Donated Health Care Products Will Help Expand Access to Care for Underserved Seniors in San Diego
San Diego, CA – March 6, 2018 – The nonprofit Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center announced today that it has received a donation of health care products under a grant from the Henry Schein Cares Global Product Donation Program in partnership with the California Dental Association Foundation’s Dental Materials and Supplies Grant. Through this program, Henry Schein, Inc., the world’s largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental practitioners, provides recipient organizations with several health care product donations valued between $5,000 and $25,000 over the course of two years.
The grant will enable the Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center to more effectively carry out its mission and expand its ability to provide care to low-income seniors in downtown San Diego. Henry Schein Cares aims to expand access to health care for underserved and at-risk populations around the world by promoting wellness, prevention, treatment and education; providing emergency preparedness and relief; and building health care capacity.
“We are honored to have been selected to participate in the Henry Schein Cares Global Product Donation Program. Each day we see the impact that providing desperately needed oral healthcare has on seniors’ ability to eat, speak, and smile,” said Karen Becerra, DDS, MPH, CEO and Dental Director of the Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center. “Receiving these supplies will allow us to treat even more patients and continue to transform seniors’ lives. We thank Henry Schein Cares and the California Dental Association Foundation for joining our efforts to restore the oral health of low-income seniors.”
The 1,400-square foot Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center (photos) is located inside Serving Seniors’ Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center, where seniors not only have access to high-quality, affordable oral healthcare, but also to a suite of nutrition, care management, housing and social services. Through its innovative care model, the Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center offers high-quality, affordable oral healthcare with comprehensive education, health and wellness services. By navigating the Denti-Cal system on behalf of their patients, and using a sliding-fee scale for non-covered procedures, seniors can access a dental home that is co-located in a familiar and trusted setting, creating a seamless community-based system of care for older adults.
About Henry Schein Cares
Henry Schein Cares stands on four pillars: engaging Team Schein Members to reach their potential, ensuring accountability by extending ethical business practices to all levels within Henry Schein, promoting environmental sustainability, and expanding access to health care for underserved and at-risk communities around the world. Health care activities supported by Henry Schein Cares focus on three main areas: advancing wellness, building capacity in the delivery of health care services, and assisting in emergency preparedness and relief.
Firmly rooted in a deep commitment to social responsibility and the concept of enlightened self-interest championed by Benjamin Franklin, the philosophy behind Henry Schein Cares is a vision of “doing well by doing good.” Through the work of Henry Schein Cares to enhance access to care for those in need, the Company believes that it is furthering its long-term success. “Helping Health Happen Blog” is a platform for health care professionals to share their volunteer experiences delivering assistance to those in need globally. To read more about how Henry Schein Cares is making a difference, please visit our blog: www.helpinghealthhappen.org.
About the Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center
The nonprofit Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center, through its innovative care model, offers high-quality, affordable oral healthcare with comprehensive education, health and wellness services at Serving Seniors’ Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center in downtown San Diego to serve low-income seniors. For more information and to donate, visit seniordentalcenter.org.