“We believe that forming and maintaining community partnerships removes silos from health care services. Moreover, we believe our new partnership with GE along with the company’s business knowledge and volunteer support, will only enhance the number of people we can serve and ultimately improve health outcomes,” added Bill Tendle, Executive Director and CEO, Southside Community Health Services, Inc. “We are very excited about this opportunity.”
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 37 cities, supporting 108 health centers with $38.9 million and 106,000 community service hours. GE employees in the Twin Cities are committed to community service. In 2012, GE Volunteers contributed 7,800 community service hours in the Twin Cities alone.
The Developing Health Globally (DHG) program was launched in Africa in 2004. This philanthropic program has helped to upgrade medical infrastructure and build human capacity in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities. The program so far has invested more than $80 million in key areas like biomedical repair, maternal and child health, trauma and surgical care. Additional information and news on Developing Health Globally can be found on www.developinghealthglobally.com.
About the GE FoundationThe GE Foundation, the philanthropic organization of GE, works to solve some of the world’s most difficult problems. With its partners, the GE Foundation focuses its efforts in the areas of health, education, the environment and disaster relief. In 2012, the GE family invested more than $200 million to global community and educational needs. For more information, visit www.gefoundation.com. About GE 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. About Neighborhood HealthSource Neighborhood HealthSource is a Federally Qualified Health Center serving the health needs of North and Northeast Minneapolis for over 45 years. Its four primary care medical clinics and community health programs provide affordable, quality health care to over ten thousand insured and uninsured patients. For more information, visit www.neighborhoodhealthsource.org. About Southside Community Health Service, Inc. Southside Community Health Service, Inc. (SCHS), a Federally Qualified Health Center established in 1971, has provided medical, dental, and vision services to the uninsured and underinsured in South Minneapolis and Stillwater Washington County area for more than 40 years. SCHS owns and operates both a dental mobile unit and a “Q”mmunity medical mobile unit to further serve the Twin Cities and surrounding areas. The organization strongly believes in the importance of reaching out to the community to improve access to primary health care and reduce health disparities. SCHS’ mission is to earn the right to serve the community and to encourage community members to engage in their own health. For more information, visit www.southsidechs.org.