September 14, 2010 14:30 ET

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Joins VHA's National Hospital Network to Accelerate Supply Savings Efforts and Operational and Clinical Improvements

IRVING, TX--(Marketwire - September 14, 2010) - Boston-based Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, one of the East Coast's most prestigious academic medical centers and a major teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, has joined VHA Inc., the national health care network. In joining VHA, BIDMC links with a large and growing network of hospitals and health systems across the country that work together to improve quality, increase efficiencies and control costs.

"Supply costs are the second biggest expense category in our budget. We're seeking to aggressively manage costs as part of our commitment to provide the best health care possible in a responsible, cost-effective manner," said Eric Buehrens, executive vice president and chief operating officer at BIDMC. "We are constantly looking to achieve and sustain supply chain excellence." 

"VHA's network includes some of the best health care organizations in the nation, so we're excited to have Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center join," said Curt Nonomaque, VHA's president and CEO. "We have a demonstrated track record of helping health care organizations drive clinical and operational improvements and connect with other members to create mutual benefits. We look forward to doing the same for Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center."

BIDMC began its search for a new health care group purchasing organization in 2009 as the organization considered ways to drive efficiency in response to toughening economic realities and the pending demands of health care reform, said Robert Cherry, vice president of Support Services. He noted that BIDMC spends about $300 million annually on supplies, but expects VHA membership will enable BIDMC to identify and achieve significant savings over the next 18 months on commodity products, pharmaceuticals, their top spend categories overall and endomechanical devices. 

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 1,400 hospitals and more than 30,000 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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