MELVILLE, N.Y., Feb. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC), the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners, announced today the nine finalists for the inaugural Henry Schein Cares Medal, an award that will be given annually to organizations that demonstrate excellence in expanding access to care for the underserved.
Since its founding in 1932, Henry Schein has remained steadfastly committed to serving society. Through the Henry Schein Cares global corporate social responsibility program, the Company uses its resources to support health care professionals around the world who provide care for those who would otherwise have little or no access to health care. The Henry Schein Cares Medal honors organizations whose work has been especially effective in bringing care to those in need.
Nine organizations were selected by an independent panel of judges as finalists across three categories: oral health, animal health, and medical health. From those nine finalists, three will receive the Henry Schein Cares Medal, representing one medalist each for oral, animal, and medical health. The medalists, also selected by the panel, will be announced later this year.
In no particular order, the finalists, by category, are as follows:
- Oral health: Apple Tree Dental (Coon Rapids, Minnesota), Diocesan Council for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Diocese (Phoenix, Arizona), and the San Diego Dental Health Foundation (San Diego, California).
- Animal health: Helping Paws (Escondido, California), Humane Society for Seattle-King County (Bellevue, Washington), and Portland Animal Welfare Team (Portland, Oregon).
- Medical health: Buddhist Tzu Chi Medical Foundation (Alhambra, California); Hands Up for Haiti, Inc. (Mount Kisco, New York); and Smile Rescue Fund for Kids, Inc. (Setauket, New York).
"Our Company has embraced the concept of doing well by doing good since its founding, and to that end we have long supported people and organizations that embody this guiding principle," said Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Henry Schein, Inc. "We created the Henry Schein Cares Medal to recognize practitioners—dentists, physicians, veterinarians, and their teams—who give so much of their time and talent to helping others. Their commitment to expanding access to care for those most in need should serve as examples to all of us."
The nine finalists will each receive $10,000 worth of product from Henry Schein, Inc. Each of the three medalists will receive an additional $15,000 in cash from the Henry Schein Cares Foundation, Inc. to support their charitable work. A panel of expert judges from the fields of medicine, philanthropy, social entrepreneurship and business evaluated the applications, selected the finalists, and will determine the medalists. The medalists will be announced at the Company's national sales meeting for each respective business unit.
To be considered a candidate for this award, applicants must be a non-profit organization or trust that is tax-exempt under IRS Section 501(c)(3) and that is a public charity (not a private foundation). The applicant should demonstrate that the program has expanded access to health care for the underserved in a novel and innovative way that is measurable and quantifiable. Emphasis will be placed on expanding access to health care for children (birth to age 18), although all efforts to expand access to care will be considered, including those involving animal health. Programs also should involve an established multi-disciplinary team that demonstrates the expertise needed for a comprehensive solution to expand access to care. Lastly, programs should demonstrate potential for replication and large-scale impact, and should include a business plan or demonstration of financial sustainability. The 2016 application period will be announced later this year.
For more information on the Henry Schein Cares Medal, please visit http://www.hscaresfoundation.org/HSC-Medal.asp.
About Henry Schein Cares Henry Schein Cares stands on four pillars: engaging Team Schein Members to reach their potential, ensuring accountability by extending ethical business practices to all levels within Henry Schein, promoting environmental sustainability, and expanding access to health care for underserved and at-risk communities around the world. Health care activities supported by Henry Schein Cares focus on three main areas: advancing wellness, building capacity in the delivery of health care services, and assisting in emergency preparedness and relief.
Firmly rooted in a deep commitment to social responsibility and the concept of enlightened self-interest championed by Benjamin Franklin, the philosophy behind Henry Schein Cares is a vision of "doing well by doing good." Through the work of Henry Schein Cares to enhance access to care for those in need, the Company believes that it is furthering its long-term success. "Helping Health Happen Blog" is a platform for health care professionals to share their volunteer experiences delivering assistance to those in need globally. To read more about how Henry Schein Cares is making a difference, please visit our blog: www.helpinghealthhappen.org.
About the Henry Schein Cares Foundation, Inc. Established in 2008, the Henry Schein Cares Foundation works to foster, support, and promote dental, medical, and animal health by helping to increase access to care in communities around the world. The Henry Schein Cares Foundation carries out its mission through financial and health care product donations to non-profit organizations supporting health care professionals and community-based programs focused on prevention, wellness, and treatment; disaster preparedness and relief; and capacity building of health institutions that provide training and care.
The Foundation is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended. Contributions to the Foundation are tax-deductible as provided by law.
About Henry Schein, Inc. Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC) is the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners. The Company also serves dental laboratories, government and institutional health care clinics, and other alternate care sites. A Fortune 500® Company and a member of the S&P 500® and the NASDAQ 100® indexes, Henry Schein employs nearly 19,000 Team Schein Members and serves more than one million customers.
The Company offers a comprehensive selection of products and services, including value-added solutions for operating efficient practices and delivering high-quality care. Henry Schein operates through a centralized and automated distribution network, with a selection of more than 100,000 branded products and Henry Schein private-brand products in stock, as well as more than 150,000 additional products available as special-order items. The Company also offers its customers exclusive, innovative technology solutions, including practice management software and e-commerce solutions, as well as a broad range of financial services.
Headquartered in Melville, N.Y., Henry Schein has operations or affiliates in 33 countries. The Company's sales reached a record $10.6 billion in 2015, and have grown at a compound annual rate of approximately 15 percent since Henry Schein became a public company in 1995. For more information, visit Henry Schein at www.henryschein.com, Facebook.com/HenrySchein and @HenrySchein on Twitter.
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