Henry Schein Awards Inaugural Henry Schein Cares Medal to Hands Up for Haiti for Excellence in Expanding Access to Medical Care

Humanitarian organisation recognised at company’s national medical sales meeting


Henry Schein, Inc. announced that it has awarded the inaugural Henry Schein Cares Medal for medical health – an award that will be given annually to one organisation that demonstrates excellence in expanding access to medical care for the underserved – to Hands Up for Haiti (HUFH). Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Henry Schein, Inc., presented the Mount Kisco, New York-based humanitarian organisation with the medal at the company’s national medical sales meeting in Dallas last week.

HUFH was recognised for its commitment to making a sustainable and positive impact on the health of the people of northern Haiti by collaborating with and supporting the Haitian medical community. It fulfils this mission through the delivery of direct care and education programming, as well as by training local doctors, nurses, community health workers, and support personnel to become teachers, programme leaders, and coordinators who can support community medical clinics. Since its creation in 2010, HUFH has sent 51 medical teams to Haiti with another six missions scheduled through June 2016, each supporting and educating the Haitian medical community while treating an average of 600 patients – the majority of whom are children – during each one-week mission.

“Our company has embraced the concept of ‘doing well by doing good’ since its founding, and we created the Henry Schein Cares Medal to recognise organisations and practitioners that share our commitment to ‘helping health happen’ for underserved and vulnerable populations throughout the world,” Mr. Bergman said. “We at Henry Schein are pleased to award the inaugural Henry Schein Cares Medal for medical health to Hands Up for Haiti, an organisation committed to supporting the health needs of the Haitian people and enhancing their medical community’s ability to provide quality care.”

Since its founding in 1932, Henry Schein has remained steadfastly committed to serving society. Through the Henry Schein Cares global corporate social responsibility programme, the Company uses its resources to support health care professionals around the world who provide care for those who would otherwise have little or no access to it. The Henry Schein Cares Medal – which will also be awarded later this year to winners in the oral health and animal health categories – honours organisations whose work has been especially effective in bringing care to those in need.

“It is an honour to be recognised and supported by Henry Schein, a company whose commitment to expanding access to care for underserved and vulnerable populations so closely mirrors our own,” said Dr. Mary Ann LoFrumento, President, Hands Up for Haiti. “This award will help us continue to work with the incredible people of Haiti to help build their medical community’s capacity to provide quality, sustained treatment and services. Through these efforts, we are able to make a positive impact that lasts long after our missions have ended.”

HUFH was selected by an independent panel of judges for the Henry Schein Cares Medal from a field of three finalists, which also included the Buddhist Tzu Chi Medical Foundation of Alhambra, California and Smile Rescue Fund for Kids, Inc. of Setauket, New York. As the winner, HUFH will receive $15,000 in cash from the Henry Schein Cares Foundation, Inc. to support its work. In addition, each finalist will receive $10,000 worth of product from Henry Schein, Inc.

The application period for the 2017 Henry Schein Cares Medal will be announced later this year. To be considered a candidate, applicants must be a non-profit organisation or trust that is tax-exempt under IRS Section 501(c)(3) and that is a public charity (not a private foundation). The applicant should demonstrate that the programme has expanded access to health care for the underserved in a novel and innovative way that is measurable and quantifiable. Emphasis will be placed on expanding access to health care for children (birth to age 18), although all efforts to expand access to care will be considered, including those involving animal health. Programmes also should involve an established multi-disciplinary team that demonstrates the expertise needed for a comprehensive solution to expand access to care. Lastly, programmes should demonstrate potential for replication and large-scale impact, and should include a business plan or demonstration of financial sustainability.

From left is Gerard Meuchner, Dr. Louis Sullivan, Barry Alperin, and Dave C. McKinley of Henry Schein; Dr. Leon Klempner, Founder, and Jennifer Crean, Executive Director, Smile Rescue Fund for Kids; Steven Voon, Chief Operating Officer & Vice President, and Yuan Liang Ling, Regional Executive Director, Buddhist Tzu Chi Medical Foundation; Karen Akst Schecter, Director, Programs and Operations, and Dr. Mary Ann LoFrumento, President, Hands Up For Haiti; Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Henry Schein; and James P. Breslawski, President, Henry Schein and CEO, Global Dental Group. (PRNewsFoto/Henry Schein, Inc.)