SOURCE: VHA

June 26, 2008 14:53 ET

IDG's Computerworld Names VHA Inc. Number 12 in Its Annual List of Best Places to Work in Information Technology

Company Earns Second Consecutive Top Tier Ranking

IRVING, TX--(Marketwire - June 26, 2008) - VHA Inc., the national healthcare alliance, announced today that IDG's Computerworld, the "Voice of IT Management," named it No. 12 among the top workplaces for information technology (IT) professionals. This honor is part of the weekly IT publication's 15th annual Best Places to Work in IT survey, which was published in the June 30 issue of Computerworld and online at Computerworld.com.

VHA was ranked number 16 in 2007. Additional information is available at www.computerworld.com/2008bestplaces.

Since 1994, Computerworld's annual "Best Places to Work in IT" feature has ranked the top 100 work environments for technology professionals, based on a comprehensive questionnaire regarding company offerings in categories such as benefits, diversity, career development, training and retention. In addition, this year Computerworld surveyed more than 31,000 IT workers for the list, and their responses factored heavily in determining the rankings.

VHA serves more than 1,400 not-for-profit hospitals nationwide, helping these organizations improve their supply chain performance and clinical quality. VHA applies its IT resources to provide new and innovative information solutions to meet members' needs.

"The heart and soul of our [IT] group is the quality of our employees," said Mike Cummins, VHA's chief information officer. "In the past year, we have completed a number of new projects that have excited employees and given them new opportunities and great pride in the product they've produced." Cummins also stressed the importance of helping employees improve their professional capabilities.

"This year we also looked at ways we could structure the organization for success. We took input from staff and outside consultants to explore ways to improve our organization and our architecture," added Cummins. "We want all IT employees to understand and participate in our vision." Cummins also cited an initiative that utilizes ITIL (Information Technology Infrastructure Library) best practices to measure and manage operational performance improvement. "We're positioning our IT organization and, most importantly our employees, to be successful and help VHA become a leader in information technology," concluded Cummins. Additionally, Cummins cited several new business-focused initiatives including a newly released Clinical Leading Practices portal. Under development are innovative extensions to Goodroe's clinical quality improvement suite.

"Being among the Best Places to Work in IT means crafting a blend of employee advantages that includes the potential for flexible hours, competitive pay, excellent benefits, a supportive leadership environment, opportunities for ongoing training and advancement, and ultimately, the feeling that you'd like to stay with the company a long, long time," said Scot Finnie, editor in chief of Computerworld.

About Computerworld

Computerworld is the leading source of technology news and information for IT influencers worldwide. Computerworld's award-winning weekly publication, Computerworld.com Web site (www.computerworld.com), focused conference series and custom research form the hub of the world's largest (40+ edition) global IT media network. In the past five years alone, Computerworld has won more than 100 awards, including Folio Magazine's 2006 Gold EDDIE Award for the best technology/computing magazine, the 2004 and 2006 Magazine of the Year Award, and 2006 Best Overall Web Publication from the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE). Computerworld leads the industry with a print audience of 1,252,000 readers each week (IntelliQuest CIMS Spring 2006) and an online audience of over 2 million unique monthly visitors (Omniture).

Computerworld is a business unit of International Data Group (IDG), the world's leading technology media, events, and research company. IDG's online network includes more than 450 web sites spanning business technology, consumer technology, digital entertainment and video games worldwide. IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers in 85 countries including CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Macworld, Network World, and PC World. IDG's lead-generation service, IDG Connect, matches technology companies with an audience of engaged, high-quality IT professionals, influencers, and decision makers.

IDG is a leading producer of more than 750 technology-related events including Macworld Conference & Expo, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, Entertainment for All Expo (E for All), DEMO, and IDC Directions. IDC, a subsidiary of IDG, is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events. Over 900 IDC analysts in more than 90 countries provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends. Additional information about IDG, a privately held company, is available at http://www.idg.com.

About VHA Inc. -- VHA Inc. is a national alliance of leading not-for-profit health care organizations that work together to improve the health of the communities they serve. VHA delivers industry-leading supply chain management services and enables regional and national member networks to improve clinical and operational performance, and drive sustainable results. Based in Irving, Texas, VHA has 16 local offices serving more than 1,400 hospitals and 21,000 non-acute health care organizations across the United States.

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