MELVILLE, N.Y., March 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC), the largest distributor of health care products and services to office-based dental, medical and veterinary practitioners, announced that it has established the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund in response to the tragic earthquake and tsunami that hit Northern Japan on March 11.
"Along with the rest of the world, we are deeply saddened by the loss of life and devastation caused by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and hope for a good outcome for the missing people and those dislocated by this terrible tragedy, " said Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Henry Schein, Inc. "In addition to our efforts through the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund, Henry Schein Cares is working closely with our partner NGOs to seek opportunities to support humanitarian relief efforts. As always, we stand ready to do our part."
The Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund, established through the Henry Schein Cares Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, provides a way for Team Schein Members and others who are interested in providing support to contribute. Henry Schein will match all donations contributed to this fund by Team Schein Members, and the proceeds will be applied directly and completely to relief efforts.
To aid in the immediate response to emergencies around the world, Henry Schein Cares, the Company's global social responsibility program, partners with international relief organizations and ensures that these organizations consistently have Henry Schein health care products in their warehouses ready to go when disasters strike.
In the past, Henry Schein Cares has responded to other disasters including the recent earthquake in New Zealand and flood in Australia; the earthquakes in Haiti, China, Chile in 2010; the flood in Pakistan in 2010; the cyclone in Myanmar and earthquake in China in 2008; Hurricanes Katrina and Rita on the U.S. Gulf Coast; the 2004 Asian tsunami; the 2005 earthquake in Pakistan; the conflict in Israel, Lebanon, and Palestine; and September 11.
Anyone wishing to contribute to the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund can make a donation by credit card through the Henry Schein Cares Foundation Web site, http://www.hscaresfoundation.org (click the "donate button" to be directed to an online credit card processing page, and select "Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund" for the gift designation.) Those who wish to contribute by check should make the check payable to "Henry Schein Cares Foundation" with "Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund" noted in the memo of the check, and send it to Dewi Wijaya at Henry Schein, Inc., 135 Duryea Road, Melville, NY 11747. Donations to the Henry Schein Cares Foundation are tax deductible in the United States.
About Henry Schein Cares
Henry Schein Cares enhances access to health care for underserved communities around the world. 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 firmly believes that it is furthering its long-term success.
About Henry Schein, Inc.
Henry Schein, a Fortune 500® company and a member of the NASDAQ 100® Index, is the largest distributor of products and services to office-based health care practitioners. The Company is recognized for its excellent customer service and highly competitive prices. The Company's five businesses – North American Dental, North American Medical, North American Animal Health, International and Technology – serve more than 700,000 customers worldwide, including dental practitioners and laboratories, physician practices and animal health practices, as well as government and other institutions.
The Company operates through a centralized and automated distribution network, which provides customers in more than 200 countries with a comprehensive selection of more than 90,000 national and Henry Schein private-brand products in stock, as well as more than 100,000 additional products available as special-order items. Henry Schein also provides exclusive, innovative technology offerings for dental, medical and veterinary professionals, including value-added practice management software and electronic health record solutions.
Headquartered in Melville, N.Y., Henry Schein employs more than 14,000 people and has operations or affiliates in 25 countries. The Company's net sales reached a record $7.5 billion in 2010. For more information, visit the Henry Schein Web site at www.henryschein.com.
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