MELVILLE, N.Y., June 27, 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 that it has awarded the inaugural Henry Schein Cares Medal for oral health—an award that will be given annually to one organization that demonstrates excellence in expanding access to oral health care for people in need—to the Diocesan Council for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVDP). Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Henry Schein, Inc., presented the Phoenix-based organization with the medal at the Company's national dental sales meeting in Dallas last week.
SVDP (http://www.stvincentdepaul.net/) was recognized for the work of its Dental Clinic, which has partnered with local schools for 19 years to identify low-income and uninsured children who have serious dental needs. Volunteer dentists and oral health professionals working with SVDP's Dental Clinic provide these children with individual treatment plans that include preventive and restorative treatment, orthodontic care, and oral hygiene education. Since its inception, more than 11,000 children have received treatment from the clinic. The clinic also provides treatment to adults in need, including cleanings, fillings, extractions, and denture fittings.
"For the past 84 years, our Company has been guided by the idea that corporate success and social responsibility are two sides of the same coin, and we created the Henry Schein Cares Medal to recognize those organizations whose commitment to helping people in need so closely mirrors our own," said Mr. Bergman. "We are pleased to award the inaugural Henry Schein Cares Medal for oral health to the Diocesan Council for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in recognition of their steadfast commitment to expanding access to dental care for community members in need."
Henry Schein works to serve 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 it. The Henry Schein Cares Medal honors organizations whose work has been especially effective in bringing care to those in need.
"Our dental clinic is a key piece of our mission to feed, clothe, house, and heal people and families in the Phoenix community who have nowhere else to turn for help, and we are honored to be recognized for our efforts with the Henry Schein Cares Medal," said Dr. Ken Snyder, SVDP's Dental Director. "This award is a testament to the dedication and hard work of the dental volunteers who donate their time and talent to preserving smiles and ensuring that children and adults understand the link between oral health and their overall health."
SVDP was selected by an independent panel of judges from a field of three finalists, which also included Apple Tree Dental (http://www.appletreedental.org/) of Coon Rapids, Minnesota, and the San Diego Dental Health Foundation (https://sdcds.org/menus/dental-health-foundation.html). As the medalist, SVDP will receive $15,000 in cash from the Henry Schein Cares Foundation, Inc. to support its work. In addition, each finalist will receive $10,000 worth of product from Henry Schein, Inc. A short video about SVDP's work can be found at https://youtu.be/dEj9ezmCdNI.
The Henry Schein Cares Medal in the medical health category was awarded in March to Hands Up for Haiti, of Mount Kisco, New York. Also recognized as finalists were The Buddhist Tzu Chi Medical Foundation, of Alhambra, California; and Smile Rescue Fund for Kids, Inc., of Setauket, New York. The medal in the animal health category was awarded in April to the Portland Animal Welfare Team, of Portland, Oregon. Also recognized as finalists were the Humane Society for Seattle-King County, of Bellevue, Washington; and Helping Paws, of Escondido, California.
The application period for the 2017 Henry Schein Cares Medal will be announced this summer. To be considered a candidate, 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.
For more information on the Henry Schein Cares Medal, please visit: http://www.hscaresfoundation.org/us-en/sites/HSCaresFoundation/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 110,000 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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