June 16, 2010 12:00 ET

Clark Memorial Hospital Joins VHA to Enhance Networking Opportunities Within the Region and to Save Money on Supply Expenses

IRVING, TX--(Marketwire - June 16, 2010) -  Clark Memorial Hospital, a 241-bed hospital located in Jeffersonville, Ind., has joined VHA Inc., the national health care network. The primary driver behind the decision was the desire to generate savings through VHA's supply chain management programs and to network with other VHA members through its performance improvement initiatives.

"Last fall, Clark Memorial Hospital began exploring opportunities to enhance our operational efficiency and approach to clinical performance," said Martin Padgett, president and chief executive officer of Clark Memorial. "Several fellow CEOs recommended that we consider joining VHA. As my team evaluated our options over the course of 180 days, the VHA team submitted a proposal, and we decided VHA was a great fit for Clark Memorial. Through VHA, we'll save money on our $30 million supply budget and access programs and resources that will enable us to improve care and better serve our patients." 

"VHA helps hospitals drive efficiency and collaboration across our membership to accelerate performance improvement," said Patti Sweeney, senior vice president of VHA's regional office in Indianapolis, which covers more than 50 hospitals in Indiana and Ohio and parts of Kentucky and Michigan. "If our nation is going to improve health care, hospitals have to focus on providing even more efficient and effective care. Regionally and nationally, VHA directs its resources to support these dual imperatives."

About VHA
VHA Inc., based in Irving, Texas, is a national network of not-for-profit health care organizations that work together to drive maximum savings in the supply chain arena, set new levels of clinical performance and identify and implement best practices to improve operational efficiency and clinical outcomes. Formed in 1977, through its 16 regional offices, VHA serves more than 1,400 hospitals and more than 28,000 non-acute care providers nationwide. VHA was ranked by Modern Healthcare as the 7th best place to work in health care in 2009.

About Clark Memorial Hospital
Since 1922, Clark Memorial Hospital has provided superior health services to the residents of southern Indiana. Located in Jeffersonville, Ind., Clark Memorial is a 241-bed acute care hospital with more than 1,500 employees and nearly 500 physicians treating 82,000 patients a year. With a long-standing tradition of quality care and continuous expansion of new programs and services, Clark Memorial Hospital is truly a premier health care provider and a standard for excellence in the region.

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