrath said.
“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.
“While we lead the way in tourism, we will never forget our healthcare workers. Now it is time to let our hotel teams look after them.”
In addition to the show of support, Accor is reminding all healthcare workers and emergency service personnel including firefighters, police and all associated volunteers they can access exclusive rates for stays at any Accor property.