May 06, 2011 19:05 ET

Provista Hires Former Healthcare Executive Dan Thomas as New President

IRVING, TX--(Marketwire - May 6, 2011) - Provista, one of the country's leading supply chain improvement companies and a wholly owned subsidiary of VHA Inc., the national health care network, announced today that it has hired Dan Thomas as its new president.

Thomas was formerly the CEO and a member of the board of Viant, Inc., a foremost health care cost management company that helped large health care insurance companies and other clients reduce their claim and administrative costs. Viant was acquired by MultiPlan, Inc. in 2010. Thomas had been instrumental in leading the formation of Viant when it was spun-off by Concentra in 2007; and helped the company gain significant market share, achieve attractive growth rates and successfully complete and integrate key acquisitions.

Thomas was Chairman of the Board of Directors of Concentra Inc. from June 2007 through December 2010, when the company was sold to Humana. Prior to joining Viant and becoming Chairman of Concentra, Thomas was Concentra's President and CEO. Earlier, Thomas was Concentra's Chief Operating Officer.

"I welcome this opportunity to continue to apply the strengths and strategies that will firmly establish Provista as a leading supply chain improvement company and GPO with the largest share in the non-acute health care market as we continue our expansion into the education, hospital and corporate markets," said Thomas. "As companies strive for greater financial and operational efficiency, Provista will help accelerate their efforts to achieve those goals. Meanwhile, we will continue to provide the innovative programs and processes to our current members that result in measurable savings and greater value."

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. In 2010, VHA delivered record savings and value of $1.7 billion to members. Formed in 1977, VHA serves 1,350 hospitals and more than 30,000 non-acute care providers nationwide, coordinating delivery of its programs and services through its 16 regional offices. VHA has been listed as one of the best places to work in health care by Modern Healthcare since 2008 and one of the best places to work in IT by Computer World since 2007.

About Provista
Based in Irving, Texas, Provista is a leading supply chain improvement company dedicated to strengthening financial and operational performance for its 64,000 sites in the health care, education, hospitality and corporate markets nationwide. Together, Provista and its supply contracting company, Novation, leverage more than $ 38 billion in annual purchases to provide members with the most competitive, extensive portfolio of products, services and solutions available. Provista is owned by VHA Inc.

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