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Henry Schein, Inc., the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners, announced today the grand opening of a new headquarters building for its Practice Solutions business in American Fork, Utah, that will offer practitioners a state-of-the-art training facility on digital dentistry.
The 100,000-square-foot, environmentally friendly facility features a "Center of Excellence" equipped with high-quality digital dental equipment and technology from Henry Schein's valued supplier partners, including the Kavo Kerr Group, a Danaher company; Air Techniques; SciCan; and Planmeca, which provided its CAD CAM solutions. The new Center of Excellence will showcase innovative products to new dentists and provide local dental professionals a modern facility to offer free, high-quality oral care to the community's underserved population.
"The opening of our new Henry Schein Practice Solutions headquarters and Center of Excellence underscores our dedication to being a reliable source of the latest digital dental equipment and technology for practitioners," said Stanley Bergman, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Henry Schein, Inc., who spoke at the August 6 grand opening ceremony. "This facility also underscores our long-term commitment to American Fork and to the people of Utah, including its underserved population who will benefit from access to free oral care that local dentists will provide at the Center of Excellence, in keeping with Henry Schein's philosophy of 'Doing Well by Doing Good'. We are excited to provide this beautiful new facility for our team members, dental professionals and the community."
Henry Schein has been a member of the American Fork, Utah community for nearly two decades. Joining Mr. Bergman at the grand opening ceremony were Kevin Bunker, President of Henry Schein North America Dental Practice Solutions, along with more than 450 additional members of the Practice Solutions team; and Larry Gibson and Kimball Wirig, co-founders of Dentrix Dental Systems, Inc., creators of Dentrix® and Easy Dental® practice management software systems, now offered through Henry Schein Practice Solutions. Additional honored guests at the ceremony were leaders from the dental industry, including the Utah Dental Association (UDA); Roseman University; state and local government officials, including Lieutenant Governor Spencer J. Cox, and the Mayor of American Fork, James Hadfield, along with representatives from the American Fork Chamber of Commerce; Coldwell Bank and Coldwell Banker Commercial, CBRE Brokerage Services, PWAG architects and Robinson Brothers Partners, builders of the new facility.
"Henry Schein is a business leader in Utah, as well as an eager and active corporate citizen in the American Fork community," said Lt. Governor Cox. "We are delighted to help officially open this beautiful new facility because it underscores the long-term partnership between Henry Schein and the State of Utah. The new Center of Excellence in particular will be a wonderful oral health care resource for community members in need."
Dentists from Share a Smile, a dental nonprofit based in Provo, Utah, which provides free dental care to the poor and homeless, will work with Henry Schein Practice Solutions to offer dental care at the "Center of Excellence."
"With the Center of Excellence's fantastic array of advanced dental technology, we can help provide even more individuals than ever before with high-quality dental care to restore the function and esthetics of their teeth," said Dr. Eric Vogel, founder and President of Share a Smile. "Because of this wonderful facility, the lives of many Utahans will be immeasurably improved by giving them the health, happiness and confidence of a great, bright smile."
Attendees at the building's grand opening ceremony had an opportunity to tour the new facility and view a range of practice management software designed and developed by Henry Schein Practice Solutions, including:
The new Henry Schein Practice solutions headquarters features a redesigned work environment created to optimize the Company's technology support function, and collaborative spaces for its development teams. 450 of the 800 Henry Schein Practice Solutions team members will work in the new building, which also includes "green" office features to reduce the facility's carbon footprint and increase energy efficiency. The building is currently pending LEED "Silver" Green Building Certification.