Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity honored Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC), the largest distributor of health care products and services to office-based practitioners, at the Organization's 2010 Annual Sunny Days Convention. Alpha Omega, which promotes professional excellence and fraternalism, bestowed the organization's highest honor, Alpha Omega's Lifetime Achievement Medal, at a dinner gala held in San Diego, Calif. on December 30. Mr. Bergman is the first person in 30 years to receive this award who is neither a health care professional nor a Ph.D.
In accepting the Alpha Omega Lifetime Achievement Medal, Mr. Bergman said, 'Henry Schein and Alpha Omega share a common vision of 'helping health happen,' and the belief that partnerships which include health professional organizations and industry play a fundamentally important role in addressing global health issues. I am proud to accept this award on behalf of nearly 14,000 Team Schein Members, and know that our best years are yet to come for the partnership between Henry Schein and Alpha Omega.'
For more than 15 years, Henry Schein Cares, the Company's global corporate social responsibility program, has partnered with the Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity on a variety of different programs aimed at enhancing access to oral health care for underserved communities around the world. Through its longstanding partnership with Alpha Omega, Henry Schein Cares has supported the renovation of the Hebrew University-Hadassah School of Dentistry Clinic; helped build the Dr. D. Walter Cohen Middle East Center for Dental Education; supported the Alpha Omega Centennial Challenge Fund; assisted in the expansion of the Hebrew University School of Dental Medicine; and worked closely with Hebrew University and Al-Quds.
University on the Bridges to Peace program. As a result of Henry Schein's partnership with Alpha Omega, for the past 13 years Henry Schein Cares also has provided dental supplies, as well as financial and marketing support, for Dental Volunteers for Israel, an organization that enhances access to oral health care for all children throughout Jerusalem, regardless of race or religion.
Alpha Omega's Lifetime Achievement Medal was first given in 1935, and past recipients include Dr. Albert Einstein and Dr. Jonas Salk. Steve Kess, Henry Schein's Vice President for Global Professional Relations, has served as a member of the Alpha Omega Board of Directors for the past five years.
About Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity
Alpha Omega is the oldest international dental fraternity and was founded in Baltimore, Maryland in 1907 by a group of dental students originally to fight discrimination in dental schools. Today, with its headquarters relocated to Denver, CO, it is primarily an educational and philanthropic organization. There are chapters and members in cities and dental schools in the United States, Canada, South America, Europe, Israel, South Africa and Australia/New Zealand. Alpha Omega represents about 6,000 active dentists worldwide. For more information, visit http://ao.org/.
About Henry Schein Cares
Henry Schein Cares enhances access to health care for underserved communities around the world. 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.' By 'helping health happen' through the work of Henry Schein Cares, the Company firmly believes that it is furthering its long-term success.
About Henry Schein, Inc.
Henry Schein is a Fortune 500® company and a member of the NASDAQ 100® Index. Recognized for its excellent customer service and highly competitive prices, the Company's five businesses - North American Dental, North American Medical, North American Animal Health, International and Technology - serve more than 700,000 customers worldwide, including dental practitioners and laboratories, physician practices and animal health clinics, as well as government and other institutions.
The Company operates through a centralized and automated distribution network, which provides customers in more than 200 countries with a comprehensive selection of more than 90,000 national and Henry Schein private-brand products in stock, as well as more than 100,000 additional products available as special-order items. Henry Schein also provides exclusive, innovative technology offerings for dental, medical and veterinary professionals, including value-added practice management software and electronic health record solutions.
Headquartered in Melville, N.Y., Henry Schein employs more than 13,500 people and has operations or affiliates in 24 countries. The Company's net sales reached a record $6.5 billion in 2009. For more information, visit the Henry Schein Web site at www.henryschein.com.