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Texas health care leaders to host symposium on practice recovery after Hurricane Harvey, Irma

September 21, 2017

Houston — In response to the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the Texas Dental Association, Henry Schein, Inc. and about a dozen health and dental care organizations are hosting a symposium to help dentists, physicians and veterinarians restore and reopen their practices.

The event, "Recovery Empowerment Symposium: Emerging from the Storm," is scheduled for Sept. 23 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. CST, at the Denton A. Cooley, M.D. and Ralph C. Cooley, D.D.S. University Life Center, 7440 Cambridge St. in Houston.

All health care professionals are invited to attend and register for the event at While space is limited, the symposium will also be streamed live online. The webcast will be available on demand online at Henry Schein's Road to Recovery Resource Center following the event.

"When you're a small business owner trying to get your life back on track, being out of your office for 3-6 months is a hard hit," said Dr. Rita Cammarata, immediate past president of the TDA and its interim executive director. "We just thought we can come together and put a Texas twist on it. We owe it to our members."

Those attending can meet with experts from the insurance, legal, claims management and disaster recovery industries, as well as dental, medical and animal health professional associations, and discuss a range of topics related to their personal and professional recovery. These include:

  • How to access federal agencies, including the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Association and the U.S. Small Business Administration.
  • How to access insurance carriers.
  • How to work with banks, financial services and suppliers.
  • How to enhance employee morale and stay in touch with patients.

The event will also include a networking session for those attending and speakers.

"We at Henry Schein are pleased to partner with Texas health care leaders to provide storm-affected health professionals with the information and resources they need to get their practices back up and running," said Stanley M. Bergman, chairman and CEO of Henry Schein. "We believe the information provided during the symposium will play a crucial role in helping practitioners restore their practices and resume their roles as trusted health care providers in their communities."

"I think it's terrific to see the ADA, the TDA and the Texas Veterinary Medical Association working so closely with a corporate sponsor like Henry Schein to help all our members," said Dr. Richard Black, ADA 15th District trustee.

The symposium is held in partnership with the American Dental Association, the ADA Foundation, the American Medical Association Foundation, American Veterinary Medical Foundation, the National Dental Association and the Greater Houston Dental Society, 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 livestream the event, visit