Humanitarian work is a central component of the philosophy and practice of both Dr. Hillstrom and Dr. Wright.
Doctors Robert Hillstrom and Harry Wright of Hillstrom Facial Plastic Surgery feel strongly that “giving back” is not only personally rewarding, but also a responsibility to the community. As the son of a family physician, Dr. Hillstrom recalls the days of volunteerism and community support from local physicians. “Back then, doctors seemed to play a larger role in community. I see physician participation occurring less and less during a time when the needs of our community are so great. Giving back has become kind of a mission of mine.”
Volunteer opportunities have seemingly fallen into each doctor’s lap. “It’s a true source of joy for me. I love being there and I find myself so motivated after every meeting.” Dr. Hillstrom became involved with HOPE Family Services after treating a woman who was severely disfigured as a victim of domestic violence. He willingly offers his services to victims of domestic violence and now serves as a board member.
Both doctors agree that “giving back can be contagious” and they encourage the staff at Hillstrom Facial Plastic Surgery to participate in a number of volunteer activities held throughout the year. Giving back to the community and to those less fortunate only seems natural. During the holidays, employees bring in blankets and food, which are personally distributed to local homeless shelters. Discounts on products and services are offered during the month of October in support of Breast Cancer Awareness. “When we’re looking for ways to give back, we like to look for the tangible; something we can touch or feel,” concludes Hillstrom.