IRVING, Texas, April 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- VHA Inc., the national healthcare network, today announced the presentation of its 2014 Excellence Awards to 13 member hospitals for a variety of achievements related to improving supply chain performance over the course of 2013. The awards were presented on Sunday, April 27 during VHA's national Navigating to Excellence Forum, held in Las Vegas.
"Supply costs continue to represent the second highest expense for hospitals, not including labor, and they are always looking for new ways to manage expenses while continuing to provide exceptional patient care," said Scott Downing, VHA executive vice president, sales and marketing. "VHA's annual member conference, Navigating to Excellence Forum, brings health care delivery experts and leading health care systems together to share best practices and learn new strategies that improve performance in this key area of hospital operations."
VHA presented Excellence Awards in Supply Chain Management in eight categories. The winners were:
- Distribution, Logistics and Inventory Management
- Providence Health and Services in Renton, WA—two awards
- Providence Health and Services in Portland, OR
- Supplier Diversity
- Partners HealthCare System in Boston, MA
- Innovation and Creativity
- Parkview Health in Fort Wayne, IN
- Sourcing and Resource Management
- Allina Health in Minneapolis, MN
- Sanford Health in Sioux Falls, SD
- Yale New Haven Health System in New Haven, CT
- VHA PharmaLYNX Index Most Improved
- MedStar Health Inc. in Columbia, MD
- VHA PriceLYNX Health Care Organization Overall
- Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover, NH
- VHA PriceLYNX Lifetime Achievement
- Columbus Regional Hospital in Columbus, IN
- VHA PriceLYNX Physician Preference Items Index
- Freeman Health System in Joplin, MO
- Lakeland Healthcare in Saint Joseph, MI
- PinnacleHealth System in Harrisburg, PA
"This year's Excellence Award winners demonstrate how savvy supply chain departments are stepping up their value contribution to their organizations beyond traditional cost reduction. The results of their work are actually freeing up care giver time, improving clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction levels," said Downing . "By recognizing institutions for their commitment and achievements, VHA hopes that other health systems will apply these leading practices in their own organizations to help manage costs."
VHA's Navigating to Excellence Forum is being held April 27-29 and will offer more than 35 educational sessions hosted by thought-leaders from hospitals, healthcare systems and research and policy organizations from across the country as well as VHA subject matter experts.
VHA Inc. is a national network of not-for-profit health care organizations working together to improve performance and efficiency in clinical, financial and operational management. Since 1977, when VHA established the first hospital membership organization, the company has applied its knowledge in analytics, contracting, consulting and network development to help members and customers achieve their strategic objectives. In 2012, VHA delivered $1.9 billion in savings and additional value to members. Serving 5,100 health system members and affiliates, VHA represents more than a quarter of the nation's hospitals. VHA also serves more than 118,000 non-acute health care customers enterprise-wide. VHA is based in Irving, Texas, and has 12 regional offices across the U.S. VHA, together with UHC, owns Novation, a supply chain company, and its subsidiary aptitudeTM , the health care industry's first online direct market for contracting. VHA also owns Provista, a supply chain company serving the non-acute market as well as hospitality, education, corporate and government markets. For more information, visit www.vha.com and follow us on Twitter (@VHAInc).
SOURCE VHA Inc.