MELVILLE, N.Y., June 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC), the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners, announced today that it has been selected as the Corporation of the Year by the Association of Hispanic Healthcare Executives (AHHE), a national voluntary tax-exempt organization that fosters programs and policies to increase the presence of Hispanic health care executives.
The Company was recognized for its commitment to help increase diversity and cultural competency in the health care professions. Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Henry Schein, accepted the honor on behalf of the Company at the Quindecennial Healthcare Diversity Awards, held June 25 at the New York Academy of Medicine in New York, N.Y. The event was co-hosted by the AHHE and the National Hispanic Chamber of Commerce on Health.
"On behalf of more than 18,000 Team Schein Members from around the world, it is a great honor to accept this recognition as AHHE Corporation of the Year," said Mr. Bergman. "At Henry Schein, we share the AHHE's understanding of the importance of recruiting more members of the Hispanic community into health care careers, advocating for increased Hispanic faculty at dental and medical schools, and expanding access to and improving equity in health care.The AHHE is an important piece of the quickly changing health care mosaic in the United States, and Henry Schein is proud to be its partner in promoting diversity."
For two decades, Henry Schein has supported programs and initiatives dedicated to promoting diversity in health care. In 1995, the Company created the Leadership Training and Speaker Development program for the National Dental Association. The Company also served as a founding co-sponsor of the American Dental Association Institute for Diversity in Leadership; sponsored the first Dental Diversity in Leadership Conference in New York; and created REACH, Henry Schein's national outreach program to help facilitate the growth of culturally specific health care professional organizations.
Through Henry Schein Cares, the Company's global corporate social responsibility program, Henry Schein has also sponsored participants in the Senior Dental Leaders Program, which develops high-level leadership and management capabilities in global oral health leaders. In 2015, Henry Schein began its support of the new Hispanic Dental Association leadership program for the New York City Tri-State area, which it will continue to support in 2016.
"We are delighted to honor Henry Schein for its exemplary commitment to increasing diversity in the health care professions and to bridging disparities in care," said George Zeppenfeldt-Cestero, National President, Association of Hispanic Healthcare Executives and National Hispanic Chamber of Commerce on Health. "The burgeoning Hispanic population in the United States underscores the continuing need to develop the professional and leadership capabilities of U.S. Hispanic health care professionals, and to increase their visibility and inclusion at all levels and settings ? from office-based practices to medical and health-related academic institutions. Henry Schein's efforts deepen the impact we have in advancing diversity and Hispanic representation in the health care community."
Lynda Baquero, NBC 4 New York's consumer reporter, was the event's master of ceremonies, and Dr. Philip O. Ozuah, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Montefiore Health System, Inc., was the Keynote Speaker and an honoree. Other honorees included Dr. Amarilis Jacobo, President-elect of the Hispanic Dental Association, who was selected as the Health Care Provider of the Year; Dr. Ram Raju, President and CEO of the New York City Health & Hospitals Corporation, who was selected as the Visionary Leader of the Year; Dr. John-Paul Sanchez, Assistant Dean, Diversity and Inclusion, and Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, who was selected as the Academic Leader of the Year; and Nancy Sanchez, Senior Vice President and Vice Dean, Human Resources and Organizational Development and Learning, NYU Langone Medical Center, who was selected as the Healthcare Executive of the Year.
About the Association of Hispanic Healthcare Executives
The Association of Hispanic Healthcare Executives (AHHE) was founded in 1988 as a national voluntary organization seeking to foster programs and policies to increase the presence of Hispanics in health administration professions. AHHE is the first organization devoted exclusively to Hispanic health care executives and to the education of the health care industry about the Hispanic health care marketplace.
The East Coast Chapter of AHHE was founded in New York City in 1999 as a regional affiliate of the national organization and became the national headquarters in 2002. Based in New York City, membership has grown to over 415 individuals and 17 organizations in 14 states. In 2004, AHHE formed a strategic partnership with the National Hispanic Chamber of Commerce on Health which addresses supplier diversity and coverage of uninsured small businesses. For further information, contact us at www.ahhe.org.
About the National Hispanic Chamber of Commerce on Health
The National Hispanic Chamber of Commerce on Health is dedicated to advocating, promoting and expanding programs and policies which will support the business development goals of Latino businesses in the hospital, pharmaceutical, managed care, insurance, and medical industries. For more information, visit http://www.nhcch.com.
About Henry Schein Cares
Henry Schein Cares stands on four pillars: engaging Team Schein Members to reach their potential, ensuring accountability by extending ethical business practices to all levels within Henry Schein, promoting environmental sustainability, and expanding access to health care for underserved and at-risk communities around the world. Health care activities supported by Henry Schein Cares focus on three main areas: advancing wellness, building capacity in the delivery of health care services, and assisting in emergency preparedness and relief.
Firmly rooted in a deep commitment to social responsibility and the concept of enlightened self-interest championed by Benjamin Franklin, the philosophy behind Henry Schein Cares is a vision of "doing well by doing good." Through the work of Henry Schein Cares to enhance access to care for those in need, the Company believes that it is furthering its long-term success. "Helping Health Happen Blog" is a platform for health care professionals to share their volunteer experiences delivering assistance to those in need globally. To read more about how Henry Schein Cares is making a difference, please visit our blog: www.helpinghealthhappen.org.
About Henry Schein, Inc.
Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ:HSIC) is the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners. The Company also serves dental laboratories, government and institutional health care clinics, and other alternate care sites. A Fortune 500® Company and a member of the S&P 500® and the NASDAQ 100® indexes, Henry Schein employs more than 18,000 Team Schein Members and serves more than one million customers.
The Company offers a comprehensive selection of products and services, including value-added solutions for operating efficient practices and delivering high-quality care. Henry Schein operates through a centralized and automated distribution network, with a selection of more than 100,000 branded products and Henry Schein private-brand products in stock, as well as more than 150,000 additional products available as special-order items. The Company also offers its customers exclusive, innovative technology solutions, including practice management software and e-commerce solutions, as well as a broad range of financial services.
Headquartered in Melville, N.Y., Henry Schein has operations or affiliates in 30 countries. The Company's sales reached a record $10.4 billion in 2014, and have grown at a compound annual rate of approximately 16 percent since Henry Schein became a public company in 1995. For more information, visit Henry Schein at www.henryschein.com, Facebook.com/HenrySchein and @HenrySchein on Twitter.
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