The Intercare Group was founded in 2000 by Drs Hendrik Hanekom and George Veliotes with the purpose of making people feel better. The first medical and dental centre was opened in 2002 in Lynnwood, Pretoria and since then the organisation has grown immensely. Currently, there are 28 multidisciplinary medical and dental centres, four-day hospitals, four sub-acute and rehabilitation hospitals and one Intercare Medfem Hospital across South Africa.
Intercare is a people-centered organisation that structures its services around the health status and needs of patients, with the overarching strategy to enhance access to affordable, quality, integrated health care.
Making people feel better. From the very beginning of Intercare, our reason for existence has remained the same: we exist to make people feel better.
We treat everyone with care, dignity and compassion.
We uphold a spirit of openness, honesty, trust and accountability.
We create space for everyone to contribute and be valued.
We strive for mastery, constantly improving our skills and knowledge.
We encourage continuous improvement and pioneer solutions.
Dr Hendrik Hanekom is the Chief Executive and co-founder of the Intercare Group that was established in 2000. He obtained an MBChB from the University of Pretoria in 1978 and practiced as a general practitioner from 1980 to 1987. Subsequently, he joined the Medical Association of South Africa. He became Chief Executive of this organisation in 1990, and served in this capacity until 1999. Dr Hanekom served as a board member of the World Medical Association for eight years and also chaired the Socio-Medical Affairs Committee during that time. He was also an advisor to the Director-General of the World Health Organisation.
Dr George Veliotes is Chairman and co-founder of the Intercare Group. He qualified as a medical doctor from the University of Pretoria in 1985 and obtained a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) at Wits Business School. From 1993 to 1996 he headed the Health Policy and Private Practice divisions of the South African Medical Association. In this position, he was actively involved in the formulation of health policy and participated in many national forums dealing with private and public health sector issues. In 1997 he co-chaired the Managed Care Committee established by the Department of Health to formulate policy on managed health care in South Africa. Dr Veliotes serves on the Boards of several organizations locally and internationally and he specializes in integrated health care delivery systems.