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January 2013

Update on the Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network

Vanderbilt and its affiliates have been busy over the past year and a half.

Starting in 2011 Vanderbilt entered into affiliation agreements with NorthCrest Medical Center, Williamson Medical Center and Maury Regional Medical Center. In May of 2012, each affiliate entered into a “tier-one” relationship with Vanderbilt enabling employees to have services done at tier-one benefit levels.

In the fall of 2012, Vanderbilt and affiliate employees were offered the Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network benefit plan supported by Aetna. Each of these accomplishments represents the collaborative spirit of the newly formed Affiliate Network.

This year will no doubt be just as active. A newly formed Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network (VHAN) management team and board of directors are focused on aligning the network of providers with the needs of the affiliates and employers in the community.

The board, chaired by C. Wright Pinson, MBA, M.D., deputy vice chancellor for Health Affairs and CEO of the Vanderbilt Health System, has administrative and clinical representation from each of the affiliate organizations. One of the key focuses for 2013 is expanding the provider network to deliver high quality, cost effective care to communities in Tennessee and beyond.

“Through strong collaboration with our affiliates, VHAN is creating a unique network of hospitals, clinicians and community practitioners with an unmatched depth, breadth and quality of services for employers,” said Mark Cianciolo, MPA/HSA, executive director of VHAN.

“Work is already under way to broaden the VHAN network to the east and west with our newest two affiliates, Cookeville Regional Medical Center and West Tennessee Healthcare. 2013 will be an exciting year. Leaders within the affiliate hospitals, community practices and employers alike look forward to continued collaboration as the VHAN network continues to grow.”

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