MELVILLE, N.Y., Nov. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Steven W. Kess, Vice President, Global Professional Relations of Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC), the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical professionals, presented the Steven W. Kess Give Kids A Smile Corporate Volunteer Award at the ADA Foundation Give Kids A Smile Gala in New Orleans, La. The award recognizes outstanding achievement and commitment to Give Kids A Smile. The 2013 Steven W. Kess Give Kids A Smile Corporate Volunteer Award was given to Candy B. Ross, Director of Industry and Professional Relations, KaVo Kerr Group, NA Equipment.
"Candy has been a steadfast champion of the Give Kids A Smile program since its inception 11 years ago," said Mr. Kess. "She has been a powerful voice for the program and the importance of enhancing access to oral care for underserved children in this country, and she has carried this message within her corporation, throughout the industry, and beyond. Candy has been an exceptional representative of DEXIS and now KaVo Kerr Group."
Each year, Henry Schein partners with Colgate-Palmolive and DEXIS to sponsor ADA Give Kids A Smile Day, ADA's signature access to care program. Approximately five million children have received free oral services by almost half a million volunteers since Give Kids A Smile's inception in 2002. This year alone, Give Kids A Smile brought approximately 40,000 dental team volunteers, including more than 10,000 dentists, together with more than 450,000 underserved children at more than 1,700 events across the country for free oral health screenings, education and treatment.
"As a visionary leader in the field of oral health and a powerful champion for expanding access to and awareness of the importance of children's oral health care through the Give Kids A Smile Program, it is most appropriate the Steven W. Kess Give Kids A Smile Corporate Volunteer Award should be named in Steve's honor," said Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Henry Schein. "This year's honoree, Candy Ross, has been an outstanding champion for this cause, and we applaud her efforts."
Mr. Kess received the ADA's 2012 Give Kids A Smile Corporate Service Award, which is now named in his honor. Since 1991, Mr. Kess has held several executive management positions at Henry Schein. Mr. Kess was and remains instrumental in the development and growth of Henry Schein Cares, the Company's global corporate social responsibility program, and he serves as President of the Henry Schein Cares Foundation. Mr. Kess serves on the boards of the country's leading oral health foundations and academic institutions. From 2006 to 2012, Mr. Kess served as Chairman of the National Advisory Board for the ADA's Give Kids A Smile program.
About Henry Schein Cares and the Henry Schein Cares Foundation Henry Schein Cares, Henry Schein's global corporate social responsibility program, 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.
Established in 2008, Henry Schein Cares Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization, works to foster, support, and promote dental, medical, and animal health by helping to increase access to care for communities around the world.
The Henry Schein Cares Foundation carries out its mission through financial and health care product donations that support 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. To learn more about the Henry Schein Cares Foundation, please visit: www.hscaresfoundation.org. The "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: http://helpinghealthhappen.org/.
About Henry Schein, Inc. Henry Schein, Inc. 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 NASDAQ 100® Index, Henry Schein employs nearly 16,000 Team Schein Members and serves more than 775,000 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 96,000 branded products and Henry Schein private-brand products in stock, as well as more than 110,000 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 25 countries. The Company's sales reached a record $8.9 billion in 2012, and have grown at a compound annual rate of 17 percent since Henry Schein became a public company in 1995. For more information, visit the Henry Schein Web site at www.henryschein.com.
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