Dental Distributors Offer Relief for Michael Victims

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Photo by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.


Photo by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Dental professionals in Florida’s panhandle region take advantage of resources offered by Henry Schein and Patterson Dental in the wake of Hurricane Michael’s devastation.

Henry Schein has opened its Disaster Relief Hotline to dentists, physicians, and veterinarians who may experience operational, logistical, or financial issues as a result of damage caused by the storm. The toll-free number is (800) 999-9729. The hotline is open 24/7 throughout the year, with real-time assistance provided from 8 am to 7 pm ET. The company also offers its Recovery Guide for Office-Based Practitioners.

“As Hurricane Michael approaches Florida’s Gulf Coast, our thoughts and prayers are with the people and communities who may be impacted,” said Stanley M. Bergman, chairman of the board and CEO of Henry Schein. “Team Schein is here to help our customers whose practices may be damaged or otherwise affected by the storm, and we encourage healthcare professionals to contact our hotline for assistance with recovery and rebuilding efforts.” 

Patterson Dental also is prepared to provide products, services, and support to those who may experience operational, logistical, and financial challenges as a result of Hurricane Michael. Its toll-free hotline, (800) 873-7683, is available throughout the year. Customers can contact their local representative for a guide on office rehabilitation, outlining personal and professional options for rebuilding a practice. 

“Our thoughts are with our customers, employees, and communities who may be impacted by Hurricane Michael,” said Mark Walchirk, president and CEO of Patterson Companies. “Together with local and national disaster relief, we are prepared to help in recovery and restoration efforts that may result from this potentially devastating natural disaster.”  

Additional resources include fulfillment of any needed emergency or replenishment supplies, assistance managing and replacing damaged inventory, financing options for practice renovations and rebuilds, equipment replacement, and other immediate and long-term assistance. Patterson’s employees also have prepared hygiene kits with items such as toothbrushes and toothpaste to meet the health needs of those who have been affected.

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