MELVILLE, N.Y., Nov. 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- In the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC) is responding to the medical and logistical needs of rebuilding communities by joining its Team Schein Members to donate more than $100,000 in cash and health care products to relief organizations working in impacted areas throughout the southeastern United States and the Caribbean.
Given the size and scale of the damage, the Henry Schein Cares Foundation, Inc.—an independent 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to increasing access to care throughout the world—opened the Henry Schein Cares Hurricane Matthew Disaster Relief Fund to raise money for relief efforts. Henry Schein, Inc. matched employee donations to the fund and also donated much-needed medical supplies (e.g. gloves, gauze, bandages, hand sanitizer, toothpaste and mouthwash, vitamins, and syringes) to relief organizations, bringing the total contribution to more than $100,000. Organizations receiving cash and product donations include AmeriCares, Catholic Medical Mission Board, Catholic Relief Services, Direct Relief International, Heart to Heart International, International Medical Corps, IsraAid, LDS Philanthropies, Lutheran World Relief, Inc., MAP International, MedShare, Partners in Health, and Project HOPE.
"In the wake of a natural disaster, it is essential that private industry work with non-governmental partners to ensure that care providers have the products and resources necessary to help affected people and communities get back on their feet as quickly as possible," said Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Henry Schein. "Emergency preparedness and disaster relief are key pillars of Henry Schein's commitment to corporate social responsibility, and I am pleased to know that our Team Schein Members share that dedication to giving back to the communities in which we live and work."
The company has also opened its toll-free Disaster Relief Hotline to help customers with operational, logistical, or financial issues as a result of the storm. Customers can call the hotline at 800-999-9729 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET. Henry Schein has also supplied customers with a step-by-step disaster response guide to expedite the restoration of their business.
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 more than 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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