April 29, 2010 14:05 ET

VHA Leadership Conference in Orlando, Fla. to Attract 1,300

IRVING, TX--(Marketwire - April 29, 2010) -  VHA Inc., the national health care network, will hold its annual leadership conference from May 2-4 in Orlando, Fla., and said it expects approximately 1,300 people to attend the conference, including 800 health care leaders from across the country representing C-suite and supply chain executives.

Conference highlights will include provocative round-table policy and issue-based discussions with several highly regarded health care industry experts complemented by CEOs from VHA member organizations. One of the conference's distinguished panels includes: Susan Dentzer, the editor-in-chief of Health Affairs, Mary R. Grealy, president of the Health Leadership Council, and Douglas Holtz-Eakin, a fellow at the Manhattan Institute's Center for Medical Progress and the former Director of the Congressional Budget Office under President George W. Bush.

Keynote speakers at this year's conference are T.R. Reid, foreign correspondent and author of "The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper and Fairer Health Care," a comparison of global health care models, and Bob and Lee Woodruff, authors of "Surviving Together, a Personal Journey," their account of reporter Bob Woodruff's recovery from the traumatic brain injury he sustained in a roadside bombing in Iraq.

"One goal of the Leadership Conference is to provide a forum for dialogue among executives that results in improving our members' ability to more effectively and efficiently manage their health care organizations," said Colleen Risk, executive vice president, Clinical Improvement Services at 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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