HanesBrands Wake Forest Baptist Medical partnership provides free healthcare to thousands in Latin America
HanesBrands began working with a volunteer medical staff from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center to provide free healthcare in regions where the company operates in Latin America. Since the program was established in 2012, Hanes has delivered healthcare consultations and surgeries to thousands of children and adults from underserved communities in the Dominican Republic, Honduras and Haiti.
In the Dominican Republic, a team of surgeons, doctors, anesthesiologists, nurse-anesthetists, surgical nurses and medical students from Wake Forest Baptist have been travelling twice a year to Bonao to provide critical eye, ear, nose and throat surgeries for Hanes employees and their families. So far, Hanes has performed 743 free surgeries and provided more than 4,200 free medical consultations with the support of the team of volunteer doctors.
In 2013, more than 1,700 contract employees and their families received treatment for basic illnesses and infections in Haiti. In Honduras, since 2014, Hanes hosts two annual medical health brigades to provide free medical consultations to the communities with the support from volunteer doctors from Wake Forest Baptist.
Along with onsite support during the medical brigades, Hanes employees volunteer to help renovate hospitals and schools. The company helped modernize the Pedro E. Marchena Hospital in the Dominican Republic. Improvements included providing medical apparatus needed for surgeries and remodeling projects including six semi-private rooms and the family waiting room.
The medical brigades and other health initiatives are part of the Hanes Green for Good corporate social responsibility program that provides communities support in education, health, infrastructure development, and emergency fund reserves for natural disaster relief. They are funded by proceeds obtained from the recycling of materials used in Hanes’ manufacturing operations.
In May 2015, Hanes honored Wake Forest Baptist, its medial teams and two Hanes employee volunteers with the first Hanes for Good Champion Award for outstanding commitment to community service. Along with the award, Hanes provided Wake Forest Baptist with $25,000, which will be used to purchase additional medical equipment to be used for future medical missions, including surgeries for cleft palette and other ENT treatments.
Hanes has been operating in Central America and the Caribbean for more than 24 years and employs approximately 30,000 people in the region. Its corporate social responsibility programs have been recognized by the Honduran Foundation for Corporate Social Responsibility (Fundharse), the Salvadoran Rotary Club, and the Mexican Center for Philanthropy (Cemefi).