October 10, 2006 12:13 ET

Nearly 500 Employees From Three Irving Companies Volunteer at Nine Community Agencies on Community Day

IRVING, TX -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 10, 2006 -- Undeterred by the rainy weather, hundreds of employees from Irving-based VHA Inc. and its related companies volunteered today at nine 501(c)3 agencies in Dallas and surrounding cities. Approximately 500 employees from VHA Inc. and its related companies, Novation and Healthcare Purchasing Partners International, tackled a range of large and small projects that included: painting, sorting medical supplies and food, interacting with the elderly, landscaping and rejuvenating playground areas. The following agencies benefited from these activities:

--  Texas Trees
--  Medisend
--  North Texas Food Bank
--  CC Young Memorial Home
--  Deaf Action Center
--  Our Children's House of Irving
--  Faith Christian School
--  The Family Place
--  Salvation Army
Another 500 VHA employees at 18 regional offices and Goodroe Healthcare Solutions, a Georgia-based company owned by VHA, volunteered for charitable organizations in other cities across the country.

VHA employees have donated nearly 15,000 volunteer hours and more than $100,000 to 80 local charities since VHA began Community Day in 2000.

VHA is a national health care alliance that serves 2,400 not-for-profit health care organizations nationwide, including Baylor Health Care System locally. VHA provides supply chain management services and supports the creation of regional networks that help hospitals launch initiatives to improve their financial and clinical performance.

VHA has an active volunteer program that enables employees to volunteer a few hours each month to local charities. The company matches their time contribution with a financial contribution.

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 18 offices across the U.S., VHA has a track record of proven results in serving more than 2,400 health care organizations nationwide.