Recently Merged VHA Inc. and UHC Announce Leadership Appointments

New leadership team draws on deep experience from VHA, UHC and Novation




"I’m excited to announce a new leadership team that will provide focus and accountability across our integrated organization, and will drive consistent delivery of solutions to meet member needs"

IRVING, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The nation’s largest member-owned health care company, created by the merger of VHA Inc., the national health care network, and UHC, the alliance of the nation's leading not-for-profit academic medical centers, today announced the appointment of its new leadership team.

In April, VHA and UHC completed their merger and announced a Board of Directors – a mix of leaders from many of the country’s most prestigious academic medical centers, community health systems and independent directors. Since then, the newly combined organization has worked diligently to ensure a seamless and speedy integration of businesses and operations.

“I’m excited to announce a new leadership team that will provide focus and accountability across our integrated organization, and will drive consistent delivery of solutions to meet member needs,” said Curt Nonomaque, former president and CEO of VHA, now president and CEO of the combined organization. “Drawing on the depth of talent across the organization, our new leadership team has the vision and know-how to meet the current needs of our members while anticipating and building solutions to address future challenges.”

The new leadership team, reporting directly to the CEO, includes:

  • Jody Hatcher, President, Offering Delivery and Operations, leads the teams focused on effectively developing and delivering key offerings in networks, analytics, consulting, contracting and contracting-related subsidiaries
  • Byron Jobe, President, Strategic Growth, Marketing and Innovation, leads the teams focused on externally facing market strategies to enable growth and to provide an exceptional member experience
  • Colleen Risk, Executive Vice President, Research, Public Affairs and Human Resources, manages teams that include The Research Institute, public/governmental affairs, social responsibility and human resources
  • Chris Dunleavy, Area Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Finance, Accounting and Information Technology, leads the teams responsible for the management of financial resources and information assets
  • David Berry, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Legal and Enterprise Risk Management, leads the legal services team, as well as compliance and risk management

Other leadership team appointments include:

  • Pete Allen, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing, has accountability for relationship management, sales operations and marketing
  • Scott Downing, Executive Vice President, Collaboration and Performance Improvement Networks, leads the company’s robust forums and tools for members to learn and improve together – including the regional offices
  • Barbara Anason, Senior Vice President, Academic Medical Center Networks and Strategy, leads the networks focused on knowledge exchange, discovery and collaboration among academic medical centers, as well as internal planning processes

Irene Thompson, who led UHC prior to the merger, serves as vice chair of the UHC Board of Managers, the company’s Academic Medical Center Network. Scott Glasrud, who has been chief operating officer of UHC, will serve as special advisor to Byron Jobe and the leadership team through the integration process.

Key facts about the combined organization:

  • Serves more than 5,200 health system members and affiliates.
  • Provides services to nearly 30 percent of the nation’s hospitals, including virtually all the academic medical centers and health systems.
  • Serves more than 118,000 non-acute health care customers.
  • Includes more than $50 billion in purchasing volume, the largest in the industry.
  • Provides services to all of the top 10 hospitals on the US News and World Reports annual list of America’s Top Hospitals.
  • Delivers the industry’s most in-depth clinical data combined with the nation’s most robust supply chain data to address cost and quality.

The combined organization will continue to use existing market-facing brands until a new name is announced.

About the Combined Organization

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 into a single organization. The combined organization includes Novation, the health care services company they already jointly own. The new entity is the largest member-owned health care company in the country and is dedicated to leading health care innovation, creating knowledge and fostering collaboration to help our members thrive. The company serves 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, and it represents more than $50 billion in annual purchasing volume. Headquarters are in Irving, Texas, with locations in Chicago and other cities across the United States.


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David Matthews, 972-830-2901

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