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GE Healthcare Performance Solutions Expands Global Leadership Team; Appoints New Managing Principal in UK

Press release from: GE Healthcare Performance Solutions
PR Agency: EMG

BUC, FRANCE – May 18, 2011 – GE Healthcare today announced the appointment of Andy Ward as Managing Principal, GE Healthcare Performance Solutions, United Kingdom (UK). In this role, Ward will be responsible for leading the growth for Performance Solutions, primarily within the UK healthcare sector. Ward’s reputation and expertise of transformational change in healthcare will be invaluable as he looks to strengthen partnerships with hospitals and health systems to better improve their overall performance.

“The Performance Solutions business continues to expand globally to meet increasing demand from hospitals and healthcare systems looking to solve their operational and cost challenges while improving patient care,” said Jan De Witte, president and CEO, GE Healthcare Performance Solutions and Healthcare IT. “We are excited to continue to build our global team with some of the industry’s top talent. Andy will bring strategic vision and executing capability to helping hospitals make sustainable and meaningful improvements.”

Performance Solutions is a division of GE Healthcare that partners with hospitals and health systems across the globe to improve their operational performance so that they are better equipped to succeed amidst the complex challenges facing healthcare today. With its unique combination of advisory services, technology, governance strategies and world-recognized GE management and operations methodologies, Performance Solutions helps its clients identify and reduce unnecessary waste coming from underutilization of resources, unintended clinical variation and fragmented care delivery while delivering cost savings and improving the quality of patient care.

“Hospitals across the world are evaluating the many factors that contribute to quality and safety – none more so than the UK at this time when we are expecting the largest scale change ever in the NHS against a backdrop of economic constraints and increasing quality expectations” said Ward. “GE Healthcare offers a distinctive combination of deep healthcare expertise, technology and advisory services to tackle hospitals’ and health systems’ toughest challenges and deliver tangible and sustainable benefits. Our ability to work with our clients with innovative end-to-end solutions, to deliver tangible change is unique in my experience - I look forward to working with this impressive team.”

Ward brings over 10 years of experience in the healthcare industry, specifically addressing the issue of sustainable improvement, efficiencies and productivity. Previously, Ward worked with the National Health Service (NHS) in his position as a leader in Deloitte’s Healthcare and Public Sector Operations Practice in London and has deep experience delivering transformation in UK, Middle East and Australian healthcare systems, from policy implementation to sustainable front line performance improvement.

Ward holds an MBA from Open University and his BSc, Applied Physics from Brunel University, West London. He is a Chartered Engineer, and as a Member of the Associate of Project Management is a judge in their annual awards. He is also on the editorial panel of the International Journal of Management and Marketing.

Other recent leadership posts include the appointment of Dr. Peter Angood, former Senior Advisor for Patient Safety at the National Quality Forum (NQF), as the Medical Director of the GE Patient Safety Organization (PSO) in the USA.

About GE Healthcare
GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and services that are shaping a new age of patient care. Our broad expertise in medical imaging and information technologies, medical diagnostics, patient monitoring systems, drug discovery, biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies, performance improvement and performance solutions services help our customers to deliver better care to more people around the world at a lower cost. In addition, we partner with healthcare leaders, striving to leverage the global policy change necessary to implement a successful shift to sustainable healthcare systems.

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 around the world. Headquartered in the United Kingdom, GE Healthcare is a unit of General Electric Company (NYSE: GE). Worldwide, GE Healthcare employees are committed to serving healthcare professionals and their patients in more than 100 countries. For more information about GE Healthcare, visit our website at www.gehealthcare.com.

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