Siemens Healthineers joins the Gold Corporate Council

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation is pleased to announce that Siemens Healthineers, an innovative medical technology company, has joined the Gold Corporate Council, a group of leading healthcare corporations that have a commitment to humanism in healthcare. The Council members support the Gold Foundation’s mission, and collaborate collectively or individually with the Gold Foundation to enhance initiatives to ensure humanistic care – defined as compassionate, collaborative, and scientifically excellent care.

“We enthusiastically welcome Siemens Healthineers to the Gold Corporate Council,” said Dr. Richard I. Levin, Gold Foundation President and CEO. “In this time of crisis, of dual pandemics of COVID-19 and racism, we recognize that diversity, equity and inclusion are critical to the foundation of humanism. As a global leader in inclusion, Siemens Healthineers joins us in this recognition. We are excited that Siemens Healthineers will be joining the council’s efforts to elevate humanism in healthcare in the world through these challenging times and beyond.”

Siemens Healthineers is a leading medical technology company with over 120 years of experience and 18,500 patents globally. Each day, an estimated 5 million patients globally benefit from its innovative technologies and services in the areas of diagnostic and therapeutic imaging, laboratory diagnostics and molecular medicine, as well as digital health and enterprise services.

“As a company focused on improving the patient experience and expanding precision medicine tailored to the individual, Siemens Healthineers is proud to join the Gold Foundation’s Corporate Council,” said Dave Pacitti, President of Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc. and Head of the Americas for Siemens Healthineers. “Siemens Healthineers is committed to fostering a culture of inclusion while addressing healthcare disparities at a societal level.”

Siemens Healthineers believes that diversity is the inclusion and collaboration of different thinking, backgrounds, experience, and expertise. In addition to earning high rankings on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index annually since 2017 and other inclusion accolades, Siemens Healthineers knows that, to shape the future of healthcare, it’s important to have a team as diverse as the healthcare providers they serve and the patients for whom they care.

The Gold Corporate Council was formed in 2017. The founding members are BD; Henry Schein, Inc.; IBM Watson Health; Medtronic; and Quest Diagnostics. CVS Health joined in 2019. The Gold Foundation has strategically sought to connect with corporations that are aligned with the Council’s vision and have a demonstrated commitment to humanistic practice in order to collaborate and amplify this important work.

Humanism in healthcare recognizes compassion, collaboration and scientific excellence as central to optimal patient care and lower healthcare costs. A humanistic approach acknowledges that good health is created together with the patient in an environment of safety and trust. Studies show that a humanistic approach is associated with better clinical outcomes1,2, higher rates of patient satisfaction3, reduced costs4, 5, and reduced physician burnout6.

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