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Chris Fox, Hanesbrands Inc.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Hanesbrands Inc. and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have built the cornerstone for a health care initiative in an impoverished area of the Dominican Republic.

The groups are collaborating on providing access to ear, nose and throat outpatient procedures for children near a public hospital in Bonao, a city of 125,000 where Hanesbrands has a textile plant and 1,800 employees.

The medical center sent its first 14-member medical team to Hospital Pedro de Marchena in February, where it performed more than 50 procedures, such as tonsillectomies, ear surgeries, cleft procedures and the repair of congenital neck lesions. At least 15 patients are the children of Hanesbrands employees.

Wake Forest Baptist said it is the first time it has engaged in an international medical mission with a corporation.

The groups aim to establish a medical presence “that hopefully outlasts all of us,” said Christopher Fox, Hanesbrands’ vice president of corporate social responsibility. A second trip is planned for June.

This article was written by Richard Craver and originally published by The Winston-Salem Journal. Click here to read more.