Henry Schein Donates More Than $18,000 In Dental Supplies To The Growing Smiles Foundation
Company’s Donation Supported Nonprofit During Mission to Treat Oral Health Needs of Underserved Children Living in Peru
Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC) today announced that it donated more than $18,000 in dental supplies and equipment to the Growing Smiles Foundation in support of its recent annual mission to provide comprehensive oral health treatment to underserved children living in Peru. The donation is an initiative of Henry Schein Cares, the company’s global corporate social responsibility program.
As part of the donation, Henry Schein provided the Growing Smiles Foundation with a range of supplies, including gloves, restorative materials, dental handpieces, and other instruments. The Growing Smiles Foundation team consisted of two pediatric dentists, a periodontist, three pediatric dental residents, a dental hygienist, and 17 dental students from Temple University’s Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry (TUKSoD). The team treated approximately 220 patients, 190 of which were children who attend the Jose Maria Arguedas Elementary School in the city of Chorrillos.
The team, in partnership with the local dental school in Lima, the Peruvian University of Applied Sciences (UPC), administered more than 140 cleanings and fluoride treatments, over 100 restorative treatments, over 450 sealants, and performed dozens of extractions and other minor operations when necessary. Faculty and students from UPC visit the school three to four times a week during the school year to provide oral health education and preventive dental services, and refer patients to their dental school for follow-up care.
“Henry Schein has been an incredible partner to the Growing Smiles Foundation and we are extremely grateful for this generous donation,” said Dr. Bari Levine, MPH, Founder of the Growing Smiles Foundation and TUKSoD graduate. “Henry Schein’s support helps foster a generation of dental students who understand the beauty of offering one’s skills and expertise to help the underserved. Also, Henry Schein’s support allows us to focus on patient care and improving the lives of patients who may not be able to access quality dental care. We look forward to continuing to join with Henry Schein in their mission to ‘help health happen.'”
Since the program’s inception in 2013, TUKSoD students and faculty have treated more than 1,000 patients in Peru, the majority of whom are children living at La Sagrada Familia orphanage outside the capital city of Lima, or who attend the Jose Maria Arguedas Elementary School.
“We at Henry Schein are pleased to support the Growing Smiles Foundation as their commitment to expanding access to care to children in need closely aligns with Team Schein’s core values,” said Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Henry Schein. “Every child, regardless of the circumstances of their lives, deserves quality health care, and it is wonderful to see the next generation of oral health professionals understand the impact their skills can have on the oral health, and by extension overall health, of children in need. I applaud Dr. Levine and her colleagues for their efforts on behalf of the children of Peru and around the world.”