May 06, 2008 14:54 ET

VHA Elects New Board Chair and Four New Board Members

IRVING, TX--(Marketwire - May 6, 2008) - VHA Inc., the national health care alliance, has elected a new board chair and added four new board members. The elections occurred at VHA's annual shareholder meeting, held this year in Philadelphia. The new board chair is John F. Koster, M.D., president and chief executive officer of Providence Health & Services, Seattle. The new members of VHA's board are:

--  Julian L. Carr, Jr., partner, Beecken Petty O'Keefe & Company, Chicago
--  Russell D. Harrington, Jr., president & CEO, Baptist Health, Little
    Rock, Ark.
--  Penny Wheeler, M.D., chief clinical officer, Allina Hospitals &
    Clinics, Minneapolis
--  Gary R. Yates, M.D., senior vice president/chief medical officer,
    Sentara Healthcare, Norfolk, Va.

"These individuals bring many decades of executive leadership and clinical expertise to our board and will be essential in helping VHA enhance efforts to help member hospitals improve their performance at all levels," said Curt Nonomaque, president and chief executive officer of VHA.

Arthur A. Ushijima, president and CEO of The Queens Medical Center, Honolulu, was re-elected to the board.

Concluding their terms on the VHA board are:

--  Bill Corley, president and CEO, The Community Health Network,
--  John Finan, president and CEO, Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady
    Health System, Baton Rouge, La.
--  Rich Hastings, president and CEO, St. Luke's Health System, Kansas
    City, Mo.
--  Linda Keene, CEO of Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River
    Valleys, Golden Valley, Minn.
--  Steve Lipstein, president and CEO, BJC HealthCare, St. Louis

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 16 offices across the U.S., VHA has a track record of proven results in serving more than 1,400 not-for-profit hospitals and more than 21,000 non-acute health care organizations nationwide.

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