May 23, 2012 11:19 ET

VHA Inc. Elects Five New Board Members

IRVING, TX--(Marketwire - May 23, 2012) - VHA Inc., the national health care network, has announced that it has elected five new board members and has appointed a current board member to fill a vacancy in 2013. VHA announced the board changes at its annual Leadership Conference meeting in Denver, Colo.

The five new board members elected to three-year terms include:

  • Howard Elliot, president, Elliott Management Group, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • David Pate, MD, president and CEO, St. Luke's Health System, Boise, Idaho
  • Judy Rich, RN, president and CEO, TMC Healthcare, Tucson, Ariz.
  • Russ Tyner, CEO, Baptist Health, Montgomery, Ala.
  • Dan Wolterman, president and CEO, Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, Houston, Texas

"Each of our new board members has been active in health care for many years and brings an enormous amount of industry leadership and experience to our Board," said Curt Nonomaque, president and CEO of VHA. "As we help guide our members to success, their contributions will be essential to our work to help health care organizations meet current and future challenges."

Having completed their board service, three current board members will depart:

  • Gary Duncan, president emeritus, foundation director and retired president and CEO, Freeman Health System, Joplin, Mo.
  • John Koster, MD, president and CEO, Providence Health and Services, Renton, Wash.
  • Al Stubblefield, CEO, Baptist Health Care Corp., Pensacola, Fla.

"Gary, John and Al have all made important contributions to VHA and we are appreciate of their service and dedication," said Nonomaque. "As integral members of the VHA Board of Directors, their efforts have contributed greatly to the growth and support of our member network."

In addition, the Board of Directors has appointed current member Gerald Miller, health care consultant, to fill a vacancy in the Class of 2013. He will serve on the board for an additional year.

For a complete list of VHA's board members please go to

About VHA Inc.
Based in Irving, TX, VHA Inc. 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. Since 1977, VHA has leveraged its expertise in analytics, contracting, consulting and networks to help members achieve their operational, clinical and financial objectives. In 2011, VHA delivered record savings and value of $1.8 billion to members. VHA serves more than 1,350 hospitals and more than 30,000 non-acute care providers nationwide, coordinating delivery of its programs and services through its 15 regional offices. VHA has been ranked as one of the best places to work in healthcare by Modern Healthcare since the publication introduced this list in 2008.

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