HanesBrands honors Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center with special recognition

HanesBrands recently honored Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center with the first Hanes for Good Champion Award for outstanding commitment to community service.

Hanes has partnered with the medical center since 2012 to conduct healthcare consultations and surgeries to thousands of children and adults from underserved communities in the Dominican Republic, Honduras and Haiti. The medical center’s otolaryngology medical teams have performed nearly 800 life-altering ear, nose and throat surgeries and have treated more than 4,000 patients.

In May 2015, Hanes honored Wake Forest Baptist, its medical teams and two Hanes employee volunteers at the company’s annual leadership meeting held in Winston-Salem.

Along with the award, Hanes provided Wake Forest Baptist with $25,000, which was used to purchase additional medical equipment for future medical missions, including surgeries for cleft palette and other ENT treatments.

The Wake Forest Baptist surgical missions, conducted by more than 55 medical professionals, including surgeons, anesthesiologists, registered nurses and medical students, and supported by hundreds of Hanes volunteers, are organized by the company’s Green for Good community improvement program that combines employee volunteerism with funding from sustainable environmental practices, such as recycling and energy management.

The Dominican Republic surgical missions use the only public hospital in the town of Bonao, which has had its surgical suits and maternity wards refurbished and updated through Green for Good projects.

Surgical mission volunteers from Wake Forest Baptist and Hanes who received awards were:

  • Dr. J. Dale Browne, M.D., professor and chair of the otolaryngology at Wake Forest Baptist
  • Dr. Adele Evans, M.D., associate professor, otolaryngology
  • Dr. Jordan Wallin, M.D., associate professor, otolaryngology
  • Dr. Brett Nicks, M.D., associate dean, office of global health, and associate professor, emergency medicine
  • Frank Vasquez, Hanes director of corporate social responsibility, Winston-Salem
  • Sonia Almonte, Hanes human resources coordinator, Dominican Republic.

Hanes has conducted more than 75 Green for Good projects around the world, incorporating more than 195,000 volunteer hours.

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