In recognition of Hurricane Preparedness Week (May 7-13), Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC) encourages its customers to protect their patients, staff, and practices in the event of a hurricane or serious storm by following these tips, prepared with guidance from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Ready.gov and from professional associations in the dental, animal health, and medical communities:
- Determine your risk – Is your practice located on the coast or inland? The location of your practice plays a role in your vulnerability to flooding, high winds, and power outages.
- What’s your plan? Work with your staff to ensure that every member of the team knows their responsibilities in an emergency, and conduct drills to practice your response. Should the need arise, do you have a plan for evacuating your staff and patients? Know your evacuation routes and keep your vehicle’s fuel tank at least half full.
- Build a stockpile of emergency and medical supplies before disaster strikes to ensure you are prepared to immediately respond to the needs of your patients and the community.
- Secure an insurance check-up to ensure your practice has sufficient coverage in the event of a hurricane or disaster.
In the wake of a hurricane or other emergency event, Henry Schein encourages practitioners who are rebuilding to contact their insurance company, document any damage suffered, communicate consistently with staff and patients to keep them informed on the state of the practice, and speak with lenders and suppliers about their changing needs as their practice recovers. More information can be found on the website of Henry Schein Cares, the company’s global corporate social responsibility program.
Affected Henry Schein customers can obtain company assistance in reopening their practices by contacting Henry Schein’s toll-free emergency hotline at (800) 999-9729. The hotline is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET for dentists, physicians, and veterinarians who experience operational, logistical, or financial issues.
“Emergency preparedness and relief is one of the four pillars of Henry Schein Cares, and we encourage every practitioner to ensure that your team is ready to respond and rebuild in the event of a hurricane or other natural disaster,” said Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Henry Schein. “Health practitioners play a critical role in disaster-affected areas, and proper preparation will ensure every practitioner is able to respond to his or her community’s immediate and long-term needs.”
About Henry Schein, Inc.
Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC) is the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medicalpractitioners. The company also serves dental laboratories, government and institutional health care clinics, and other alternate care sites. A Fortune 500® Company and a member of the S&P 500® and the Nasdaq 100® indexes, Henry Schein employs more than 21,000 Team Schein Members and serves more than 1 million customers.
The company offers a comprehensive selection of products and services, including value-added solutions for operating efficient practices and delivering high-quality care. Henry Schein operates through a centralized and automated distribution network, with a selection of more than 120,000 branded products and Henry Schein private-brand products in stock, as well as more than 180,000 additional products available as special-order items. The company also offers its customers exclusive, innovative technology solutions, including practice management software and e-commerce solutions, as well as a broad range of financial services.
Headquartered in Melville, N.Y., Henry Schein has operations or affiliates in 32 countries. The company's sales reached a record $11.6 billion in 2016, and have grown at a compound annual rate of approximately 15 percent since Henry Schein became a public company in 1995. For more information, visit Henry Schein atwww.henryschein.com, Facebook.com/HenrySchein and @HenrySchein on Twitter.