GE Healthcare, U.S. Army Reserve Team To Provide Professional Development For Reservists
Washington, D.C. – May 25, 2011 – GE Healthcare and the 807th Medical Command (Deployment Support) (807th MDSC) today announced the launch of a joint externship pilot program to provide training and workplace preparation for biomedical equipment specialists. The announcement was made during a special GE Veterans Network event at Gaylord National Resort Hotel and Convention Center in Washington, D.C.
Through the externship program, GE will work with the 807th Medical Command, which manages deployment of all Army Reserve field expeditionary medical units from Ohio to California, to address the critical need for biomedical equipment specialists both within the Command and in the private sector. The program will provide training and career development to biomedical specialists with the goal of providing highly skilled Soldiers to fill the Army Reserve war and peace time missions as well as facilitating employment in the civilian healthcare technology industry so Soldiers stay mission ready.
“GE is proud to count more than 11,000 military veterans among our employees, bringing a sense of honor and duty to our company that helps drive a culture of dedication and commitment, ” said Mike Swinford, president & CEO, Global Services at GE Healthcare. “In joining with the 807th Medical Command to launch an externship program for biomedical equipment specialists, we are pleased to not only provide important career development to our service men and women, but to also address a key need in the healthcare industry.”
“With the leaps and bounds made in technological science, medical technologies have become an essential and integral part of modern medicine. This collaboration will provide streamlined and relevant hands-on training with a variety of medical technologies for Soldiers to contribute to their military training requirements,” said Maj. Gen. L.P. Chang, Commander, 807th Medical Command. “This will be vital to the development and retention of biomedical specialists as we increase the number of Soldiers needed in the Army in this highly technical specialty.”
The GE Healthcare and 807th Medical Command externship program will seek to ensure that participating biomedical equipment specialists obtain professional qualifications for both military and civilian standards. The program will occur over a one-year period and will include hands-on “mission” assignments, completion of all Duty Military Occupational Skill Qualification (DMOSQ) requirements, experience in regional medical equipment concentration sites, advanced, multi-modality biomedical training and process management training with regular progress review.
About the 807th Medical Command (Deployment Support)
The 807th Medical Command consists of over 11,000 Soldiers and covers 26 states from Ohio to California. The 807th has 118 expeditionary units spread across its geographic area. The 807th offers full-spectrum deployable medical capabilities, including general medical care, trauma care, surgery, dental, optometry, veterinary services, behavioral health, ambulance services, preventive medicine, blood storage, medical logistics, biomedical equipment repair, eyeglass fabrication, nutrition management, and patient management. The 807th is headquartered in Salt Lake City with an operational command post located in Seagoville, Texas.
In addition to serving as a Theater Medical Command aligned to support the U.S. military’s Southern Command, The 807th Medical Command also provides military medical capabilities to support overseas contingencies operations (such as OEF, OIF/OND), and conducts numerous humanitarian missions in the Caribbean, Central America, South America, and Africa each year. The command also works with the U.S. Navy on its humanitarian missions in the Caribbean nations and the South Pacific. The 807th is one of the U.S. Army’s lead organizations practicing medical diplomacy, projecting the United States’ soft power forward to assist nations of a strategic interest to the U.S.
For more information about the 807th Medical Command, visit our website at www.armyreserve.army/807thMDSC. For the latest news updates from the command, visit our Facebook site at www.facebook.com/807thMDSC.
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.
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807th Medical Command (Deployment Support)
Maj. Matt Lawrence