MELVILLE, N.Y., March 26, 2015 /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, has donated essential health care products to its non-governmental organization (NGO) partner Direct Relief for victims of the devastating floods in Malawi. The floods have taken the lives of more than 176 people and left an estimated quarter of a million people displaced, according to Direct Relief.
The disaster response effort is part of Henry Schein Cares, the Company's global social responsibility program. To aid in the immediate response to emergencies around the world, Henry Schein Cares partners with international relief organizations and ensures that these organizations regularly receive Henry Schein health care products in their warehouses ready to go when disasters occur.
"Coordination of relief efforts to areas affected by disaster is essential, and we applaud the work of Direct Relief, which is working with local organizations on the ground in Malawi to ensure that donated health care supplies are being used effectively and efficiently," said Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Henry Schein, Inc. "Henry Schein's work to help the people of Malawi is part of our ongoing commitment to give back to society, which has marked our Company for more than eight decades. As we have grown into a multinational corporation, the scope of this responsibility has grown proportionately."
Henry Schein Cares "helps health happen" by expanding access to care to at-risk populations through the support of communities and not-for-profit organizations dedicated to increasing preventive care, treatment, and the delivery of health education. In addition to enhancing emergency preparedness and relief, activities supported by Henry Schein Cares focus on advancing wellness and building capacity in the delivery of health care services.
"Thanks to donations from Henry Schein Cares, Direct Relief was able to rapidly respond with a shipment to Kasungu District Hospital in the rural, central region of Malawi," said Jessica Koval, International Program Manager, Direct Relief. "The supplies will allow the hospital to continue providing health care services at a time when resources are stretched thin and they are seeing increased numbers of patients due to the flooding."
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. 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 NASDAQ 100® Indices, Henry Schein employs more than 17,500 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 100,000 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 28 countries. The Company's sales reached a record $10.4 billion in 2014, and have grown at a compound annual rate of approximately 16% since Henry Schein became a public company in 1995. For more information, visit the Henry Schein website at www.henryschein.com.
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