MELVILLE, N.Y., June 30, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC) joined Northwell Health yesterday to officially dedicate the Henry Schein Oral Health Navigator Program, an innovative initiative designed to help young patients avoid oral health-related complications during cancer treatment. The program is based at Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York, a leading provider of pediatric oncology care and a part of the Northwell system.
As part of the program, the Henry Schein Cares Foundation, Inc. is donating $30,000 per year for three consecutive years to help fund the position of an "Oral Health Navigator," a dedicated Patient Service Assistant who helps young patients who are fighting cancer create a plan to improve their oral health. Poor oral health can complicate and even delay the provision of cancer treatment. To avoid that outcome, the Oral Health Navigator facilitates a plan to achieve optimal oral health for each patient by working closely with hematologists, oncologists, and dentists through diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment.
The program was dedicated during the ribbon cutting of a new dental operatory within the medical center for which Henry Schein donated more than $250,000 in health care products and equipment, including the latest in digital technology. The donation is an initiative of Henry Schein Cares, the Company's global corporate social responsibility program.
"Henry Schein is pleased to partner with the visionary health care professionals at Cohen Children's Medical Center to benefit one of our most vulnerable populations--children fighting cancer," said Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Henry Schein. "This program further underscores the link between oral health and total health, and we applaud the team at Cohen Children's Medical Center for launching this innovative approach to advancing overall health for cancer patients. We look forward to working closely with the dedicated team at the Cohen Children's Medical Center for years to come."
Henry Schein has a decade-long history of involvement with Cohen Children's Medical Center. In 2006, the Company launched the Henry Schein Cares Comfort Cart at Cohen (then known as Schneider Children's Hospital). Stocked with items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo and deodorant, as well as books, games and other items, the cart makes unexpected stays more pleasant for parents and siblings of hospitalized children. In addition, Henry Schein partnered with Cohen in 2014 to provide multi-year financial support for Cohen's Child Life Program. The Child Life Program offers a broad array of services to pediatric patients and their families, including developmentally appropriate recreation; medical education, play and preparation; procedural support; and art and music therapy.
"Our continuing partnership with Henry Schein has played a significant role in enhancing the quality of care we provide to our patients," said Charles Schleien, MD, Senior Vice President, Executive Director, Cohen Children's Medical Center. "With the addition of the Henry Schein Oral Health Navigator Program and its generous donation of dental supplies and equipment, we will be able to better support our staff of board-certified pediatric dentists who will be able to work more efficiently with our cancer experts in treating the many children seen at Cohen every year. We recognize the importance of good oral health as a key contributor to effective cancer treatment, and we thank Henry Schein for their continued support."
About the Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York
Opened in 1983, Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York is home to about 675 pediatricians, including 200 full-time physicians, and a total workforce of more than 1,200, including more than 500 nurses. For the ninth consecutive year in 2015, Cohen was ranked among the best children's hospitals in the nation in U.S. News & World Report's 2015-16 "America's Best Children's Hospitals" survey.
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: http://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 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(R) Company and a member of the S&P 500(R) and the Nasdaq 100(R) indexes, Henry Schein employs nearly 19,000 Team Schein Members and serves more than one 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 110,000 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 33 countries. The Company's sales reached a record $10.6 billion in 2015, 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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