MELVILLE, N.Y., April 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ:HSIC), the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, medical and animal health practitioners, contributed to environmental sustainability since Earth Day 2012 by helping to plant more than 6,500 trees as part of an innovative program to offset computer CO2 emissions and recycle high tech "e-waste."
Henry Schein, through the company's TechCentral computer and business technology solutions and services team, is an active participant in the DELL Inc.'s Plant a Tree for Me program. For every DELL computer Henry Schein TechCentral sells, a tree is planted on the customers' behalf. What's more, through TechCentral, medical, dental and veterinary practices can safely dispose of old office equipment, including laptops, desktop computers, tablets, servers, printers, peripheral equipment and materials that might otherwise end up as landfill waste. Henry Schein TechCentral will work with customers to schedule a convenient time to pick up a minimum of 10 recyclable items. Since the program's inception at Henry Schein in 2007, the Company has helped plant approximately 25,000 trees.
"The increased use of technology products in health care practices also has created an increase in the amount of e-waste that can introduce harmful and dangerous toxins into the environment when not properly discarded," said Kevin Bunker, President, Henry Schein North America Dental Practice Solutions. "As a socially responsible company committed to fostering a sustainable environment, Earth Day provides us an opportunity to not only remind practitioners about the important role of technology in their practices, but also the responsibility we all bear to properly recycle these products and the simple solution to do so offered by our TechCentral team."
In an effort to increase awareness of the importance of environmentally responsible business practices, each year Henry Schein offers its customers a wide variety of "green" products and helpful tips for practices looking to minimize their environmental impact through the Company's Global Reflections catalogue.
As part of Henry Schein's "Calendar of Caring" program, a portion of purchases made through the Global Reflections catalogue are donated to the Henry Schein Cares Foundation to advance environmental causes.
For example, in March, the Henry Schein Cares Foundation awarded an educational grant to The American Association of Dental Office Managers (AADOM) to help educate their membership and the dental community on the importance of "going green." Green dentistry promotes, among other things, reducing waste and using environmentally friendly products. AADOM will disseminate this curriculum widely through published articles, Web site content, a private member forum to exchange ideas and best practices, and via AADOM's social media.
Henry Schein's "Calendar of Caring" cause marketing programs provide a vehicle for customers to make a real impact in society by offering special products for purchase throughout the year. A portion of the proceeds raised through these purchases are donated to the Henry Schein Cares Foundation in support of various causes.
To learn more about Henry Schein's "green"' resources, visit www.henryscheindental.com/green.
About Henry Schein TechCentral
Henry Schein TechCentral, based in Arlington, Texas, is one of the industry's leading providers of integrated business technology solutions, professional services, and support for dental practices. As an IT solution provider, TechCentral offers advanced technical support to all dental practices wanting to simplify assistance for their networks, business technology, and software. The Henry Schein TechCentral Support Plan offers an affordable option for real-time hardware and software support. The support plan simplifies technical support by enabling users to make a single call to resolve technology issues in their dental office, provide constant system monitoring, and alert office staff to hardware issues that may affect their practice. To learn more about Henry Schein TechCentral computer and business solutions, visit www.henryscheintechcentral.com.
About Henry Schein, Inc.
Henry Schein, Inc. is the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, medical and animal health 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 more than 15,000 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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