SOURCE: VHA

August 11, 2008 11:42 ET

The Christ Hospital Signs Agreement With VHA Inc. for Supply Chain Management Services

IRVING, TX--(Marketwire - August 11, 2008) - The Christ Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio, has signed an agreement with VHA Inc., the national health care alliance, for performance improvement and supply chain management services.

The selection of VHA was based on the strength of VHA's supply chain management program and breadth of other clinical and networking opportunities, after reviewing proposals from leading national group purchasing organizations that compete with VHA.

One important advantage that VHA will provide The Christ Hospital is the ability to save money on supply purchases. Christ Hospital purchases more than $100 million in medical devices, drugs, disposable supplies and capital equipment annually. The hospital will use VHA's contracting services company, Novation, to assist with these purchases. In addition to leveraging Novation's national contracts for supplies, The Christ Hospital will be able to use VHA to obtain discounts on essential services it purchases, such as telecommunications services.

The Christ Hospital will also participate in VHA's national and regional networks, benchmarking services, and clinical quality and safety improvement collaboratives.

Patti Sweeney, senior vice president for VHA's regional office in Indianapolis, says Christ Hospital is joining VHA at a crucial time. "Hospitals are striving to be efficient and effective in how they apply resources to patient care, and VHA's mission is to help hospitals do both."

About Christ Hospital

The Christ Hospital is a 555-bed, not-for-profit acute care facility, offering services in cardiovascular care, spine treatment, women's health, major surgery, cancer, behavioral medicine, orthopedics, emergency care, kidney transplant and others. The hospital also offers The Christ Hospital Medical Associates, a primary care physician practice with several office locations throughout the Tristate. The Christ Hospital is consistently recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation's top hospitals, and has been named Cincinnati's Most Preferred Hospital for 12 consecutive years by National Research Corporation (NRC). For more information about The Christ Hospital, visit www.TheChristHospital.com.

About VHA

VHA Inc., based in Irving, Texas, is a national alliance that provides industry-leading supply chain management services and supports the formation of regional and national networks to help members improve their clinical and economic performance. With 16 offices across the U.S., VHA has a track record of proven results in serving more than 1,400 hospitals and 21,000 health care organizations nationwide.

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