September 08, 2010 12:24 ET

VHA Names Hare to Lead Regional Office Covering Alabama and Florida

IRVING, TX--(Marketwire - September 8, 2010) -  VHA Inc., the national health care network, announced today that Cynthia Hare, vice president of performance improvement, is being promoted to senior vice president and executive officer over the VHA Southeast regional office, one of 16 VHA regional offices, effective Oct. 1, 2010. She will succeed Lee Lawrence, who will retire at year-end. Hare and Lawrence will collaborate to develop the leadership transition plan and develop a platform that allows VHA to continue to provide strategic support to its members in the region.

"Cynthia has directed VHA's efforts to engage and support members in clinical performance improvement activities for 20 years. As result of her leadership, VHA members in Alabama and Florida have been among the first hospitals in the nation to implement rapid response teams and clinical improvement projects, making a significant impact on patient care and serving as models for hospitals across the nation," said Byron Jobe, group senior vice president and chief financial officer at VHA. "Cynthia will continue to provide strong leadership for the region in her new role," said Jobe.

Prior to joining VHA Southeast in May 1990, Hare worked for eight years with Andersen Consulting, now Accenture, in Tampa, Fla., where she managed large-scale information system installations, consulted on health care strategy planning, and managed the national installation of VHA's clinical financial decision support system, gaining early insight into how VHA could help hospitals improve their decision making.

Hare earned her bachelor of science degree in biochemistry from Queens College in Charlotte, N.C., and her master's degree in business administration from Florida State University in Tallahassee. While completing her undergraduate and graduate work, she worked as a medical technician at various hospitals.

Based in Tampa, Fla., VHA Southeast serves approximately 90 hospitals in Alabama and Florida.

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 2009, VHA delivered record savings and value of $1.47 billion to members. Formed in 1977, through its 16 regional offices, VHA serves 1,400 hospitals and more than 30,000 non-acute care providers nationwide. VHA was ranked by Modern Healthcare as the 7th best place to work in health care in 2009.

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