Henry Schein celebrates partnership with Mission of Mercy

Aug. 3, 2009
Company has been partners with Virginia Dental Health Foundation's program for a decade.

MELVILLE, New York--Henry Schein, a distributor of health-care products and services to office-based practitioners, is celebrating a decade of partnership with Mission of Mercy this year.

Mission of Mercy, a program of the Virginia Dental Health Foundation that provides free oral health care to underserved communities in Virginia, receives shipments of a broad selection of health-care products and supplies two to four times annually through the Global Donation Program of Henry Schein Cares, the company's global social responsibility program.

Since Henry Schein's partnership with the program began 10 years ago, Mission of Mercy has received donations of supplies from Henry Schein Cares valued at more than $250,000.

"Henry Schein Cares is dedicated to promoting access to health care among underserved communities, both in the United States and around the world," said Stanley M. Bergman, chairman and chief executive officer for Henry Schein. "We are privileged to have supported the wonderful work of Mission of Mercy over the past decade, and look forward to our continued partnership for years to come."

Henry Schein Cares helps increase access to health-care services to underserved communities by contributing medical, dental, and animal health supplies to community-based health professionals and their organizations.

One of the largest components of Henry Schein Cares, the Global Donation Program serves more than 100 nongovernmental organizations annually.

"Henry Schein has been a terrific corporate partner for Mission of Mercy over the past decade," said Dr. Terry Dickinson, executive director of the Virginia Dental Association. "The supplies donated by Henry Schein Cares make it possible for our volunteer dentists, dental hygienists, and staff to provide high-quality free oral healthcare for Virginians who are truly in need. These donations have made an important contribution toward strengthening access to care for underserved communities in Virginia."

During the past decade, Mission of Mercy has provided free oral health care valued at more than $15 million to approximately 30,000 individuals from underserved communities across Virginia. All Mission of Mercy projects are carried out through the services of volunteer dentists, dental hygienists, and staff.

In 2008, more than 1,700 volunteers participated in the program, and approximately 4,000 individuals received free care at the program's eight events across the state. In 2009, six events are planned across Virginia.

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