MELVILLE, N.Y., March 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC), the largest distributor of health care products and services to office-based dental, medical and veterinary practitioners, announced that it has established the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund in response to the tragic earthquake and tsunami that hit Northern Japan on March 11.
"Along with the rest of the world, we are deeply saddened by the loss of life and devastation caused by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and hope for a good outcome for the missing people and those dislocated by this terrible tragedy, " said Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Henry Schein, Inc. "In addition to our efforts through the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund, Henry Schein Cares is working closely with our partner NGOs to seek opportunities to support humanitarian relief efforts. As always, we stand ready to do our part."
The Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund, established through the Henry Schein Cares Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, provides a way for Team Schein Members and others who are interested in providing support to contribute. Henry Schein will match all donations contributed to this fund by Team Schein Members, and the proceeds will be applied directly and completely to relief efforts.
To aid in the immediate response to emergencies around the world, Henry Schein Cares, the Company's global social responsibility program, partners with international relief organizations and ensures that these organizations consistently have Henry Schein health care products in their warehouses ready to go when disasters strike.
In the past, Henry Schein Cares has responded to other disasters including the recent earthquake in New Zealand and flood in Australia; the earthquakes in Haiti, China, Chile in 2010; t