MELVILLE, N.Y., Aug. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC), the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, medical and animal health practitioners, announced today that the Henry Schein Cares disaster relief hotline is active and ready to support customers who may be affected by Hurricane Isaac. The toll-free number for all customers – 800-999-9729 – is operational from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. EST. The Henry Schein Cares disaster relief hotline is open year-round for dentists, physicians, and veterinarians who experience operational, logistical, or financial issues as a result of natural disasters. Henry Schein Cares is the corporate social responsibility program of Henry Schein, Inc. "As Hurricane Isaac bears down on the Gulf Coast, we want to remind our customers in the affected region that the Henry Schein Cares disaster relief hotline is open and available to help with issues related to the severe weather," said James P. Breslawski, President and Chief Operating Officer, Henry Schein, Inc. "Our disaster relief hotline is part of our deep commitment to partner with our customers, and provide a source of assistance for helping to restore their affected practices as quickly as possible." In addition to its disaster relief hotline, through the Henry Schein Cares global product donation program, health care supplies are provided to its non-governmental organization (NGO) partners in advance of disasters, so that the product is ready for use immediately. Henry Schein Cares will also stand ready to work with its NGO partners if additional supplies are needed. About Henry Schein Cares and the Henry Schein Cares Foundation Henry Schein Cares, Henry Schein's global corporate social responsibility program, 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. Established in 2008, Henry Schein Cares Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization, works to foster, support, and promote dental, medical, and animal health by helping to increase access to care for communities around the world. The Henry Schein Cares Foundation carries out its mission through financial and health care product donations that support health care professionals and community-based programs focused on prevention, wellness, and treatment; disaster preparedness and relief; and capacity building of health institutions that provide training and care. To learn more about the Henry Schein Cares Foundation, please visit: www.hscaresfoundation.org. The "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: http://helpinghealthhappen.org/.