April 18, 2018

Gildan Supports the Leonardo Martínez Hospital in Honduras With Donation of Medical Equipment

The Leonardo Martínez Valenzuela Hospital received a donation of medical equipment for its surgery ward from Gildan, which was commemorated on April 6 by the First Lady of Honduras, Ana García de Hernández. The equipment, valued at more than US $520,000, for the new operating rooms at the healthcare center will provide free services to patients in the Northern Region of the country. This new surgical module is expected to perform more than 8,000 surgeries annually.

This donation provides the hospital, which has been operating in the city for more than 110 years, exclusive equipment to assist patients in need of pediatric and gynecological surgery.  It will also allow them to improve medical attention of the brigades in these two areas of intervention.

"This important donation we received from Gildan will allow us to significantly increase the services in the area of gynecological and pediatric surgery,” said Dr. José Medina, Director of the Leonardo Martínez Hospital.  “In addition, patients will be treated with modern equipment in the best conditions."  

This donation of equipment is part of Gildan’s health program, in which the Company has invested more than US $1.45 million since 2015.  These efforts were targeted to the country’s largest hospitals, such as the Hospital Escuela Universitario and Hospital San Felipe in Tegucigalpa and the Mario C. Rivas Hospital and Leonardo Martínez Hospital in San Pedro Sula.

The funds for this program are part of the US $3.5 million donation that Gildan announced at the beginning of 2015. Gildan has worked with local governments to identify the most pressing local needs, focusing mainly on improving education and health services as well as facilitating access to housing for employees in the Northern region of Honduras.

The Leonardo Martinez Hospital performs more than 18 thousand deliveries annually and supports more than 20 medical brigades. It also provides prenatal, gynecological, oncology gynecological care, as well as specialty pediatrics consultation in the areas of dermatology, orthopedics, surgery, and otorhinolaryngology.