October 05, 2009 11:14 ET

VHA Inc. Hires Hospital CEO as Vice President of Market Management and Business Development for Its Mountain States Region

IRVING, TX--(Marketwire - October 5, 2009) - VHA Inc., a national health care network, has hired Gene L. O'Hara, FACHE, as vice president of market management and business development for its Mountain States regional office. In this role, O'Hara will provide overall support and implementation for VHA strategies and assist in developing new member services for the region.

Possessing almost three decades of health care administration and leadership experience, O'Hara was recently chief executive officer of Banner Health's North Colorado Medical Center, Greeley, Colo.

Within the Providence Health and Services System, he served as the chief executive officer at Providence Alaska Medical Center and chief operating officer at Providence Health-Alaska Region, Anchorage, Alaska. He was also the chief operating officer at St. Patrick Hospital, Missoula, Mont. Earlier, O'Hara was vice president of the Billings Clinic, Billings, Mont.

"I hope to utilize my years of experience as a hospital CEO to increase the level of support that we in VHA provide to our member hospitals as they seek to optimize the quality and efficiency of their organizations," commented O'Hara.

O'Hara earned a bachelor's degree in Pharmacy at the University of Montana, a doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific and a master's degree in Health Care Administration from the University of Colorado. Prior to launching his career in health care administration, he was on the faculty of the Purdue University School of Pharmacy.

VHA Mountain States, based in Denver, Colo., serves more than 73 VHA member hospitals throughout Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

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. Formed in 1977, VHA serves more than 1,400 hospitals and more than 24,000 non-acute care providers nationwide.

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