Family values have remained at the core of The Hickory Group, even after its growth from a small company founded by two brothers to one of Australia’s leading construction groups. The Hickory Group’s corporate social responsibility program, Hickory’s Heroes, reflects the organisation’s strong community ties, with its commitment to making a positive impact on the lives of others.
As part of the program, the Hickory Group was inspired to support the Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction Service (CPRS) led by Associate Professor Sebastian King, after learning of the positive impact Sebastian’s committed care had on Carla, the daughter of one of Hickory’s team members.
Born with a series of complex medical conditions, including an oesophagus that wasn’t attached to her stomach, Carla underwent more than 40 surgeries and countless hospital appointments across several departments.
As Carla’s paediatric surgeon, Sebastian saw a case for a specific colorectal service to meet the needs of unique colorectal patients who also required highly specialised medical and psychological care. The costs for such a service are out of the scope of the hospital’s operational funding.
“Knowing that a specific Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction Service could be available to other children who, like Carla, need to receive the expert care that specifically relates to their condition, would be a dream come true for families. As has been our own experience, it would greatly reduce the stress and anxiety already associated with living with complicated health challenges”, said Carla’s mum Joanne.
Empowered by Sebastian’s vision for holistic care and Carla’s positive experiences at the RCH, the Hickory Group pledged to donate $75,000 per year over the next three years to assist with the launch of the CPRS and support two dedicated specialist nurse consultants, a psychologist and a social worker.
“The Hickory’s Heroes program champions services that align with our innovation and empowerment principles. We believe the CPRS will provide invaluable support and improve the outcomes for patients battling gastrointestinal and colorectal conditions. As a family business, Hickory Group is honoured to support these families”, said Sarah Downey, Marketing and Communications Manager at Hickory Group.
The backing of a respected and established organisation, like the Hickory Group, enhances the great care offered at the RCH, and provides an opportunity for the CPRS to become a national centre of excellence.