May 21, 2012 11:05 ET

VHA Recognizes Nine Health Care Organizations With Supply Chain Management Excellence Awards

IRVING, TX--(Marketwire - May 21, 2012) - VHA Inc., the national health care network, has recognized nine health care organizations for their work to improve operational efficiency and reduce costs from the supply chain while maintaining quality patient care. Winners of the 2012 VHA Leadership Award for Supply Chain Management Excellence Award were announced yesterday at VHA's Annual Leadership Conference in Denver, Colo. VHA serves more than 1,350 not-for-profit hospitals and more than 30,000 non-acute health care organizations nationwide.

The 2012 winners are:

  • Elkhart General Hospital, Elkhart, Ind.
  • Gundersen Lutheran Health System, La Crosse, Wis.
  • Lehigh Valley Health Network, Allentown, Pa.
  • Novant Health, Winston-Salem, N.C.
  • Union Hospital, Dover, Ohio
  • Washington Regional Medical Center, Fayetteville, Ark.
  • WellStar Paulding Hospital, Dallas, Ga.
  • Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, Dover, N.H.
  • Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, Conn.

The VHA 2012 Leadership Award for Supply Chain Management Excellence is given to member organizations that demonstrate high levels of performance in at least one of six areas:

  • Sourcing and resource management
  • Distribution, logistics and inventory management
  • Supply chain innovation and creativity
  • Supplier diversity
  • VHA PriceLYNX Physician Preference Item Index Improvement
  • VHA PriceLYNX Health Care Organization Index Improvement

"Hospitals must embrace an assortment of effective tools and processes that fully integrate the hospital's supply chain with all of its clinical, operational and financial processes," said Scott Downing, executive vice president, chief sales and marketing officer, VHA. "By maximizing their supply chain potential, these winning hospitals are better prepared to identify and implement innovative, sustainable supply chain savings that will enable them to reduce costs without compromising, and ultimately improving, quality."

In recognizing these award-winning institutions, VHA hopes that other hospitals and health systems nationwide 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 Inc.
Based in Irving, TX, VHA Inc. 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. Since 1977, VHA has leveraged its expertise in analytics, contracting, consulting and networks to help members achieve their operational, clinical and financial objectives. In 2011, VHA delivered record savings and value of $1.8 billion to members. VHA serves more than 1,350 hospitals and more than 30,000 non-acute care providers nationwide, coordinating delivery of its programs and services through its 15 regional offices. VHA has been ranked as one of the best places to work in healthcare by Modern Healthcare since the publication introduced this list in 2008.

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