WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May. 10, 2012--
HanesBrands today announced an ongoing partnership with Wake Forest
Baptist Medical Center to provide critical ear, nose and throat
surgeries to hundreds of children each year in the Dominican Republic
through volunteer medical missions.
Dr. Adele K. Evans, a pediatric otolaryngologist with Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. examines patient Noel Espino during a volunteer medical mission with HanesBrands to Bonao, Dominican Republic. (Photo: Business Wire)
Following the overwhelming success of the partnership’s initial mission,
in which 50 children ages 2 to 17 received tonsillectomies or surgeries
for ear, cleft palate, congenital neck lesion and other conditions
earlier this year, Hanes and Wake Forest Baptist have agreed to continue
the outreach to conduct several missions each year.
The unique partnership between Hanes, a leading marketer of everyday
basic apparel that has production facilities in the Dominican Republic,
and Wake Forest Baptist, a highly ranked, fully integrated academic
medical center in Winston-Salem, will send a 12-member team of surgeons,
doctors, anesthesiologists, nurse-anesthetists, surgical nurses and
medical students to Bonao in June to conduct up to 60 additional
surgeries during the weeklong volunteer mission.
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Using the relationship that Hanes has with the only public hospital in
the central Dominican town of Bonao, the Hanes-Wake Forest Baptist
medical missions are providing life-altering surgeries that the patients
otherwise would not receive.
“It’s phenomenal how much sleep apnea exists in this country and the
severity of it (as a result of tonsil and adenoid conditions),” said J.
Dale Browne, M.D., professor and chair of the otolaryngology at Wake
Forest Baptist. “Little children have mouths that are so full of tonsil
tissue that they can’t run, they can’t play, and they just sit in their
homes. There were just scores and scores of children like this, and
typically the only chance they have to get this type of surgery is if it
is really a life-threatening emergency and they have to show up at the
Even if children are lucky enough to receive emergency treatment, there
is significant risk in having children wait until such treatment is
“The significance of tonsillectomy and adenotonsillar hypertrophy and
life-threatening emergency would mean that you waited until either the
child has an infection that is going to kill them or that they had
progressed to heart failure,” said pediatric otolaryngologist Adele K.
Evans, M.D., who joined Dr. Browne on the medical mission in February.
“Waiting until their sleep apnea is so bad that they are in heart
failure not only condemns them to needing emergency surgery for their
tonsils but creates risk of them just dying early in childhood.”
Hanes has operated production facilities in the Dominican Republic for
more than 30 years and has approximately 7,500 employees in the country.
Six years ago, the company and its employees began a relationship with
Pedro E. Marchena Hospital in Bonao when Hanes employees provided
thousands of volunteer hours to renovate the pediatric and maternity
wings of the public hospital, as well as the hospital’s kitchen. Hanes
donated funds to purchase cribs, beds and kitchen equipment, and donated
an ambulance to the hospital, the only public hospital in Bonao, located
60 miles north of the capital of Santo Domingo.
To prepare for the otolaryngological ear, nose and throat medical
missions, Hanes employees donated another 2,000 volunteer hours to
renovate the Bonao hospital’s pre-operation, surgery and post-operation
facilities. Hanes and Wake Forest Baptist also donated medicine,
anesthesia and other medical equipment to the hospital to enable the
The partnership with Wake Forest Baptist allows Hanes to significantly
expand the community healthcare support it provides in the Dominican
Republic. Screenings to select surgery candidates are conducted at Hanes
mobile clinic health fairs that are held around the country. The June
mission will include surgeries for patients transported from San Pedro
de Macoris, approximately 90 miles southeast of Bonao, and future
missions will assist patients from Santo Domingo. Hanes has operations
in Bonao, San Pedro and Santo Domingo.
“We believe in being a responsible corporate citizen and helping the
communities where we operate meet their fundamental needs,” said Chris
Fox, Hanes vice president of corporate social responsibility. “This
unique partnership with Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has been
absolutely terrific and has allowed us to take our community commitment
beyond what we could ever do alone. The medical teams that Wake Forest
Baptist sends down in conjunction with the logistical support that Hanes
provides on the ground genuinely make a difference in the quality of
life for hundreds of people.”
The medical missions also have a powerful effect on the medical
professionals as well.
“We found this to be uplifting, exciting and certainly something that
affects all the members of the team in a great way,” Wake Forest’s Dr.
Browne said. “It certainly empowers us to be the kind of health
professionals we want to be. It also allows the physicians locally in
Bonao to learn from us. We are developing an internship program in which
nurses and residents from Marchena Hospital will be able to come to Wake
Forest Baptist for two- to four-week immersion programs. These kinds of
relationships, over time, can grow and mature, and change lives.”
HanesBrands is a socially responsible leading marketer of everyday basic
apparel under some of the world’s strongest apparel brands, including Hanes,
Champion, Playtex, Bali, JMS/Just My Size, barely
there, Wonderbra and Gear For Sports. The company
sells T-shirts, bras, panties, men’s underwear, children’s underwear,
socks, hosiery, casualwear and activewear produced in the company’s
low-cost global supply chain. Ranked No. 512 on the Fortune 1000 list,
Hanes has approximately 53,300 employees in more than 25 countries and
takes pride in its strong reputation for ethical business practices.
More information about the company and its corporate social
responsibility initiatives, including environmental, social compliance
and community improvement achievements, may be found on the Hanes
corporate website at www.hanesbrands.com.
Hanes is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Energy Star 2012
Sustained Excellence Award winner and 2010 and 2011 Partner of the Year.
The company ranks No. 152 on Newsweek magazine’s list of Top 500
greenest U.S. companies.
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center (www.wakehealth.edu)
is a fully integrated academic medical center located in Winston-Salem,
N.C. The institution comprises the medical education and research
components of Wake Forest School of Medicine; the integrated clinical
structure and consumer brand Wake Forest Baptist Health, which includes
North Carolina Baptist Hospital and Brenner Children’s Hospital; the
commercialization of research discoveries through the Piedmont Triad
Research Park, as well as a network of affiliated community-based
hospitals, physician practices, outpatient services and other medical
facilities. Wake Forest School of Medicine is ranked among the nation’s
best medical schools and is a leading national research center in fields
such as regenerative medicine, cancer, neuroscience, aging, addiction
and public health sciences. Wake Forest Baptist’s clinical programs are
consistently ranked as among the best in the country by U.S. News &
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Matt Hall, 336-519-3386
Wake Forest Baptist