April 08, 2010 10:29 ET

VHA Inc. Signs New Agreements to Provide Elevator Maintenance and Modernization Services for Hospitals

New Contracts Promote Decreased Costs, Reduced Wait Times and Improved Productivity

IRVING, TX--(Marketwire - April 8, 2010) -  VHA Inc., the national health care network, recently signed new three-year agreements with Otis Elevator Co. and ThyssenKrupp Elevator Corp. to provide elevator maintenance and modernization services to help members lower their costs, reduce wait times and improve productivity. VHA provides its members with cost-containment strategies, offering hospital systems beneficial new agreements with leading services suppliers.

Through VHA's agreements with Otis and ThyssenKrupp, hospitals will have access to a variety of value-added elevator and escalator maintenance and modernization services to ensure more efficient transportation, reducing costly delays and wait times and maximizing the time devoted to actual patient-care related activities.

Currently, more than one-third of VHA members retain Otis or ThyssenKrupp for their elevator maintenance services. Both companies were awarded VHA supplier agreements after passing a rigorous selection process to ensure they will provide maximum value and innovative solutions for members. The benefits under the agreements could include complimentary equipment evaluations, ADA surveys and reports and capital planning services as well as central and consolidated billing.

"Safe, efficient and reliable transportation within a health care facility is critical to maximizing staff efficiency and patient throughput, resulting in improved clinical outcomes, increased patient satisfaction and enhanced cash flow," said David Gillan, vice president of Purchased Services and Strategic Sourcing. "We continue to offer exceptional value to our members through contracts with two of the industry's leading elevator maintenance and modernization service providers."

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. 

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