MELVILLE, N.Y., Aug. 15, 2013 /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, is participating as a silver sponsor of National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) National Health Center Week 2013, this year taking place August 11-17. In celebration of the Company's strong support of the nation's community health centers, Henry Schein sponsored events in Omaha, NE; New Orleans, LA; Woodbridge, VA; New York, NY; and Petaluma, CA.
"Henry Schein is proud to sponsor National Community Health Center week as part of our strong partnership with NACHC, and our deep commitment to helping America's community health centers deliver excellent quality care," said Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Henry Schein, Inc. "The wonderful National Health Center week celebrations taking place across the country underscore the critically important role that these health centers play in promoting health, wellness and prevention for tens of millions of Americans."
Henry Schein's program, "HealthHome®: Solutions for Coordinating Prevention and Wellness" provides full spectrum medical and oral health support to the nation's community health care centers, including supplies and equipment; electronic health care records software; health center design and planning; and 340B, diagnostic, and influenza vaccine programs.
Last year, Henry Schein announced a five-year partnership between the Henry Schein Cares Foundation, Inc. and NACHC to increase access to care for underserved communities. As part of this partnership, NACHC actively participates in two Henry Schein Cares flagship initiatives: Henry Schein's Global Product Donation Program and the Healthy Lifestyles, Healthy Communities® initiative. Henry Schein's Global Product Donation program provides a broad selection of health care products and supplies to community medical or dental organizations. The Henry Schein Healthy Lifestyles, Healthy Communities initiative promotes access to health care, prevention, and wellness for at-risk and underserved communities by providing free medical and oral health screenings for thousands of children and their caregivers at events around the country.
According to NACHC, community health centers serve over 22 million people in medically underserved communities nationally. This year's National Health Center Week theme, "Transforming Health Care in Our Local Communities," highlights the fact that, according to NACHC, the nation's community health centers not only seek to deliver health care, but they also work to address the factors that impact health, including nutrition, unemployment, or homelessness through job training, insurance enrollment, housing assistance and case management.
Through Henry Schein's support of National Health Week 2013, the Company is sponsoring five events across the country. Henry Schein supported a Back to School bash for community members at OneWorld Community Health Centers, Inc. in Omaha, NE; an Open House event at EXCELth, Inc. in New Orleans, LA; and special health screening and festival events at three different community health centers: the Greater Prince William Community Health Center in Woodbridge, VA; Urban Health Plan, Inc. in New York, NY; and Petaluma Health Center in Petaluma, CA.
About the National Association of Health Centers
The National Association of Community Health Centers was founded in 1971. Its mission is to promote the provision of high quality, comprehensive and affordable health care that is coordinated, culturally and linguistically competent, and community directed for all medically underserved populations. NACHC represents over 1,200 health centers that serve more than 20 million patients at over 8,000 sites in the United States and its territories.
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 24 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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