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VHA Recognizes Five Hospitals for Serving Community Health Needs  
Media Contact: Lynn Gentry, VHA, (972) 830-0798,  
Irving, TX 
May 18, 2009

VHA Inc., a national health care alliance, has recognized five hospitals for their efforts to provide health care that matches the needs of their communities with a 2009 VHA Leadership Award for Community Benefit Excellence.

The 2009 winners are:

  • Community Health Network, Indianapolis, Ind.
  • MeritCare Health System, Fargo, N.D.
  • Middlesex Hospital, Middletown, Conn.
  • ProHealth Care Inc., Waukesha, Wis.
  • University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, N.Y.

VHA serves more than 1,400 not-for-profit hospitals and more than 24,000 non-acute health care organizations nationwide.

"Hospitals across the nation do an excellent job of providing high-quality care for their patients, but there are still community needs that often go unmet through the regular course of care," said Linda DeWolf, president of the VHA Foundation. "This is where community-owned, not-for-profit hospitals make a difference. Their mission is to ensure that the most vulnerable in their communities have adequate health care, and these VHA members have done so."

Providing for the unique health needs of their communities is the hallmark of not-for-profit hospitals. The VHA Leadership Award for Community Benefit recognizes organizations for their focus and commitment to community benefit and the effective strategies they use to tell their community benefit story. The award focuses on three areas:

  • Demonstration of a comprehensive community benefit strategy;
  • Highlighting a �best of class� community benefit program; and
  • Providing an effective communications plan to tell the community benefit story.

VHA hopes that recognizing these award winning institutions will encourage other not-for-profit hospitals and health systems to increase their community impact by improving and expanding upon their existing community benefit programs.

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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 2013, VHA delivered $2.2 billion in savings and additional value to members. Serving 5,000 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 11 regional offices across the U.S. VHA, together with UHC, owns Novation, a supply chain company, and aptitude® , the health care industry's first online direct contracting market. VHA also owns Provista, a supply chain company serving the non-acute market as well as government, education and business. For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter (@VHAInc).

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