MELVILLE, N.Y., Oct. 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 commitment of $50,000 to The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) for its Donated Orthodontic Services (DOS) program. The donation will be made available through Henry Schein Cares, the company's global social responsibility program and Henry Schein Orthodontics, the Orthodontics business of Henry Schein, Inc.
Henry Schein's donation will help the DOS program carry on its mission to provide pro bono orthodontic treatment for economically disadvantaged children who lack insurance coverage or who do not qualify for other dental health assistance in the state where they live.
"As part of our commitment to help enhance access to oral care to underserved communities, it was an easy decision to support a program that aligns so well with the values of our global social responsibility program, Henry Schein Cares," said Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Henry Schein. "Together with our valued orthodontic customers, we look forward to helping AAO fulfill its goal of providing orthodontic care to those most in need."
Since it was created in 2009, the DOS program has expanded from five to 10 state sponsored programs and nationwide access where volunteering orthodontists are matched with patients most in need of care as identified by AAO and Dental Lifeline Network. Henry Schein Cares and Henry Schein Orthodontics' contribution of $50,000 will underwrite the costs for materials, supplies and equipment needed to deliver patient care.
"Our goal of treating 250 patients this year is achievable thanks to donors, such as Henry Schein, who are making it possible to not only help change smiles, but help change lives," says Morris N. Poole, DDS, Immediate Past President of the AAO. "Thank you Henry Schein for your generous support of the DOS program and your continued support of the orthodontic community."
The DOS program is overseen by a Board of Directors composed of both AAO member orthodontists and corporate supporters from leading orthodontic suppliers.
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 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.
About the American Association of Orthodontists:
Founded in 1900, the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) is the world's oldest and largest dental specialty organization. It represents more than 18,000 orthodontist members throughout the United States, Canada and abroad. The Association encourages and sponsors key research to enable its members to provide the highest quality of care to patients, and is committed to educating the public about the need for, and benefits of, orthodontic treatment.
Orthodontists are uniquely qualified specialists who diagnose, prevent and treat dental and facial irregularities to correctly align teeth and jaws. After graduating from dental school and then completing the required two-to-three years of specialized education in an accredited orthodontic residency program, orthodontists are eligible for membership in the AAO.
For more information about orthodontics or to find AAO member orthodontists in your area, please visit mylifemysmile.org.
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