May 16, 2011 08:00 ET

VHA Inc. Recognizes Two Health Systems for Efforts to Respond to Community Needs

IRVING, TX--(Marketwire - May 16, 2011) - VHA Inc., the national health care network, has recognized St. Louis-based BJC Healthcare and NorthShore University HealthSystem, Evanston, IL, for work in extending their caring missions into the communities they serve. The two organizations were presented this week with 2011 VHA Leadership Awards for Community Benefit Excellence at VHA's Annual Leadership Conference in San Diego.

"Not-for-profit hospitals across the nation do an excellent job of providing high-quality care for their patients, but it takes creativity and resourcefulness to adapt to an ever-growing list of health needs that exist in many communities," said Michael Regier, senior vice president of legal and corporate affairs and general counsel at VHA. "Community-owned not-for-profit hospitals and health systems play a critical role in assuring that the most vulnerable in their communities have access to health care. While all VHA members have missions centered around this purpose, we believe BJC Healthcare and NorthShore University Health System are doing outstanding work and we are pleased to recognize them for it."

Providing for the unique health needs of their communities is the hallmark of not-for-profit hospitals. VHA serves more than 1,350 not-for-profit hospitals and more than 30,000 non-acute health care organizations nationwide. The VHA Leadership Award for Community Benefit recognizes organizations for their focus and commitment to provide quality care that benefits their communities and for effective strategies used to tell their stories.

By recognizing these award-winning institutions, VHA hopes other not-for-profit hospitals and health systems will apply these leading practices to increase their community impact and improve and expand upon their existing community benefit programs.

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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.

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