GE’s Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt is in London today to announce a donation of $8 million worth of medical equipment, including fetal monitors, incubators and magnetic resonance scanners, to Homerton University Hospital in Hackney, East London. It’s part of GE’s healthymagination initiative — and part of GE’s commitment to deliver a sustainable legacy to London as a 2012 Olympic and Paralympics sponsor. The pledge will enhance what is already considered to be a center of excellence for the care of premature and sick babies and help to further reduce infant mortality rates across the Borough of Hackney.
Approximately one in nine newborn babies require some form of specialist hospital care in the UK, equating to around one every six minutes, according to CMA Medical Data. Infant mortality rates in the Hackney community have improved but remain above the National average at 6.5 per 1,000 live births — reflecting the high health need in the population. In Hackney, every day, one baby is born weighing less than 5.5 lbs.