The Power of Partnership in the Face of Disaster
In the wake of a natural disaster—when every second counts—it is essential that health care professionals and relief organizations on the ground have the products they need to ensure that the continuum of care is not entirely disrupted. Rarely has this need been more evident than during the string of hurricanes and wildfires that struck the United States and the Caribbean in 2017.
As a solutions company for health care professionals, Henry Schein, Inc. has long worked to strengthen disaster preparedness and relief efforts worldwide. Whether through product donations, Team Schein Member volunteerism, or public-private partnerships to which we contribute our logistical and communications capabilities, the company understands the critical importance of coordinated efforts and long-established relationships in the face of disaster and other global health care challenges.
To help meet the needs of disaster-affected communities in 2017, Henry Schein joined its supplier partners and Team Schein Members to collect and donate more than $600,000 in cash and product to relief organizations and local health associations, including many PQMD members.
One such PQMD member was Americares, a health-focused relief and development organization with which Henry Schein has partnered for nearly 40 years. Americares ongoing efforts to save lives and improve health for people affected by poverty or disaster in the southern U.S., Puerto Rico, and throughout the Caribbean demonstrate the power of Henry Schein’s public-private partnership model and reinforce the critical importance of organizations like PQMD to connect like-minded organizations.
Henry Schein’s disaster relief and recovery work was not limited to donations, though. Company representatives also joined the Texas Dental Association, the Texas Veterinary Medical Association, the Texas Veterinary Medical Foundation, and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Dentistry to host a “Recovery Empowerment Symposium” in Houston, an expert-led symposium to help health care professionals restore and re-open their practices post-natural disaster.
“We will not soon forget the scenes of devastation and loss that accompanied the disasters that struck our communities so relentlessly last year, yet we will long remember the generosity and sacrifice that are defining their recovery,” said Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Henry Schein, Inc. “Team Schein is pleased to stand with our partners at PQMD as we advance the shared mission of supporting disaster relief efforts and emergency preparedness at home and around the world.”