MELVILLE, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC) announced that it will ring the Nasdaq Stock Market Opening Bell tomorrow in celebration of Give Kids A Smile (GKAS), an American Dental Association (ADA) initiative that provides free oral health care to children in need across the U.S. Henry Schein has partnered with the ADA to present GKAS since the program’s inception 18 years ago.
Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Henry Schein, will be joined by ADA President Dr. Chad Gehani to ring the bell at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York City’s Times Square. Viewers can tune in to a livestream of the bell-ringing ceremony by visiting www.facebook.com/henryschein tomorrow at 9:15 a.m. Eastern time.
A founding sponsor of the program, Henry Schein has joined its supplier partners to donate more than $18 million in oral health care products to support GKAS since 2003. The Company’s donations support the thousands of dental professionals who volunteer their time with GKAS, and who have provided free oral health services and education to more than 6 million underserved children.
“We at Team Schein are pleased to join our Give Kids A Smile partners to ring the Nasdaq opening bell and shine a light on the importance of good oral health for all children,” Mr. Bergman said. “All children, regardless of their circumstances, deserve access to quality dental care and oral health education. It is rewarding to see the impact this program has made in the last 18 years, and through partnership and collaboration, we believe its best years are yet to come.”
Celebrated nationally on the first Friday of each February, and with events taking place year-round, GKAS is the result of a public-private partnership between the ADA, Henry Schein, and Colgate-Palmolive. This year to date, nearly 1,400 GKAS events are scheduled to take place throughout the country. GKAS coordinators estimate that more than 330,000 underserved children will receive free oral health screenings, education, and treatment. Care will be delivered by more than 32,000 dental team volunteers, including approximately 6,500 dentists, using supplies from 2,500 kits of essential oral health care products donated by Henry Schein and its supplier partners.
“Because of Henry Schein's generosity over the years, millions of children have received the oral health services they need through Give Kids A Smile,” said Dr. Gehani. “The ADA is grateful to Henry Schein for its enduring support and commitment as we work to set children on the path to healthier lives, one smile at a time.”
Henry Schein's supplier partners that are supporting the 2020 Give Kids A Smile program through product donations include 3M, Ansell, Centrix, Colgate, Coltene, Crosstex, DASH Medical, Dentsply Sirona, DMG America, DUKAL Corporation, Medicom, Microflex, Premier, Sempermed, Septodont, SS White, Sunstar, TIDI Products, Tuttnauer USA, Young Dental, and Zirc.
About Henry Schein, Inc.
Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC) is a solutions company for health care professionals powered by a network of people and technology. With approximately 19,000 Team Schein Members worldwide, the Company's network of trusted advisors provides more than 1 million customers globally with more than 300 valued solutions that improve operational success and clinical outcomes. Our Business, Clinical, Technology, and Supply Chain solutions help office-based dental and medical practitioners work more efficiently so they can provide quality care more effectively. These solutions also support dental laboratories, government and institutional healthcare clinics, as well as other alternate care sites.
Henry Schein operates through a centralized and automated distribution network, with a selection of more than 120,000 branded products and Henry Schein private-brand products in stock, as well as more than 180,000 additional products available as special-order items.
A FORTUNE 500 Company and a member of the S&P 500® index, Henry Schein is headquartered in Melville, N.Y., and has operations or affiliates in 31 countries. The Company's sales from continuing operations reached $9.4 billion in 2018, and have grown at a compound annual rate of approximately 13 percent since Henry Schein became a public company in 1995.