February 08, 2011 10:38 ET

Ronald Rooney Named Chairman of the Board for VHA Region Covering Arkansas and Oklahoma

IRVING, TX--(Marketwire - February 8, 2011) -  Ronald K. Rooney, FACHE, president and chief executive officer of Arkansas Methodist Medical Center, Paragould, Ark., has been named chairman of the board for VHA Inc.'s regional network covering Arkansas and Oklahoma. It is one of 16 regional networks sponsored by VHA, the national health care network that serves nearly 1,350 not-for-profit hospitals across the United States. VHA Arkansas/Oklahoma, with offices in Little Rock and Oklahoma City, serves as the hub for developing and delivering services that help 43 VHA member hospitals in both states improve clinical and operational performance. 

Serving as president and CEO of Arkansas Methodist Medical Center since 1988, Rooney's career in health care administration spans more than 40 years, which also includes senior leadership roles for hospitals in New York, Massachusetts, South Carolina, Oklahoma and Louisiana. He earned his undergraduate degree from Syracuse University in Syracuse, N.Y., as well as a master's degree in business and health care administration from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Rooney is also board certified in health care management by the American College of Health Care Executives.

"Ron understands the benefits and wisdom of hospitals working together to leverage their combined resources to create advantages they couldn't create on their own," said David J. Robertson, VHA Arkansas/Oklahoma senior vice president. "We are committed to helping our members overcome the challenges posed by today's health care environment, and that means working collaboratively to achieve the greater good. Ron embraces the priorities that hospitals wrestle with, which are to provide more and better care in an efficient and effective manner, and we look forward to working with him in his capacity as board chair."

In addition to serving as chairman of the VHA region, Rooney has also been named chairman of AROK Purchasing Coalition, a VHA SupplyNetwork™ that helps VHA members in the region reduce supply costs by aggregating their medical supply and purchased services expenditures. The combined purchases of the coalition members represent in excess of $600 million annually. Since its inception in June 2008, AROK has documented more than $10 million in annualized savings from the special projects the members have completed. These savings were on top of the savings they normally achieve as members of VHA.

About VHA - VHA Inc., based in Irving, TX, 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 2009, VHA delivered record savings and value of $1.47 billion to members. Formed in 1977, VHA serves nearly 1,350 not-for-profit 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.

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