GE HealthCare announced today that it made a donation of ultrasound and monitoring equipment worth $1 million to Ukraine.
The company said it made the donation in support of the country as the ongoing war takes a toll on its healthcare system. The donation includes patient monitors and handheld and stationary ultrasound devices, according to a news release.
GE HealthCare said Ukraine can use its monitoring technology for monitoring vital signs at bedside in the general ward and ICUs. Ultrasound devices can cover various clinical uses, including emergency care, obstetrics and gynecology. Ukrainians can use them both inside and outside the hospital.
GE’s efforts to aid Ukraine
The company’s latest donation adds to a $4 million equipment donation made in March 2022. The GE Foundation also donated $500,000 to the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and Airlink. That provided relief to neighboring countries welcoming refugees from Ukraine. The GE Foundation also offers a matching gifts program for supporting relief efforts.
GE also offered cost reimbursements and paid time off to employees opening their homes to refugees. The company provided food, medicine and clothing as well. Approximately 360 GE Employees made use of use of the program, amounting to more than $300,000 in reimbursements. That includes around 100 GE HealthCare employees with about $90,000 in reimbursements.
“Given our access to life-saving medical equipment and our global reach, we have a responsibility to help patients when they need it most. We do not want a lack of equipment standing in the way at any time, especially during a time of conflict. We hope that this donation will help bridge the gap,” said Rob Walton, president and CEO of GE HealthCare for Europe, Middle East and Africa. “We sympathize with the people of Ukraine, the health professionals who are working hard to save lives, and the patients in need of care in these very difficult circumstances.”