Henry Schein To Kick Off Disaster Relief Symposium Series In NYC



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Veterinarians and other health care professionals will gather at the Westin New York at Times Square for a hurricane relief symposium hosted by Henry Schein Inc. Credit: Joe Shlabotnik

Henry Schein Inc. of Melville, N.Y., will host a series of symposiums for health care professionals, including veterinarians, recovering from Hurricane Sandy.

The first meeting will kick off Friday at the Westin New York at Times Square hotel in New York City from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST.

For the initial symposium, Henry Schein, the parent company of Butler Schein Animal Health of Dublin, Ohio, is convening a panel of speakers from the insurance, claims management and disaster recovery industries, along with representatives from dental, medical and animal health associations, to discuss topics related to the recovery of health care practices impacted by the storm.

"We are hosting this [symposium] for all three of our business verticals as a way to help those impacted by the devastation of Sandy to be able to understand what they’re experiencing personally and professionally and to give them guidance that they’re not alone,” said Steve Kess, vice president of global professional relations for Henry Schein.

The kickoff meeting, titled “Recovery Empowerment Symposium: Emerging from the Storm,” will cover topics including:

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

The event is free and open to all health care professionals, regardless if they are Henry Schein customers. The symposium will include a continental breakfast and lunch and will be followed by a networking session for speakers and attendees.

Space is limited, the company said. Anyone interested in attending should contact Loretta Mercado at loretta.mercado@henryschein.com or register onsite from 8 to 9 a.m. on the day of the event.

The symposium will be simulcast through state and local medical associations, but the company is working out those details.

Henry Schein, through its Henry Schein Cares Foundation, has committed more than $1 million in health care supplies and cash to relief organizations and communities affected by the hurricane, the company reported.

The Henry Schein disaster relief hot line, 800-999-9729, is fielding questions about operational, logistical and financial issues as a result of the storm.

Future symposiums will be posted on the Henry Schein and Butler Schein websites.

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