NEW HYDE PARK, N.Y-- Henry Schein, Inc. joined Northwell Health yesterday to officially dedicate the Henry Schein Oral Health Navigator Program, an innovative initiative designed to help young patients avoid oral health-related complications during cancer treatment. The program is based at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, a leading provider of pediatric oncology care in the New York/metropolitan area.
As part of the program, the Henry Schein Cares Foundation, Inc. is donating $30,000 per year for three consecutive years to help fund the position of an “Oral Health Navigator,” a dedicated Patient Service Assistant who helps young patients who are fighting cancer create a plan to improve their oral health. Poor oral health can complicate and even delay the provision of cancer treatment. To avoid that outcome, the Oral Health Navigator facilitates a plan to achieve optimal oral health for each patient by working closely with hematologists, oncologists, and dentists through diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment.
The program was dedicated during the ribbon cutting of a new dental operatory within the medical center for which Henry Schein donated more than $250,000 in health care products and equipment, including the latest in digital technology. The donation is an initiative of Henry Schein Cares, the Company’s global corporate social responsibility program.
“Henry Schein is pleased to partner with the visionary health care professionals at Cohen Children’s Medical Center to benefit one of our most vulnerable populations—children fighting cancer,” said Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Henry Schein. “This program further underscores the link between oral health and total health, and we applaud the team at Cohen Children’s Medical Center for launching this innovative approach to advancing overall health for cancer patients. We look forward to working closely with the dedicated team at the Cohen Children’s Medical Center for years to come.”
Henry Schein has a decade-long history of involvement with Cohen Children’s Medical Center. In 2006, the Company launched the Henry Schein Cares Comfort Cart at Cohen (then known as Schneider Children’s Hospital). Stocked with items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo and deodorant, as well as books, games and other items, the cart makes unexpected stays more pleasant for parents and siblings of hospitalized children. In addition, Henry Schein partnered with Cohen in 2014 to provide multi-year financial support for Cohen’s Child Life Program. The Child Life Program offers a broad array of services to pediatric patients and their families, including developmentally appropriate recreation; medical education, play and preparation; procedural support; and art and music therapy.
“Our continuing partnership with Henry Schein has played a significant role in enhancing the quality of care we provide to our patients,” said Charles Schleien, MD, Senior Vice President, Executive Director, Cohen Children’s Medical Center. “With the addition of the Henry Schein Oral Health Navigator Program and its generous donation of dental supplies and equipment, we will be able to better support our staff of board-certified pediatric dentists who will be able to work more efficiently with our cancer experts in treating the many children seen at Cohen every year. We recognize the importance of good oral health as a key contributor to effective cancer treatment, and we thank Henry Schein for their continued support.”
About the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York
Founded in 1983, Cohen Children’s Medical Center is a 202-bed hospital dedicated exclusively to the care of children. The specialists in the hospital’s national and international programs cover an entire range of specialties. State-of-the-art care for children’s medical, surgical, and dental needs are provided in both inpatient and outpatient settings. The facility is the largest provider of pediatric health services in New York State, serving 1.8 million children in Brooklyn, Queens, and Nassau and Suffolk Counties. For the 10th consecutive year in 2016, Cohen’s was ranked among the best children’s hospitals in the nation in U.S. News & World Report's 2016-17 “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals” survey.