MELVILLE, N.Y., Sept. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC) today announced that Team Schein Members (TSMs) from around the world have collaborated to build more than 17,000 hygiene kits for girls, children, and adults living in international emergency areas. TSMs assembled the kits as part of the Company's inaugural We Care Global Challenge, an initiative that aims to bring colleagues together under the shared mission of benefiting children and communities in need.
Beginning at the Henry Schein Germany national sales meeting in January and continuing at the national sales meetings for the Company's Canada Dental and U.S. Animal Health, Medical, Special Markets, and Dental businesses, TSMs set about the goal of building a combined 10,000 hygiene kits. Working in partnership with global nonprofit organizations, Save the Children and Heart to Heart International, Team Schein quickly surpassed that goal and assembled 17,450 kits.
"The We Care Global Challenge embodies the charitable spirit that has long defined Team Schein's commitment to society, and I could not be more pleased with how our team came together across borders and across businesses," said Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Henry Schein. "By leveraging our collective strengths with those of our partners, we have truly been able to 'help health happen' for people in need, especially in times of disaster. I am already looking forward to what we will accomplish together in next year's Challenge."
Each kit contains essential health and hygiene items, such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush, washcloth, and towel. TSMs also assembled kits specially designed for girls entering adulthood. Save the Children has already distributed a number of the kits, to Syrian refugees living in Europe, adolescent girls in Malawi, children living in communities affected by natural disasters in Canada, and children at the U.S.-Mexico border. Kits have also been pre-positioned to assist in Hurricane Florence relief efforts.
"We are grateful to Henry Schein for their partnership in supporting our efforts to ensure children in the U.S. and around the world stay healthy when they are most vulnerable," said Save the Children President & CEO Carolyn Miles. "These hygiene kits play a critical role in our ability to effectively respond to emergencies and disaster-affected areas, and help meet children and their families' essential needs."
"Team Schein Members across the globe exemplified Heart to Heart International's PowrServ model of philanthropic team building, happily rolling up their sleeves for a wonderful cause," said Jim Mitchum, Chief Executive Officer, Heart to Heart International. "Each business team went above and beyond its original goal and demonstrated its own unique passion for making a difference. Team Schein was clearly up to the challenge and we thank them for their hard work and dedication to positively impacting our shared society."
The We Care Global Challenge is an initiative of Henry Schein Cares, the Company's global corporate social responsibility program. For more information about the We Care Global Challenge and Henry Schein's commitment to emergency preparedness and disaster response, please watch "Partnering to Prepare for Emergency", an interview with Jeanne-Aimee DeMarrais, senior adviser for U.S. emergencies at Save the Children. The interview is part of #scheinchats, Henry Schein's signature social media series.
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 a solutions company for health care professionals powered by a network of people and technology. With more than 22,000 Team Schein Members serving more than 1 million customers globally, the Company is the world's largest provider of Business, Clinical, Technology, and Supply Chain solutions to enhance the efficiency of 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's network of trusted advisors provides health care professionals with the valued solutions they need to improve operational success and clinical outcomes. The Company offers customers exclusive, innovative products and solutions, including practice management software, e-commerce solutions, specialty and surgical products, as well as a broad range of financial services. 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.
Headquartered in Melville, N.Y., Henry Schein has operations or affiliates in 34 countries. The Company's sales reached a record $12.5 billion in 2017, 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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