|[April 23, 2012]
GE Foundation Awards $500,000 Grant to Two Community Health Centers in Detroit
DETROIT --(Business Wire)--
The GE Foundation, the philanthropic organization of GE, and the GE
Corporate Diversity Council today announced a total of $500,000 in
grants to two Detroit community health care centers: The Wellness Plan -
Gateway (News - Alert) Medical Center, and Community Health and Social Services (CHASS)
- Southwest Center. Funding will be used to increase access to primary
care for uninsured and underserved populations across the city.
The GE Foundation provided the grants as part of the GE Developing HealthTM
program, which provides funding and GE employee volunteer
support to non-profit health centers across the United States. These
grants build on a $750,000 Developing Health investment GE made to three
Cherry Street Health Centers in Grand Rapids, MI earlier this year -
bringing GE's total Developing Health grants across the state to $1.2
"It is estimated that 1.7 million Michigan residents lack access to
primary health care due to a variety of barriers," said Charlene Begley,
President and CEO of GE Home & Business Solutions and Senior Vice
President and CIO for GE. "We recognize the need for health care is
real. Through these grants, GE aims to bring increased access to primary
care for underserved populations like the more than 34 percent of
uninsured patients that turn to Michigan-based health centers each year."
Developing Health is a multi-year, $50 million GE program that aims to
help improve access to primary care in targeted underserved communities
across the U.S. The program aligns with GE's healthymagination
initiative, a commitment to reduce costs, improve quality and increase
access in health care.
"If we are going to create a healthier, stronger Michigan, access to
quality health care for all of our citizens is a must," said Harvey
Hollins III, Director of the Governor's Office of Urban and Metropolitan
Initiatives. "I salute GE for its commitment to improving access to
primary care for those who need it most. I know the partnerships with
The Wellness Plan and CHASS will have a tremendous impact on the health
and wellness of those who make the Detroit area their home."
A sizeable GE employee volunteer program accompanies the grants. GE's
Detroit- area Affinity Networks will work cloely with the community
health centers to assess and manage skill-based support and best
practice sharing at The Wellness Plan and CHASS. In addition to any site
improvements at the clinics, the GE teams and clinic staff will focus on
business-based process improvements and other value-added skills to
benefit patients and workflows.
"Each year, The Wellness Plan - Gateway Medical Center treats over
19,000 patients, roughly 95 percent who are uninsured or underinsured,
said Anthony King, CEO and Executive Director, The Wellness Plan. "This
grant from the GE Foundation couldn't come at a better time as the
number of clients in need of our services continues to increase."
"We pride ourselves in providing integrated medical, dental, and
wellness programs to those in need, regardless of their income or
insurance status," added J. Ricardo Guzman, CEO, CHASS. "We are excited
about the added financial and volunteer support that will result in
increased access to health care and expanded services including
nutrition and behavioral health to the people of Detroit."
Developing Health is a partnership between GE Corporate Citizenship and
the GE Corporate Diversity Council. Modeled after GE's successful
philanthropic program Developing Health Globally™, the program was
launched in New York City in October 2009, and has since expanded to
Milwaukee, Houston, Cincinnati, Louisville, New Orleans, Atlanta, Erie,
Fairfield County, Baltimore, Schenectady, Greenville (SC), Salt Lake
City, Wilmington (NC), Chicago, Dayton, Miami, Boston, Grand Rapids, and
The Developing Health Globally (DHG) program was launched in Africa in
2004. This philanthropic program now extends to 13 countries across
Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia. DHG aims to improve health
care for some of the world's most vulnerable populations. DHG uses GE
core competencies including technology, expertise and employee
engagement to provide sustainable "enterprise solutions" that address
some of the critical gaps that exist in developing-world health care
To further support the Detroit community, GE Vice Chairman and CFO Keith
Sherin and GE Board of Director Roger Penske today visited the buildOn
Youth Engagement Zone at Western International High School in Detroit.
The GE Foundation has donated $100,000 to this buildOn program, in
addition to nearly $100,000 that has been donated by GE employees.
Sherin serves on the Global Leadership Council for buildOn, which works
to reduce poverty, illiteracy, and low expectations through service and
About the GE Foundation
The GE Foundation, the philanthropic organization of the General
Electric Company, works to solve some of the world's most difficult
problems. In coordination with its partners, it supports U.S. and
international education, developing health globally, the environment,
public policy, human rights and disaster relief. In addition, the GE
Foundation supports GE employee and retiree giving and involvement in GE
communities around the world. In 2010, the entire GE family - including
businesses, employees, retirees and the GE Foundation - contributed more
than $250 million in cash, products and services to charitable
organizations around the world. For more information, please visit www.gefoundation.com.
GE (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter. The best people and the best
technologies taking on the toughest challenges. Finding solutions in
energy, health and home, transportation and finance. Building, powering,
moving and curing the world. Not just imagining. Doing. GE works. For
more information, visit the company's website at www.ge.com.
Our "healthymagination" vision for the future invites the world to join
us on our journey as we continuously develop innovations focused on
reducing costs, increasing access and improving quality and efficiency
around the world. Healthymagination is a $6 billion commitment that was
launched in May 2009.
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