June 10, 2009 11:22 ET

Five Suppliers Earn Service Excellence Award for Outstanding Service to VHA Members

IRVING, TX--(Marketwire - June 10, 2009) - VHA Inc., a national network of not-for-profit community health care organizations, today announced that it has honored five suppliers for their outstanding service to its member hospitals. Based on input from members and VHA and Novation staff, the winners of VHA's 2009 Service Excellence Award are:

--  AT&T Mobility: Located in Atlanta, Ga., AT&T Mobility provides
    wireless services including wireless voice, Internet access, e-mail and
    private wireless networking to enterprise customers and consumers.
--  Cardinal Lab Distribution: A unit of Dublin, Ohio-based Cardinal
    Health, its more than 50 years of clinical laboratory experience have
    brought leading-edge capabilities in products and performance into the
    clinical laboratory.
--  ev3: Located in Plymouth, Minn., ev3 provides technology for
    specialists treating vascular diseases and disorders with a broad-ranging
    treatment portfolio that includes plaque excision systems, PTA balloons,
    stents, embolic protection and thrombectomy. A Novation Signature Supplier,
    ev3's strategic relationships provide more than the traditional
    supplier/group purchasing organization, delivering exceptional value to
    VHA, UHC and Provista members.
--  McKesson Pharmacy Distribution: A unit of San Francisco-based
    McKesson, it aligns with pharmaceutical manufacturers to deliver industry-
    leading operational efficiency and supply chain integrity, ensuring that
    products reach patients safely and on time. McKesson's 175-year history of
    pharmaceutical industry supply chain leadership demonstrates its commitment
    to continuous improvements.
--  Ponder & Co.: Located in Chicago, Il., Ponder provides financial
    advice on debt capacity analysis, debt capacity, interest rate swaps and
    other financial and interest-related instruments  to  health care
    organizations seeking access to the bond markets.

"We rely on our suppliers to provide our members with products and services that best meet their diverse requirements," said Scott Downing, executive vice president, VHA. "These suppliers have been exemplary in their dedication, flexibility and reliability. We are proud of their achievements and happy to confer this award on each of them."

About VHA: VHA Inc. is a national network of more than 1,400 not-for-profit community hospitals and 23,000 non-acute care providers working together to improve their clinical and financial performance. VHA offers comprehensive supply chain management services, world-class health care analytics and an innovative suite of clinical support services. The VHA network includes some of the nation's largest integrated delivery systems, urban health care providers and small, rural hospitals. VHA, recognized for its citizenship and sustainability practices, is based in Irving, Texas, and has a network of 16 regional offices across the country.

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