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Unity Health System Receives VHA Leadership Award for Supply Chain Management Excellence

 VHA Inc., the national health care network, has awarded Unity Health System the 2013 VHA Leadership Award for Supply Chain Management Excellence. Unity was honored for improving the efficiency of its supply processes and reducing costs to help ensure delivery of quality patient care.

VHA is a national network of more than 1,350 not-for-profit hospital systems and 72,000 non-acute facilities that work together to achieve new levels of clinical performance and operational efficiency.

Unity Health System was one of 11 VHA member hospitals this year to receive a Leadership Award for Supply Chain Management Excellence.

The VHA Leadership Award for Supply Chain Management Excellence recognizes organizations that have implemented changes over the last 12 to 18 months to enhance their supply chain in one of two areas:


·        Sourcing and resource management processes – Criteria include product selection, contracting, procurement, standardization and utilization.

·        Distribution, logistics and inventory management – Criteria include impact on quality, service, outcomes and overall return on investment.

Unity was one of three organizations that were awarded for documenting the highest level of improvement during 2012 using VHA PriceLYNXTM, an industry-leading business intelligence platform that fuels cost reduction objectives with rich analytics, contract support and advisory services.

By recognizing institutions for their commitment and achievements, VHA hopes that other health systems will apply these leading practices in their own organizations to further enhance the overall level of quality in our nation’s health care system.

About Unity Health System

At Unity Health System you’ll find the friendliest and most compassionate people dedicated to providing the best possible health care experience. Key programs include our Joint Replacement Center, Family Birth Place, Spine Center, Diabetes Center, Stroke Center, Brain Injury & Physical Rehabilitation, and Chemical Dependency. Our Center for Aging has the area’s most comprehensive range of services for older adults which includes specialized care for dementia, a chronic ventilator unit, three skilled nursing facilities, assisted living, a short-stay transitional care center, home health services, adult day programs, and The Villages at Unity – an independent senior living community.  ACM Medical Laboratory is a world leader of patient and clinical trials testing, with locations in western New York, York, England, and India, and lab partnerships across the globe.   Our shared commitment to delivering health care the way it should be is reflected in our overall employee and patient satisfaction ratings and quality outcomes.  For more information, visit www.unityhealth.org.

About VHA
VHA Inc., based in Irving, Texas, 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 $1.9 billion to members. VHA serves more than 1,350 hospitals and more than 72,000 non-acute care providers nationwide, coordinating delivery of its programs and services through its 13 regional offices.
For more information, visit www.vha.com and follow us on Twitter (@VHAInc).