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D.C.-based humanitarian program wins 3rd annual Schein Cares gold medal

June 18, 2018
Henry Schein, Inc. announced that Mary's Center for Maternal and Child Care, Inc., a Washington, DC-based humanitarian organization, was awarded the gold medal in the oral health category of the third annual Henry Schein Cares Medal program.

Henry Schein, Inc. announced that Mary's Center for Maternal and Child Care, Inc., a Washington, DC-based humanitarian organization, was awarded the gold medal in the oral health category of the third annual Henry Schein Cares Medal program.

Mary's Center was recognized for its delivery of health care, education, and social services. According to a press statement, the organization “fulfills this mission by embracing culturally diverse communities and providing them with the highest quality of care regardless of ability to pay.”

The Henry Schein Cares program honors organizations from the fields of oral health, animal health, and medicine that “demonstrate excellence in expanding access to care for the underserved.” In June, Stanley Bergman, Henry Schein's chairman of the board and chief executive officer, presented Mary's Center with the gold medal at Henry Schein Dental's national sales meeting in Orlando, Florida.

Beginning in 2010 in a converted storage room with five full-time employees, Mary's Center's dental program has since evolved into a fully integrated, six-day-a-week clinic with 55 full-time employees. The program's team of general dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants provide a range of oral health services, including specialty care, to children, adults, and the elderly who are underinsured or uninsured.

Patient education and prevention are key components of Mary's Center's dental program, and each patient's care is staged in a customized treatment plan. This ensures that providers are focused on diagnosing and delivering care and patients stay informed and engaged throughout their treatment cycle. The dental program is a key component of Mary's Center's unique model of behavioral change.

"Since 1988, our work has been guided by a social change model driven by holistic, whole-patient care, and our dental program is a crucial factor in setting our clients on the path to healthier, happier lives," said David Tatro, chief operating officer of Mary's Center. "The impacts that our fellow medalists have had on their communities has been incredible to learn about and have served to inspire our own work in meaningful ways. We thank Team Schein and the Henry Schein Cares Foundation for this award and for recognizing organizations like ours, and we look forward to expanding our impact with their support."

An independent panel of judges selected Mary's Center as this year's gold medalist from a field that also included silver medalist My Community Dental Centers, Inc. (Boyne City, Michigan) and bronze medalist Community Treatment, Inc. (Festus, Missouri). Each medalist receives a cash award in the following amounts: $15,000 for gold, $10,000 for silver, and $5,000 for bronze through the support of the Henry Schein Cares Foundation. In addition to the cash awards, each medalist will receive $10,000 worth of product from Henry Schein.

Bergman said, "Mary's Center's commitment to incorporating the delivery of dental care into its patient-centric health care model pairs well with our company's belief in the importance of oral health to overall health and is integral to its mission to help create stronger people, families, and communities. We are pleased to present Mary's Center with the Henry Schein Cares Gold Medal in recognition of its unceasing devotion to the people it serves, and for demonstrating the true power of collaboration, care, and compassion."

The company created the Henry Schein Cares Medal in 2015 to honor community organizations that shared the company's commitment to serving society and whose work has been especially effective in bringing care to people and animals in need.

More information about Mary's Center and its Henry Schein Cares Gold Medal can be found by watching a video interview with Jennifer Kim Field, executive director of the Henry Schein Cares Foundation, and Dr. Joseph Rizk, Mary's Center's dental director.