HanesBrands Wake Forest Baptist Medical partnership provides free healthcare to thousands in Latin America
In 2011, 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. To date, 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 life-changing eye, ear, nose and throat surgeries for Hanes employees and their families. More than 950 surgeries and 5,400-plus medical consultations have been provided via the partnership, all free of charge.
In 2013, more than 1,700 contract employees and their families received treatment for basic illnesses and infections in Haiti.
Hanes and Wake Forest has hosted medical brigades in Honduras since 2014, providing free medical consultations to various communities. The latest round of brigades were held in two schools, which Hanes partners with on an ongoing basis. More than 1,300 children received free health assessments and ophthalmological and dental consultations. To date, approximately 4,500 Hondurans have received free medical care through the program.
Also in Honduras and El Salvador, Hanes employees and their families can take advantage of free medical consultations during health fairs that take place twice a year in each of the company’s plants. For example, more than 4,500 employees and their families received free medical care, including preventive health, dental care, vaccinations, gynecological and ophthalmological consultations, among other services, though health fairs in Honduras last year.
The company’s employees also give back to the community, volunteering to help renovate schools and hospitals, including the Pedro E. Marchena Hospital and the Dr. Jose A. Columna Hospital in the Dominican Republic. Hanes donated the medical apparatus needed for surgeries and its employees helped remodel surgery rooms, semi-private rooms and family waiting rooms.
The medical brigades and other health initiatives are part of the Hanes for Good corporate social responsibility program that provides the communities in which the company operates with support in education, healthcare, infrastructure development and natural disaster relief. The programs are funded by proceeds obtained from energy savings and from 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 donated $25,000 to Wake Forest, which was used to purchase additional equipment needed to perform correct cleft palette and other ENT treatments during medical missions.
Hanes has been operating in Central America and the Caribbean for more than four decades 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).