March 04, 2008 15:14 ET

VHA Recognizes Companies for Outstanding Service at Annual Supplier Meeting

IRVING, TX--(Marketwire - March 4, 2008) - VHA Inc., the national health care alliance, has recognized seven suppliers with Supplier Excellence Awards. These awards were given to suppliers for outstanding service to VHA member hospitals and non-acute care providers. The winning suppliers were recognized at VHA's annual Supplier Conference, held Feb. 13 & 14 in Phoenix. The 2007 Supplier Excellence winners are:

--  VHA Member Satisfaction Growth Award - Ponder & Company
      -  Ponder provides members with capital planning financial advisory
         services focused on the healthcare vertical market.
      -  Achieved the largest year-over-year increase in their composite
         satisfaction score
--  VHA Member Participation Growth Award - GE Centricity
      -  GE Centricity offering includes: EMR, PACS, ORIS, Medication
         Management and other clinical software which help streamline
         clinical workflow
      -  Its member participation more than doubled between 2006 and 2007,
         growing 122 percent
--  VHA Compliance Award - Xerox Corporation
      -  Xerox is a world leading document management technology and
         services enterprise
      -  Reported sales on-time, 100 percent of the time, reflecting the
         dedication of the account team and enabling members to receive
         proper credit for their use of the contract
--  VHA Member Satisfaction Award - CDW
      -  CDW is a leading provider of a broad range of Information
         Technology products and services
      -  Achieved an outstanding Composite Satisfaction score, which
         reflects all of the hard work and dedication in support of VHA
--  VHA Sales Growth Award - AT&T Mobility
      -  AT&T Mobility is the largest provider of wireless services in
         the United States and provides both voice and data cellular
         services to our members
      -  Increased sales by 63 percent from 2006 to 2007.
--  Outstanding Distributor for VHA Non-Acute Members - Corporate Express
      -  Corporate Express is one of the world's largest
         business-to-business suppliers of essential office and computer
         products and services
      -  Recognized for having an outstanding year with a growth rate which
         was 40 percent higher than the previous period. Member usage
         increased by 162 percent
--  Outstanding Supplier for VHA Non-Acute Members - Ricoh
      -  Ricoh is a diversified office automation equipment and electronics
         provider with sales in excess of $3 billion annually
      -  Increased sales by 153 percent over the previous year and VHA
         member usage grew by more than 180 percent

VHA's mission is to help members improve their clinical and economic performance. As part of its work in the supply chain arena, VHA owns and operates Novation, a contracting services company that negotiates contracts for thousands of medical products, drugs, capital equipment and devices. Serving hospitals and non-acute providers, VHA focuses on the complete range of member purchasing needs. VHA members save money on medical products by purchasing them through Novation, and they save money on services by using VHA agreements for the most commonly used health care services, such as equipment maintenance, human resources functions and telecommunications. VHA has service agreements with more than 70 companies, and its members spend more than $2 billion annually through these agreements.

"It's important to recognize suppliers that provide exceptional service to VHA members," says Scott Downing, group senior vice president for VHA's supply chain services. "The organizations recognized this year follow a long list of award winners that provide the greatest support and commitment to helping VHA members achieve their supply chain goals."

NOTE: Ponder & Company, GE Centricity, Xerox Corporation, CDW and AT&T Mobility are VHA purchased services suppliers; Corporate Express is a Novation-contracted product provider; and Ricoh is a Novation supply distribution services provider.

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