MELVILLE, N.Y., Jan. 31, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC) today announced its commitment to donate up to $250,000 in health care products over two years to the America's Dentists Care Foundation (ADCF). The donation supports the delivery of free oral health care to people in need and is an initiative of Henry Schein Cares, the company's global corporate social responsibility program.
With its two-year ADCF partnership, Henry Schein will donate health care product kits valued at $5,000 each, containing gloves, gauze, gowns, and masks. The kits will support the ADCF's work at up to 50 Mission of Mercy (MOM) dental clinics, which provide free oral health care to people living in underserved communities across the U.S.
MOM events are staffed by volunteer dentists and dental hygienists who provide dental exams, X-rays, fillings, extractions, and instructions on proper oral hygiene to people in need. Dental assistants and lay volunteers also contribute to the efforts in various capacities. According to the ADCF, the clinics it supports see about 70 patients per hour, with each patient receiving approximately $500 in free dental care, on average.
"Mission of Mercy and other charitable dental clinics provide a critical access point for many people and families who rely on us for quality oral health care, so we thank Team Schein for their generous donation," said Bill Blasing, Executive Director, ADCF. "These supplies will help our volunteer dental professionals to not only provide care for our patients and improve function, but also restore their confidence as well."
This donation continues Henry Schein and ADCF's partnership to improve the oral health of people in need by supporting MOM events, as the company made a similar contribution to the foundation in support of 44 free clinics that took place in 2016-17. At those 44 events, volunteer oral health professionals treated more than 60,000 patients and delivered almost $50 million worth of free care.
"We are pleased to continue partnering with the America's Dentists Care Foundation, as their efforts to expand access to care for people in need align with our mission to 'help health happen' for underserved communities," said Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Henry Schein. "The health kits we provide will help the volunteer dental professionals at each Mission of Mercy event provide quality care to their patients and help set each person treated on the path to improved oral health, which is deeply connected to overall health."
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 healthcare 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 22,000 Team Schein Members and serves more than 1 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 120,000 branded products and Henry Schein private-brand products in stock, as well as more than 180,000 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 34 countries. The company's sales reached a record $11.6 billion in 2016, 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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