April 17, 2008 14:31 ET

Bankston to Retire as Head of VHA's Gulf States Region

BATON ROUGE, LA--(Marketwire - April 17, 2008) - VHA Inc. and VHA Gulf States Inc. today announced that Dale L. Bankston, senior vice president and executive officer, will retire from his leadership post April 30, 2008. Bankston, 65, opened the VHA Gulf States regional office and brought a vision and a dedication that has served the organization well since 1984.

At his retirement celebration, Bankston shared, "Working at VHA has given me the opportunity to live out my passion of furthering not-for-profit health care and working with amazingly talented people in VHA and our member hospitals. VHA has been my life for almost 24 years."

VHA Gulf States is one of 16 regional offices that serve as hubs for the delivery, coordination and development of programs and services that VHA offers member health care organizations nationwide. VHA serves more than 1,400 not-for-profit hospitals and more than 21,000 non-acute care organizations across the nation.

"Under Dale's leadership, our Gulf States membership tripled to more than 30 hospitals in Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee," said Chris Anderson, chairman of VHA Gulf States and chief executive officer of Singing River Hospital System, Pascagoula, Miss. "Dale has made many outstanding contributions to VHA Gulf States and his tireless dedication will be sorely missed."

"VHA and VHA Gulf States are better organizations because of Dale's commitment and presence," said John Finan, President/CEO of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System, Baton Rouge, La.

The VHA Gulf States board has retained an executive search firm to conduct a search for Bankston's successor.

About VHA -- VHA Inc., based in Irving, Texas, is a national health care 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 not-for-profit hospitals and more than 21,000 non-acute care organizations nationwide.

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