PUNTA CANA — Over Oscar de la Renta’s lifetime, he attained great respect and success within the fashion industry. He always gave back to his hometown of Veron Punta Cana, Altagracia in the Dominican Republic. His community has built a pediatric center in honor of his life and legacy. Opening earlier this spring, the Oscar de la Renta Pediatric Center provides free healthcare in the Dominican Republic.
According to Grupo Puntacana CEO Frank Rainieri, who spoke at the opening of the facility, the pediatric center is part of “a shared mission with Oscar de la Renta to ensure that the children in our region will thrive for generations to come.” The ribbon-cutting event was also attended by Annette de la Renta and Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina.
The Grupo Puntacana Foundation is a tourism organization that constructed the facility to recognize de la Renta’s philanthropic contributions to the community. The center houses a children’s park, a clinic and a public health education center to care for the healthcare needs of children in the region, as the Grupo Puntacana Foundation’s funding allowed for the pediatric center to cover an area equivalent to a football field.
Regulated in alliance with the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, the Ministry of Public Health and Servicio Nacional de Salud of the Dominican Republic, Akron Children’s Hospital and the Grupo Puntacana Foundation, the Oscar de la Renta Pediatric Center provides free healthcare in the Dominican Republic to over 15,000 impoverished children in the area.
The pediatric center’s mission is to provide quality medical services for Veron Punta Cana with an efficient and productive staff along with quality equipment for all children under the age of 16. With services including diagnoses and treatments for common illnesses, regular checkups, immunizations, x-rays, scans and measuring children’s growth progress, the staff will treat about 60 children per day. These free services are a key part of improving children’s health in the Dominican Republic and ultimately lifting them out of poverty.
– Jalil Perry