MELVILLE, N.Y., Feb. 17, 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 its donation of more than $12,000 in oral health products to The Smiles for Life Foundation in support of three humanitarian visits to underserved communities in Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, and Nepal.
As part of its agreement with The Smiles for Life Foundation, Henry Schein's donation of toothbrushes and other oral health supplies will be divided between the Foundation's three missions, which are scheduled for later this spring. At each mission site, volunteer oral health professionals will work with local dentists and hygienists to provide treatment—including cleanings, root canals, implants, and more—and oral hygiene education to the local population. Volunteers also provide ongoing training to the local practitioners to ensure that community members are able to access care on a continuing basis.
The Foundation is the children's charity arm of Crown Council, an international association of independent dental practices committed to promoting oral health, fighting oral cancer, and serving communities.
"Henry Schein Cares is helping entire societies build health care capacity so that the benefit of these missions lasts long after our work is done," said Steven J. Anderson, Co-founder of Crown Council and Trustee of The Smiles for Life Foundation. "These humanitarian efforts are uniquely designed to teach and train local dental providers while immediately benefitting those in need. The effort would not be possible without the partnership with Henry Schein Cares."
The donation is an initiative of Henry Schein Cares, the Company's global social responsibility program, and continues Henry Schein's nine-year partnership with The Smiles for Life Foundation. More than 1,000 volunteers from the U.S. and Canada have treated thousands of patients during 29 Foundation expeditions since 2007.
"Henry Schein is pleased to continue its support of The Smiles for Life Foundation in its mission to not only provide essential care to those in need, but to also equip local dentists with the knowledge and experience they need to sustain good oral health in their own communities," said Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Henry Schein, Inc. "This partnership is a prime example of our Company's commitment to working with like-minded organizations to 'help health happen' throughout the world."
About Crown Council and The Smiles for Life Foundation The Crown Council is a prestigious alliance of leading-edge dentists around the world who are strongly committed to promoting oral health, fighting oral cancer, and serving their communities through charitable work. Membership is by invitation. These industry leaders in health, wellness, and prevention offer the latest dental procedures in state-of-the-art facilities.
The Smiles for Life Foundation is the children's charity arm of the Crown Council. Since 1998, The Foundation has raised over $36 million, benefiting hundreds of children's charities, including Children's Miracle Network, Children of Romania, St. Jude Children's Hospital, CURE (in Cambodia), Smiles For Hope, and the Kids Cancer Care Foundation.
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 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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