MELVILLE, N.Y., March 8, 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, today announced that it has donated more than $25,000 in health care products to the Henry Viscardi School at The Viscardi Center, a Long Island-based school for children with severe physical disabilities who often require life-sustaining medical treatment throughout the day. The donation will support the specialized care and treatments the school provides to each student.
As a part of the donation, Henry Schein provided hygiene, pain relief, and first aid supplies to help the school's medical department provide students with necessary treatments throughout the school day. The donation also included equipment for the school's physical and occupational therapy departments, which work with students on their strength, mobility, and motor skills. The donation was an initiative of Henry Schein Cares, the global social responsibility program of Henry Schein, Inc.
"Henry Schein is an ideal partner for the Henry Viscardi School, as their dedication to providing all children with an education so closely mirrors our commitment to expanding access to care," said Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Henry Schein, Inc. "We applaud the Henry Viscardi School for creating an academic environment that is caring and dignified, allowing children to manage their physical challenges in pursuit of education. It is a cause we at Henry Schein are proud to support."
The school, based at The Viscardi Center in Albertson, N.Y., enrolls about 175 students from ages three to 21 who are referred from school districts in the New York metropolitan area. Its specialized, accessible educational setting provides an enriched academic program, a variety of therapies, customized assistive technology and medical support to students who may otherwise need to receive instruction in their homes or a hospital. The facility also features a fully-equipped and staffed medical suite, wheelchair clinic, and brace/orthotic clinic.
"Our students have complex medical conditions that necessitate expert care and the use of many medical supplies," said Diana V. DeVivio, Superintendent and Principal of the Henry Viscardi School. "Henry Schein's donation will assist us in meeting the students' medical and therapeutic needs throughout the school day at a time when school funding is limited. We are grateful for the Company's generosity and their commitment to the health care needs of our schoolchildren."
About the Henry Viscardi School at The Viscardi Center The Henry Viscardi School at The Viscardi Center is an accredited model school that offers parents of children with severe physical disabilities, and who often require life-sustaining medical treatment throughout the day, a traditional educational setting that provides rigorous academics and opportunities for personal growth and leadership development. Its specialized, accessible educational setting provides a fully-enriched academic program, a variety of therapies, assistive technology and medical supports to students who may otherwise need to receive instruction in their homes or a hospital.
Most students at the Henry Viscardi School use power wheelchairs and augmentative communication technology, and require constant medical supervision. Founded in 1962 by Dr. Henry Viscardi, Jr. and the first of its kind, the Henry Viscardi School was a place children with physical disabilities and rare illnesses could go to school, just like other children. Today, the Henry Viscardi School continues to be an alternative choice for parents and a resource to school districts that cannot accommodate the academic, health and assistive technology needs of children, Pre-K through grade 12, with severe disabilities.
A teaching community dedicated to empowering students, the Henry Viscardi School offers a combination of core academics and robust cultural enrichment that enables them to be active, independent, self-sufficient participants in society. Learn more at henryviscardischool.org
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 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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