SOURCE: VHA Inc.

May 23, 2007 11:04 ET

VHA Inc. Honors 312 Hospitals for Clinical Excellence, Operational Excellence, Supply Chain Management Improvement and Community Benefit

IRVING, TX -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 23, 2007 -- VHA Inc., the national health care alliance, recognized 312 hospitals nationwide for superior achievements in clinical performance, operational excellence, supply chain management improvement and community benefit.

The health care organizations were honored at VHA's 24th Annual Leadership Conference, held this week in Denver. For 15 years, VHA has given Leadership Awards to members to recognize how they've worked with VHA to improve their performance. Of the 312 award winners, 21 VHA member hospitals won awards in two or more of the four major categories (the clinical award had seven subcategories and some clinical winners won in multiple subcategories):

Billings Clinic                        Billings, Mont.
VHA Leadership Award for Clinical Excellence
VHA Leadership Award for Operational Excellence

Bronson Healthcare Group               Kalamazoo, Mich.
VHA Leadership Award for Clinical Excellence
VHA Leadership Award for Operational Excellence

Deaconess Hospital                     Evansville, Ind.
VHA Leadership Award for Clinical Excellence
VHA Leadership Award for Supply Chain Management Improvement

Exempla Healthcare                     Denver
VHA Leadership Award for Clinical Excellence
VHA Leadership Award for Supply Chain Management Improvement

Kootenai Medical Center                Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
VHA Leadership Award for Clinical Excellence
VHA Leadership Award for Operational Excellence

Martha Jefferson Hospital              Charlottesville, Va.
VHA Leadership Award for Clinical Excellence
VHA Leadership Award for Operational Excellence

Mayo Clinic                            Rochester, Minn.
VHA Leadership Award for Clinical Excellence
VHA Leadership Award for Operational Excellence

Medcenter One Health Systems           Bismarck, N.D.
VHA Leadership Award for Clinical Excellence
VHA Leadership Award for Supply Chain Management Improvement

Memorial Hermann Healthcare System     Houston
VHA Leadership Award for Clinical Excellence
VHA Leadership Award for Community Benefit

Memorial Medical Center                Springfield, Ill.
VHA Leadership Award for Clinical Excellence
VHA Leadership Award for Operational Excellence
VHA Leadership Award for Supply Chain Management Improvement

North Mississippi Medical Center       Tupelo, Miss.
VHA Leadership Award for Clinical Excellence
VHA Leadership Award for Operational Excellence

Oakwood Healthcare                     Dearborn, Mich.
VHA Leadership Award for Clinical Excellence
VHA Leadership Award for Community Benefit

PinnacleHealth System                  Harrisburg, Pa.
VHA Leadership Award for Clinical Excellence
VHA Leadership Award for Operational Excellence

Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital   Whittier, Calif.
VHA Leadership Award for Clinical Excellence
VHA Leadership Award for Community Benefit

Schneck Medical Center                 Seymour, Ind.
VHA Leadership Award for Clinical Excellence
VHA Leadership Award for Operational Excellence

Southern Illinois Hospital Services    Carbondale, Ill.
VHA Leadership Award for Clinical Excellence
VHA Leadership Award for Operational Excellence

Southern New Hampshire Health System   Nashua, N.H.
VHA Leadership Award for Clinical Excellence
VHA Leadership Award for Operational Excellence

Southwestern Vermont Medical Center    Bennington, Vt.
VHA Leadership Award for Clinical Excellence
VHA Leadership Award for Operational Excellence

St. Luke's Regional Medical Center     Boise, Idaho
VHA Leadership Award for Clinical Excellence
VHA Leadership Award for Operational Excellence

St. Tammany Parish Hospital            Covington, La.
VHA Leadership Award for Clinical Excellence
VHA Leadership Award for Supply Chain Management Improvement

University Community Hospital          Tampa, Fla.
VHA Leadership Award for Clinical Excellence
VHA Leadership Award for Supply Chain Management Improvement
For a complete list of award winners, by state, go to www.vha.com.

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 17 offices across the U.S., VHA has a track record of proven results in serving more than 2,400 health care organizations nationwide.

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