Medal recognises organisations that reflect company’s commitment to expanding access to care for those in need
Henry Schein, Inc. announced that it is accepting applications for the second annual Henry Schein Cares Medal, which is awarded to organisations from the fields of oral health, animal health and medicine that demonstrate excellence in expanding access to care for the underserved.
The Henry Schein Cares Medal reflects the company’s commitment since its founding in 1932 to serve society. Through the Henry Schein Cares global corporate social responsibility programme, the company uses its resources to support healthcare professionals around the world who provide care for those who would otherwise receive little or no medical attention. The medal will honour organisations whose work has been especially effective in bringing care to those in need.
“For 84 years, our company has been guided by the philosophy of ‘doing well by doing good’,” said Mr. Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Henry Schein. “Since our founding, our efforts to expand access to care to the underserved have been enhanced by the selfless healthcare practitioners who so generously give themselves so that others may have better lives. We created the Henry Schein Cares Medal to recognise the contributions of healthcare professionals to the health of society and to encourage others to follow their example.”
Three finalists will be selected among applicants from each of three fields: oral health, animal health and medicine. In each category, a gold, silver and bronze medallist will be chosen. Each medallist will receive 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, Inc. In addition to the cash awards, each finalist will receive $10,000 worth of product from Henry Schein, Inc.
A panel of expert judges from the fields of medicine, philanthropy, social entrepreneurship and business will evaluate the applications and select the finalists and medallists.
How to apply
To be considered a candidate for this award, 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 healthcare for the underserved in a novel and innovative way that is measurable and quantifiable. For the oral health and medical categories, emphasis will be placed on expanding access to healthcare for children (birth to age 18), although all efforts to expand access to care will be considered.
Programmes also should:
- Involve an established multidisciplinary team that demonstrates the expertise needed for a comprehensive solution to expand access to care;
- Demonstrate potential for replication and large-scale impact; and
- Include a business plan or demonstration of financial sustainability.
Applications are now being accepted and must be submitted by midnight Eastern time on October 5, 2016. Finalists will be announced in January 2017, and the medals will be awarded at the relevant national sales meeting in 2017 of Henry Schein’s dental, animal health and medical divisions.
Earlier this year, the inaugural Henry Schein Cares Medal winners were announced at the company’s national sales meeting for each respective business unit. The winners and finalists are listed below:
- Oral health:
- Medallist – Diocesan Council for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (Phoenix).
- Finalists – Apple Tree Dental (Coon Rapids, Minnesota) and San Diego Dental Health Foundation.
- Animal health:
- Medallist – Portland Animal Welfare Team (Portland, Oregon).
- Finalists – Humane Society for Seattle-King County (Bellevue, Washington) and Helping Paws (Escondido, California).
- Medallist – Hands Up for Haiti (Mount Kisco, New York).
- Finalists – Buddhist Tzu Chi Medical Foundation (Escondido, California) and Smile Rescue Fund for Kids, Inc. (Setauket, New York).