SOURCE: VHA

May 02, 2008 13:14 ET

VHA Inc. Introduces Corporate Citizenship & Sustainability Scorecard

IRVING, TX--(Marketwire - May 2, 2008) - VHA Inc., the national health care alliance, today released its first Corporate Citizenship & Sustainability Scorecard. This new tracking tool moves beyond traditional financial reporting to discuss VHA's progress in other focus areas also core to its business: dedication to workplace, operational transparency, community engagement and sustainability.

The CC&S Scorecard, which covers VHA and its subsidiaries Novation and Provista, brings VHA's public accountability to a new level of transparency. The report is a key component of a larger Corporate Citizenship & Sustainability program that is focused on ways community commitment and environmental stewardship can help VHA and its members.

"VHA's corporate citizenship and sustainability scorecard takes us beyond the financials, which only tell one part of our story," said Curt Nonomaque, VHA's president and chief executive officer. "The VHA family of companies has long operated with a strong commitment to community, and now we see how this can lead to better performance. So we are pushing to further strengthen our community development and environmental stewardship."

The first CC&S Scorecard establishes benchmarks in four key areas that VHA will use to track its progress annually. These areas are:

--  Workplace: VHA is creating working environments conducive to
    education, diversity, networking and promoting best environmental
    practices. One step toward achieving these goals is diversity leadership
    training provided to all employees regardless of level or location. Between
    2006 and 2007, more than 1,300 employees received diversity training during
    49 sessions.
    
--  Operational Transparency: VHA is working to enhance public trust by
    becoming more transparent about organizational processes, progress and
    setbacks. To that, VHA seeks regular feedback from members to monitor its
    ability to meet customer expectations.  In 2007, the overall members'
    satisfaction score was 82 out of 100, one point more than the previous
    year.
    
--  Community Engagement: The company is encouraging volunteerism and
    donating resources and time to programs that address community-based health
    care problems and environmental sustainability. VHA's annual Community Day
    and other volunteering opportunities have resulted in 28,000 employee
    volunteer hours and have raised nearly $212,000 for local charities.
    
--  Sustainability: VHA is developing a sustainable model for its family
    of companies.  VHA has expanded its internal recycling program and held a
    company-wide Earth Day event, during which nearly half of its employees
    pledged to make positive "green" changes in their work and home lives. The
    internal sustainability learning will be applied to support an increasing
    number of member inquiries on good environmental practices.
    

The CC&S Scorecard is available online at https://www.vha.com/portal/server.pt?open=512&objID=856&PageID=0&cached=true&mode=2&userID=2.

About VHA Inc.

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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