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Henry Schein donates $250,000 to support MOM clinics

January 06, 2016 Melville, N.Y. — Henry Schein, Inc. announced it will donate $250,000 in health care products over the next two years to the America's Dentists Care Foundation to support its work at 50 Mission of Mercy clinics.

As part of a two-year agreement with the America's Dentists Care Foundation, Henry Schein will donate health care product kits valued at $5,000 each, including exam gloves, surgical face masks, gowns and medical gauze, to up to 50 MOM events scheduled for 2016 and 2017. The MOM events, which the foundation says serve an average of 1,600 patients, are staffed by volunteer dentists, dental hygienists and others. Services include dental exams, X-rays, fillings, extractions and instructions on proper oral hygiene to people in need.

"Given the integral connection between good oral health and overall health, access to proper dental care is an essential component of community wellness," said Stanley M. Bergman, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Henry Schein, Inc. "Despite its importance, access to oral care is limited or nonexistent for many underserved populations. We applaud Mission of Mercy for providing immediate treatment to people in need, and for raising community awareness of the critical importance of oral care."

Kansas and Nebraska dentists began hosting MOM clinics in 2003 and 2005, respectively. After lending their own equipment to support the growing number of MOM clinics, they formed the America's Dentists Care Foundation in 2008 to own, maintain, and provide the equipment necessary to host events. Today, the foundation owns three semi-trailers, each with the equipment, tools, and instruments needed for a dental clinic.

"MOM volunteers provide more than just quality oral health care, they restore a person's confidence in their smile," said Bill Blasing, executive director of the foundation. "Henry Schein's donation will make an important contribution to our efforts to expand access to care to as many people as possible, and we are grateful to the company for its generosity and deep commitment to helping the underserved."