Curt Nonomaque, executive vice president of VHA, will take over as president and CEO May 1, succeeding Tom Smith, who is retiring after 12 years with the cooperative of more than 2,200 not-for-profit organizations. Nonomaque, 45, will be the first nonhospital executive in VHA's 26-year history to lead the cooperative on a permanent basis. "The consensus was that VHA needs a leader who can aggressively and creatively focus VHA on its core agenda of helping healthcare organizations improve both operationally and clinically, while simultaneously maximizing annual returns," VHA officials said in a written statement. Nonomaque joined VHA in 1986 as a financial analyst and was named executive vice president in 1996. He played key roles in the development of numerous initiatives, including the growth of Novation and its e-commerce partner, Neoforma. The search to replace Smith began last October. Following a nationwide search, Nonomaque was selected from a field of 20 potential candidates including physician executives, hospital CEOs and leaders from VHA business partners. -- by Cinda Becker
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