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Ronald Rooney Named Chairman of the Board for VHA Region Covering Arkansas and Oklahoma

Shay Nanke February 10, 2011

Ronald K. Rooney, FACHE, president and chief executive officer of Arkansas Methodist Medical Center, Paragould, AR, has been named chairman of the board for VHA Inc.'s regional network covering Arkansas and Oklahoma. It is one of 16 regional networks sponsored by VHA, the national healthcare network that serves nearly 1,350 not-for-profit hospitals across the United States. VHA Arkansas/Oklahoma, with offices in Little Rock and Oklahoma City, serves as the hub for developing and delivering services that help 43 VHA member hospitals in both states to improve clinical and operational performance.

Serving as president and CEO of AMMC since 1988, Rooney's career in healthcare administration spans more than 40 years, which also includes senior leadership roles for hospitals in New York, Massachusetts, South Carolina, Oklahoma and Louisiana. He earned his undergraduate degree from Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY, as well as a masters degree in business and healthcare administration from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Rooney is also board certified in healthcare management by the American College of Healthcare Executives.

"Ron understands the benefits and wisdom of hospitals working together to leverage their combined resources to create advantages they couldn't create on their own," said, David J. Robertson, VHA Arkansas/Oklahoma senior vice president. "We are committed to helping our members overcome the challenges posed by today's healthcare environment, and that means working collaboratively to achieve the greater good. Ron embraces the priorities that hospitals wrestle with, which are to provide more and better care in an efficient and effective manner, and we look forward to working with him in his capacity as board chair."

In addition to serving as chairman of the VHA region, Rooney has also been named chairman of AROK Purchasing Coalition, a VHA Supply Network that helps VHA members in the region reduce supply costs by aggregating their medical supply and purchased services expenditures. The combined purchases of the coalition members represent in excess of $600 million annually. Since its inception in June 2008, AROK has documented more than $10 million in annualized savings from the special projects the members have completed. These savings were on top of the savings they normally achieve as members of VHA.

VHA Inc., based in Irving, TX, is a national network of not-for-profit healthcare 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. In 2009, VHA delivered record savings and value of $1.47 billion to members. Formed in 1977, through its 16 regional offices. VHA serves more than 1,400 hospitals and more than 28,000 non-acute care providers nationwide. VHA is listed on Best Places to Work 2010 by Modern Healthcare and Computer World.