The supply-chain and provider-performance improvement company VHA, Irving, Texas, has hired Rick Barnett as senior vice president of its West Coast regional office, according to a news release.
Barnett was most recently president and CEO of Mercy Medical Center Redding (Calif.). In his new post, Barnett will provide guidance on supply-chain and performance improvement concerns for 90 VHA member hospitals in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.
VHA has also appointed John Thomas senior vice president of its newly formed Pacific Northwest region office. Thomas formerly led the VHA Pacific Network, which evolved into the Northwest region. He will provide guidance for 41 member hospitals in Alaska, Oregon and Washington.
According to VHA officials, the West Coast and Pacific Northwest regions will operate separately, but will collaborate on regional contracting, business development and other areas.