More Than 500 GE Volunteers Support Salt Lake City’s Kostopulos Dream Foundation with Community Service Day

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More Than 500 GE Volunteers Support Salt Lake City’s Kostopulos Dream Foundation with Community Service Day

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GE Healthcare employees participated in GE's Community Service Day to help improve resources for the Kostopulos Dream Foundation program, Camp Kostopulos. Camp Kostopulos is a Summer camp devoted to improving the quality of life for people with disabilities through recreation, education and growth experiences. More than 500 GE Healthcare employees, retirees and other volunteers from the Salt Lake City area volunteered.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 4:00pm

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(3BL Media / theCSRfeed) Salt Lake City, UT - October 18, 2011 - GE Healthcare employees in the Salt Lake City-area will participate in GE’s Community Service Day to help improve resources for the Kostopulos Dream Foundation program Camp Kostopulos. Camp Kostopulos is a summer camp dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with disabilities through recreation, education and growth experiences. The event brings together more than 500 Salt Lake City-based employees, retirees and other volunteers to lead several projects to improve the environment and resources at Camp Kostopulos. GE volunteers will dedicate time, effort and expertise through activities such as construction and painting of large murals, landscaping, repairs and maintenance. GE Healthcare’s Community Service Day is Monday, October 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“We are proud to support Camp Kostopulos, an organization that provides invaluable, year-round experiences for people with disabilities in the Salt Lake Valley.”

Since 1967, the Kostopulos Dream Foundation has been dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities. Camp Kostopulos is a residential summer camp where children, teens, and adults with disabilities gain new skills and enrichment through outdoor recreation. Campers build confidence through activities such as fishing, horseback riding, swimming, navigating ropes courses, singing and arts and craft projects as well as making new friends. The camp offers year-round recreation for children, teens and adults.

“Volunteering is a key component of GE’s culture, andCommunity Service Day is an opportunity for GE employees to give back to the local community where we live and work,” said Joe Shrawder, President and CEO, Surgery, GE Healthcare. “We are proud to support Camp Kostopulos, an organization that provides invaluable, year-round experiences for people with disabilities in the Salt Lake Valley.”

GE coordinates volunteer efforts company-wide by keeping a close eye on societal needs and inviting all employees to work together to build stronger communities. GE employees and retirees contribute more than one million hours of service annually to local community initiatives, and there are now more than 175 GE Volunteers councils located in more than 46 countries around the world.

“We are humbled by the exceptional volunteer work of GE Healthcare employees, which goes beyond a monetary donation to provide time, effort and expertise to improve the resources at Camp Kostopulos,” said Gary Ethington, executive director at Camp Kostopulos. “With the help of GE Volunteers, we will be able to provide a better environment and more resources to our campers and families, enabling us to continue to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities in our local community and beyond.”

The Kostopulos Dream Foundation received a $17,000 grant from the GE Volunteers Grant Committee for Community Service Day projects.

GE would like to extend its thanks to Truco, Wasatch Heating and Air, Electric Insurance, Waste Management, Lowe’s and Sam’s Club for helping with tools and supplies for this day.

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. For our latest news, please visit http://newsroom.gehealthcare.com.

ABOUT CAMP KOSTOPULOS:

The Kostopulos Dream Foundation is an agency dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities. Since 1967 we have offered recreational opportunities for individuals of all ages and abilities. Our longest running program, Camp Kostopulos, is a residential summer camp where kids, teens, and adults with disabilities are able to engage in a variety of activities. During a week-long stay, campers go fishing, ride horses, camp out, sing songs, work on arts and crafts projects, challenge themselves on the ropes course, make new friends, and renew old friendships. Other campers may opt to enjoy a week on the road as a participant in the Travel Trip Adventures program. Groups of campers and staff participate in week-long camp trips to places such as Moab or Jackson Hole. River running, hiking, viewing wildlife, and visiting attractions are all a part of these trips. For more information on Camp Kostopulos, watch this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZvi6Buy73A or visit http://www.campk.org/.

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Matt Kuhn
GE Healthcare
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