VHA inks new membership deals

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Healthcare cooperative VHA Inc. and Temple University Health System (TUHS), of Philadelphia, have expanded their affiliation.

Estimating that its total annual purchasing volume through the VHA will reach nearly $80 million, TUHS says it will increase its acquisition of medical-surgical supplies, pharmaceuticals, capital equipment, food products, lab equipment and other supplies through Novation, VHA's supply company.

In 2002, Temple purchased more than $37 million through VHA, which the company says were mostly medical-surgical supplies.

In related news, VHA has selected Riverside Medical Center of Kankakee, Ill., to become a joint shareholder.

Riverside purchased more than $10 million in products and services through VHA and Novation in 2002. The healthcare center says it saved more than $680,000 on those purchases and realized almost $800,000 in total value through the cooperative, based on savings on supplies and services and cooperative distributions.

The addition of Riverside tallies VHA's membership to a total of 128 shareholder organizations and 346 partner organizations among its 2,200 member organizations.