National Strength and Local Presence
Effective April 1, 2015, VHA, the national health care network of not-for-profit hospitals, and UHC, the alliance of the nation’s leading academic medical centers, combined to form the largest member-owned health care company in the country. The combined organization includes Novation, the health care services company we already jointly own.
The new entity is dedicated to leading health care innovation, creating knowledge and fostering collaboration to help our members thrive.
We plan to announce a new name in January 2016.
Together as one organization, we serve more than 5,200 health system members and affiliates as well as 118,000 non-acute health care customers. Members range from independent, community-based health care organizations to large, integrated systems and academic medical centers. Combined purchasing volume is more than $50 billion annually.
Headquarters are in Irving, Texas, with locations in Chicago and other cities across the United States – including 11 regional offices.
In addition, our enterprise includes these subsidiary operations:
- Provista – the enterprise’s supply chain company serving the non-acute care market, as well as the government, education and business sectors.
- aptitude® – the industry’s first online direct market for local contracting.
When you become a member or partner with us, you become part of a national network that connects you to thought leaders, advanced analytics and leading practices as well as to a dialogue with others experiencing and solving similar challenges to those you are facing.
VHA: A legacy of innovation
Since 1977 – when 30 hospital CEOs established VHA as the nation’s first membership organization for acute care providers – the company has applied knowledge in analytics, contracting, consulting and network development to help members achieve their strategic objectives. We introduced the concept of supply networks, drawing on the power of collaboration to achieve greater cost savings for health organizations. We pioneered comparative data analysis and exchange as well as the industry’s first committed contracting program and private label program — all of which continue to deliver exceptional value today.
In 2014, VHA delivered $2.3 billion in savings and additional value to members.
The hallmark of our innovation is the people whose knowledge and insights conceive them. Many of our industry-leading solutions are born from the long-term relationships our employees have with our members and the insights into marketplace needs that stem from their day-to-day, on-the-ground collaboration.
VHA places the highest value on ethical business practices. We advocate on behalf of community-based hospitals with key lawmakers, the Internal Revenue Service and other agencies. And we support the significant role that social responsibility and sustainability play as hospitals work to reduce waste, increase efficiencies and improve the quality of care in the communities they serve.