June 10, 2010 16:24 ET

VHA Names Health Care Strategist Leslie Barden to Lead Regional Office in New York

IRVING, TX--(Marketwire - June 10, 2010) -  VHA Inc., the national health care network, announced the appointment of Leslie Barden as senior vice president/executive officer of its VHA Empire-Metro regional office in New York. The VHA Empire-Metro office coordinates and directs VHA efforts to serve 42 hospitals in New York and two hospitals in Connecticut, one hospital in New Jersey and two hospitals in Pennsylvania, all along the New York State border.

"Leslie's extensive background in health care strategic planning, payer relationships and building effective coalitions across health care systems will help her effectively serve the diversity of members that are part of our region," said Dan Bourque, group senior vice president at VHA.

Barden joins VHA from Methodist Health System in Dallas, where she was senior vice president, planning and marketing. She was responsible for strategic and annual planning, market research, marketing and business development. She launched Methodist McKinney Hospital, the system's first hospital-physician joint venture and developed and implemented the Dallas County Indigent Care Plan -- a partnership that involved all Dallas-based health systems and the Dallas County Medical Society's Project Access.

Barden's health care career spans more than 24 years, a large part of it with United Health Services, an integrated delivery system based in Binghamton, N.Y. Between 1992 and 2006, she served in several administrative positions, advancing to corporate vice president of planning and market research. Barden started her career at UHS, completing an administrative residency as part of her graduate degree in health administration from Xavier University, Cincinnati. From 1988 to 1992, Barden was director of planning and market research at The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, N.J.

VHA's Empire Metro region has two office locations, one in White Plains and the other in Syracuse. VHA staff in these offices direct efforts to help members drive supply chain efficiency and network to develop solutions to the clinical challenges they all face.

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. Formed in 1977, through its 16 regional offices, VHA serves more than 1,400 hospitals and more than 28,000 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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