Henry Schein, Inc. Awards Third Annual Henry Schein Cares Gold Medal To The Night Ministry

17-04-2018

Medal Recognizes Organisations That Reflect Company's Commitment to Expanding Access to Care for People and Animals in Need

Henry Schein, Inc. announced on 16th April that The Night Ministry—a Chicago-based humanitarian organisation—has been awarded the gold medal in the Medical category of the third annual Henry Schein Cares Medal program.  

The program honours organisations from the fields of oral health, animal health and medicine that demonstrate excellence in expanding access to care for the underserved. Mr. Stanley M. Bergman, Henry Schein's Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, presented The Night Ministry with the gold medal at Henry Schein Medical's National Sales Meeting last week in San Antonio.

The Night Ministry was recognised for its commitment to provide housing, health care and human connection to community members struggling with poverty or homelessness. It fulfills this mission by utilising a multidisciplinary approach that addresses the immediate physical, emotional and social needs of its clients, while building and maintaining supporting relationships with them.

This approach includes several programs dedicated to addressing the essential health care needs of its clients, including its Health Outreach Bus, a mobile point-of-entry care unit that provides children and adults living in underserved communities throughout Chicago with testing and prevention services, including physical health assessments, treatment for infectious and chronic diseases, prevention education, wound treatment, and referrals to primary medical care and housing.

In addition to the Health Outreach Bus, The Night Ministry deploys nurse practitioners to provide health care services to homeless youth living at its four youth shelter facilities and those of partner organisations, as well as Street Medicine teams to reach and provide care for homeless people who have the most trouble gaining access to health care. 

"Since 1976, we have been driven by the belief that every person is important and has value, and that supportive relationships can build dignity, confidence, and a foundation for self-empowerment," said Mr. Paul W. Hamann, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Night Ministry. "We are inspired by the work of our fellow medalists and empowered by their efforts to serve people in need in innovative ways. We thank Henry Schein and the Henry Schein Cares Foundation for this recognition, and look forward to continuing our work on behalf of the Chicago community with their support."

An independent panel of judges selected The Night Ministry as this year's gold medalist from a field that also included silver medalist Care 2 Communities (St. Paul, Minnesota) and bronze medalist Community Volunteers in Medicine, Inc. (West Chester, Pennsylvania). 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.

"The Night Ministry shares our company's belief that every person, regardless of their personal circumstances, deserves access to quality health care, and their efforts have provided countless people in crisis with the health services and support they need to improve their lives," Mr. Bergman said. "We are pleased to award The Night Ministry this year's gold medal in recognition of its commitment to serving the underserved, and for demonstrating what can be accomplished with open hearts and open minds."

Since its founding in 1932, Henry Schein has been dedicated to fulfilling its responsibilities as a corporate citizen by giving back to the industries and communities it serves. The company created the Henry Schein Cares Medal in 2015 to honor community organisations 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.

The Henry Schein Cares Medal is an initiative of Henry Schein Cares, the company's global corporate social responsibility program.