Group Health was founded in 1947 by a group of determined citizens and physicians who came together to make health care more affordable. The bylaws they wrote continue to guide us today: "To reduce cost as a barrier to health care… To promote other projects in the interest of public health… To serve the greatest number."
Inspired by cooperative principles, they founded a consumer-governed, nonprofit health care system offering care and coverage together. Their vision radical at the time is why we are a mission-focused organization, rather than profit-driven. It's also why we search for every possible opportunity to extend our reach, our resources, and our knowledge for the greater good.
The people of Group Health today our member Board of Trustees, clinicians, office staff, researchers, management, Foundation donors all share the purpose that motivated our predecessors 62 years ago. We are constantly searching for innovative new ways to promote healthier lives for our patients, our friends and neighbors, and the communities we serve.
That's why many of the ideas captured here as well as many more we didn't have room to highlight are their ideas. And that's why we dedicate this piece to the remarkable people of Group Health who devote their energy and passion to create better health. They truly help us to reach beyond.