HSS Honors Jeffrey Immelt, Chairman and CEO, GE, for Leadership in Business

NBC Nightly News Anchor, Brian Williams, Will Serve as Toastmaster

NEW YORK—June 12, 2008 

Jeffrey Immelt, chairman and CEO of GE (NYSE:GE), will be honored for his leadership in business at Hospital for Special Surgery’s 25th Annual Tribute Dinner at the World Financial Center Winter Garden on Monday, June 16, 2008. Brian Williams, anchor of NBC Nightly News, will host the event.

Mr. Immelt has been named one of the “World’s Best CEOs” three times by Barron’s, and since he began serving as chief executive officer, GE has been named “America’s Most Admired Company” in a poll conducted by Fortune magazine and one of “The World’s Most Respected Companies” in polls by Barron’s and the Financial Times.

“GE is a global leader in medical diagnostic technology and biosciences,” said Louis A. Shapiro, president and chief executive officer of Hospital for Special Surgery. “Mr. Immelt’s commitment to continued innovation is admirable. In the area of orthopedics, GE has contributed immensely to the advancement of diagnostics and the ability of surgeons to more precisely develop a customized approach to each patient.”

“Hospital for Special Surgery works closely with GE Healthcare on exploring pioneering uses of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in orthopedics,” said Thomas P. Sculco, M.D., surgeon-in-chief at Hospital for Special Surgery. “Our extensive staff expertise and patient volume make for an ideal collaborative research environment. We have been working together to create the next generation of diagnostic approaches in orthopedics.”

Joseph M. Hogan, president and CEO of GE Healthcare, will also be attending the 25th Annual Tribute Dinner and serving as dinner co-chair along with William R. Salomon, a Special Surgery board member and honorary chairman at Citigroup. Mr. Hogan began his career at GE in 1985 and advanced through a series of leadership roles. As head of GE Healthcare, Mr. Hogan currently oversees a $17 billion business.

About Hospital for Special Surgery
Founded in 1863, Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) is a world leader in orthopedics, rheumatology and rehabilitation. HSS is nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics, No. 3 in rheumatology by U.S. News & World Report (2007), and has received Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. In the 2006 edition of HealthGrades' Hospital Quality in America Study, HSS received five-star ratings for clinical excellence in its specialties. A member of the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System and an affiliate of Weill Medical College of Cornell University, HSS provides orthopedic and rheumatologic patient care at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital at New York Weill Cornell Medical Center. All Hospital for Special Surgery medical staff are on the faculty of Weill Medical College of Cornell University. The hospital's research division is internationally recognized as a leader in the investigation of musculoskeletal and autoimmune diseases. Hospital for Special Surgery is located in New York City and online at www.hss.edu.

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