MELVILLE, N.Y., April 11, 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 animal health—an award that will be given annually to one organization that demonstrates excellence in expanding access to care for animals in need—to the Portland Animal Welfare Team (PAW Team). Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Henry Schein, Inc., presented the Portland, Oregon-based organization with the medal at the Company's national animal health sales meeting in New Orleans last week.
The PAW Team was recognized for its commitment to provide veterinary care to the pets of people living in Portland, Oregon who are homeless or living in acute poverty. Through appointment-based and walk-in clinics, the PAW Team provides a range of veterinary treatment, including surgeries and spay/neuter services. The team's model also allows for the accommodation of people for whom large clinics present challenges—due to a mental health disorder, for example—and consequently have never sought veterinary care for their pets. The PAW Team also works closely with social service agencies and other organizations that work with the homeless population to identify and secure treatment for animals that may be in need of veterinary care.
"The principle of 'doing well by doing good' has guided our Company since its founding in 1932," said Mr. Bergman. "We created the Henry Schein Cares Medal to honor organizations who share our commitment to expanding access to care for people and companion animals who are truly in need. We are pleased to award the inaugural Henry Schein Cares Medal for animal health to the Portland Animal Welfare Team in recognition of their unwavering commitment to provide quality veterinary care to Portland's most vulnerable companion animals."
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.
"We are honored to receive this award, and grateful that Henry Schein 'walks the talk' of corporate responsibility and giving back to the community," said Cindy Scheel, Executive Director, Portland Animal Welfare Team. "We help those who have the very least, who in many cases have lost everything—everything but the love of their pet. Their pets ground them, give them a reason to carry on when life is at its most difficult and most importantly, gives them hope. This award will help us help them, enabling us to continue to provide excellent care for these animals so that they can live long, healthy and happy lives—together with their human families."
The PAW Team was selected by an independent panel of judges from a field of three finalists, which also included the Humane Society for Seattle-King County, of Bellevue, Washington, and Helping Paws, of Escondido, California. As the winner, the PAW Team 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 the PAW Team's work can be found here.
The Henry Schein Cares Medal in the medical health category was awarded last month 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 oral health category will be announced at the Company's dental national sales meeting in June.
The application period for the 2017 Henry Schein Cares Medal will be announced later this year. 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/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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