Steven W. Kess of Henry Schein Receives Presidential Citation from American Dental Association
MELVILLE, NY–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC) today announced that Steven W. Kess, Vice President of Global Professional Relations, received a Presidential Citation from the American Dental Association (ADA) during his reception Give Kids A Smile at SmileCon 2022, held in Houston, Texas on October 13.
The ADA Presidential Citations were developed to commend an individual for significant contributions to advancing the oral health of the public and the dental profession. Given only at the discretion of the President as a special recognition, the citation was presented by Dr. Cesar R. Sabates to Mr. Kess in recognition of his decades-long collaborative work with the ADA and the ADA Foundation, including his impact on the national Give Kids A Smile (GKAS) program. GKAS has provided over seven million underserved children with free oral health education and services since its launch in 2003.
“I am honored to receive such special recognition from Dr. Sabates and the ADA, an organization that has done so much to elevate the valuable role of oral health professionals, ensuring access to oral care for underserved communities and help improve the overall health of the public,” said Kess. “At Henry Schein, we will continue to help advance ADA’s mission to provide quality oral care for all patients by ensuring practitioners have access to innovative products and digital solutions. Together with the ADA and the public-private partnerships we have helped develop over the years, we will continue to help foster a healthier future for all while removing barriers to care.
Among the many contributions Mr. Kess has made to dentistry, the GKAS program, one of the nation’s largest charitable dental health programs, is one of his career highlights. Driven by his passion and leadership for the program since its inception, Mr. Kess has helped organize support from Henry Schein’s supplier partners, contributing to the $20 million in oral health products made available to the program. . Additionally, Henry Schein’s distribution team spent thousands of hours preparing and shipping more than 40,000 dental kits to ensure program volunteers had the supplies needed to provide oral health care. -dental essentials.
In addition to recognizing Steve Kess at the Give Kids A Smile reception held during SmileCon, GKAS co-founder Dr. Jeffrey Dalin was recognized as the recipient of the ADA Humanitarian Award.
“Oral health equity is a priority for the ADA and the need for GKAS has never been greater than in the past two years,” said Cesar R. Sabates, DDS, President. of the ADA. “It gives me great pleasure to recognize two individuals at the 20th Anniversary Celebration Reception who have been unparalleled leaders in the success of this program. Dr. Dalin, named the 2022 recipient of the ADA Humanitarian Award, and Mr. Kess, recipient of the ADA Presidential Citation Award. These two individuals are extremely deserving of these prestigious awards. »
For more information on the Give Kids A Smile program, please visit https://www.henryschein.com/us-en/Corporate/GiveKidsASmile.aspx.
About Henry Schein, Inc.
Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC) is a healthcare professional solutions company powered by a network of people and technology. With over 22,000 Schein Team Members Worldwide, the company’s network of trusted advisors provides more than one million customers worldwide with more than 300 valued solutions that help improve operational success and clinical outcomes. Our business, clinical, technology and supply chain solutions help offices dental and medical practitioners work more efficiently so they can deliver quality care more efficiently. These solutions also support dental laboratories, government and institutional healthcare clinicsas well as other alternative care sites.
Henry Schein operates through a centralized, automated distribution network, with a selection of over 120,000 Henry Schein branded and private label products in stock, plus over 180,000 additional products available to special order.
A FORTUNE 500 company and member of the S&P 500® Index, Henry Schein is headquartered in Melville, NY, and has operations or subsidiaries in 32 countries and territories. The company’s sales reached $12.4 billion in 2021 and have grown at a compound annual rate of about 12.5% since Henry Schein went public in 1995.