August 18, 2005 12:23 ET

VHA Executive to Be Inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing

IRVING, TX -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 18, 2005 -- VHA Inc., is proud to announce that Lillee Gelinas, R.N., vice president and chief nursing officer at VHA, will be inducted as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing this fall.

There are more than 2.7 million registered nurses in the United States, but only 1,500 are fellows in American Academy of Nursing (AAN), which is a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association. The fellows are selected by their peers for outstanding, sustained contributions to nursing and health care. Sixty nurses will be inducted into the Academy during the AAN's annual meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona on November 12, 2005. Only one other Texas nurse is being inducted this year.

"Lillee's commitment to nursing far exceeds her role in VHA, and she has been at the forefront of efforts to elevate the role of nurses and nurse executives in improving clinical quality," said Stuart Baker, M.D., executive vice president at VHA. "VHA has a strong voice in the national clinical improvement movement because of Lillee and her connections with literally hundreds, if not thousands, of nurses across the nation."

As a member of VHA's clinical performance leadership team, Gelinas supports VHA's efforts to help members improve their clinical and economic performance. She works extensively with VHA's 2,400 member health care organizations and 18 local offices to help hospitals measure and improve clinical quality. Gelinas is a national champion for VHA's well-recognized efforts to help members achieve clinical excellence. In addition, she supports programs, products and services which impact VHA's nurses and nursing leaders through clinical improvement, education, networking and research activities -- key responsibilities since 1986. She has published findings for VHA Inc. on the changing role of nursing leaders since 1993 and is a nationally recognized speaker on clinical, health care management and nursing issues.

Gelinas attended Louisiana State University, earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and a master's degree in nursing, with honors, from the University of Pennsylvania where she also studied at the Wharton School of Business.

A partial list of Gelinas' Key Appointments and Accomplishments includes:

--  Institute of Medicine:
    --  Redesigning Health Insurance Benefits, Payment and Performance
        Improvement Programs: subcommittee on Performance Measures,
        2004 - 2005
    --  Committee member and Agenda Subcommittee Chair, Institute of
        Medicine Crossing the Quality Chasm Summit - January, 2004
--  National Quality Forum: Nursing Care Performance Standards Committee
    Co-Chair, 2003 - 2004
--  Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
    (JCAHO): Nursing Advisory Council Member, 2002 - present
--  Institute for Healthcare Improvement - National Forum faculty since
--  Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
    --  Nursing Leadership Roundtable: 2003 - 2005
    --  NQF Nursing Sensitive Measures Research Committee: 2004 - 2005
--  Exempla Healthcare, Denver, Colorado - Board member: 2002 - present
--  Honor Society member of Sigma Theta Tau (nursing excellence) and Phi
    Kappa Phi (academic excellence) for more than 20 years
About VHA -- 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 18 local offices serving more than 2,400 health care organizations across the United States.

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