Bankers Healthcare Group and Operation Smile Team Up for Send A Smile Campaign

Aug 07, 2012, 13:50 ET from Bankers Healthcare Group

SOUTHWEST RANCHES, Fla., Aug. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Bankers Healthcare Group, a leading provider of financing solutions to healthcare professionals, has partnered with Operation Smile for their inaugural Send A Smile campaign. Operation Smile provides free, safe reconstructive surgery for children and young adults born with facial deformities such as cleft lip and cleft palate. With the support of healthcare professionals nationwide, BHG and Operation Smile hope to raise awareness and provide free surgeries to children around the world.

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Every three minutes, a child is born with a cleft- often unable to eat, speak, socialize or smile. One in 10 will die before their first birthday. For each loan generated through the Send A Smile campaign, BHG will donate a cleft repair surgery on behalf of their healthcare clientele. In addition, BHG and Operation Smile hope that the campaign will help raise awareness and support within the healthcare community.

More than 5,000 healthcare professionals volunteer with Operation Smile to provide surgeries and training all over the world.

"We understand how challenging it can be for our nation's healthcare providers to balance priorities- from patients to practices to insurance companies. To think that so many donate their limited free time to travel the world and provide this service is inspiring," stated Robert Castro, President of BHG. "Bankers Healthcare Group is honored to support such a noble cause."

BHG has pledged a minimum of $25,000 for the remainder of 2012, but hopes that number will grow. Chris Panebianco, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Bankers Healthcare Group, believes that the partnership is a natural fit. "BHG is thrilled to have the opportunity to provide these life-changing procedures. We're also very excited about the potential awareness we can generate utilizing our existing networks in the healthcare community," he said.

About Operation Smile

Operation Smile, headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia, is an international children's medical charity that works in more than 60 countries. More than 5,000 medical volunteers from over 80 countries volunteer with Operation Smile to help improve the health and lives of children. Since its founding in 1982, Operation Smile has provided more than 2 million healthcare evaluations and conducted over 200,000 free surgeries for children and young adults born with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities, as well as patients suffering from burns. To build long-term self-sufficiency in developing countries, Operation Smile trains doctors and local medical professionals in its partner countries so they are empowered to treat their own local communities, donates medical equipment, and provides year-round medical treatment through Comprehensive Care Centers.

About Bankers Healthcare Group, Inc.

Since 1992, Bankers Healthcare Group has been providing financing solutions to healthcare professionals throughout the United States.  In 2012, Dun & Bradstreet ranked BHG's financial stability in the top 2% of companies in the financial sector. BHG has also made Inc. magazine's list of America's fastest growing companies in six of the last seven years.

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