May 16, 2011 08:00 ET

VHA Inc. Recognizes Eight Health Care Organizations With Supply Chain Management Excellence Awards

IRVING, TX--(Marketwire - May 16, 2011) - VHA Inc., a national healthcare network, has recognized eight health care organizations for their work to improve operational efficiency and cut costs from the supply chain while maintaining quality patient care. The winners of the 2011 VHA Leadership Award for Supply Chain Management Excellence were announced at VHA's Annual Leadership Conference in San Diego.

The 2011 winners are:

  • WakeMed, Raleigh, NC
  • Community Hospital, McCook, NE
  • Providence Health & Services, Portland, OR
  • CoxHealth, Springfield, MO
  • Covenant Health, Knoxville, TN
  • St. Luke's Health System, Boise, ID
  • The Chester County Hospital Foundation Inc., West Chester, PA
  • The Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

VHA serves more than 1,350 not-for-profit hospitals and more than 30,000 non-acute health care providers nationwide. The VHA 2011 Leadership Award for Supply Chain Management Excellence is given to member organizations that demonstrate high levels of performance in at least one of four areas:

  • Sourcing and resource management
  • Distribution, logistics and inventory management
  • Supply chain innovation and creativity
  • Supplier diversity

"By prioritizing supply chain excellence, these health care organizations are maximizing their resources, which is increasingly important in light of ongoing industry economic pressures," said Scott Downing, executive vice president at VHA. "These award winners are setting the right example for other hospitals in learning how to do more with less while maintaining high-quality care."

In recognizing these award winning institutions, VHA hopes other hospitals and health systems will apply leading practices to improve operational and supply chain performance and drive efficiencies that can lead to better care for patients.

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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. In 2010, VHA delivered record savings and value of $1.7 billion to members. Formed in 1977, VHA serves nearly 1,350 not-for-profit hospitals and more than 30,000 non-acute care providers nationwide, coordinating delivery of its programs and services through its 16 regional offices. VHA has been listed as one of the best places to work in health care by Modern Healthcare since 2008 and one of the best places to work in IT by Computer World since 2007.

NOTE: Two hospitals within Covenant Health were also recognized with VHA Clinical Excellence Awards. Mayo Clinic won a VHA Leadership Award for Supply Chain Excellence Awards in two categories: Suppler Diversity and for Innovation and Creativity; two hospitals in the Mayo system also won VHA Leadership Awards for Clinical Excellence; and the system won a VHA Leadership Award for its focus on Sustainability. Providence Health & Services was also recognized for its efforts to improve environmental impact with a VHA Leadership Award for Sustainability.

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