West Tennessee Healthcare Announces It Has Joined Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network

Posted on: 11.20.2013

West Tennessee Healthcare has joined the Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network, the largest provider-organized network of doctors, regional health systems and other health care providers in Tennessee and surrounding states.

Known as VHAN for short, the network includes more than 3,000 physicians in more than 350 practice locations who actively collaborate to provide patients with high-quality, efficiently coordinated and cost-effective health care services.

“We recognize that payers and employers expect the health care delivery system to continue to provide quality care with increased emphasis on efficiency and effectiveness,” said Bobby Arnold, West Tennessee Healthcare President and CEO. “We believe that our affiliation with the Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network will allow us to lead the way and most effectively meet our community’s changing health care needs,” he continued.

VHAN’s mission is to lead the needed transformation of the health care system nationally while meeting the health care needs of local communities. As the health care system moves toward a population-based model of care, VHAN puts the leadership of care coordination in the hands of health care providers, working closely with employers and insurance companies.

“In these times of abrupt change and consolidation in health care, there is a need for innovation and Vanderbilt and its affiliate hospitals and clinicians are taking on the responsibility to lead that change,” said Mark Cianciolo, executive director of VHAN.

Benefits of the network include:

  • Providers working together to deliver the right outcomes-based care at the right location;
  • Physicians with access to critical information from all clinical interactions to better treat patients;
  • Providers with access to leading-edge capabilities while providing quality care in the most appropriate setting.

In addition to keeping employees healthy and productive, VHAN aims to reduce employers’ costs for health care by creating new, more efficient care models and reducing variation in practice. For instance, a recent pilot project between VHAN and Cumberland Pediatric Alliance (CPA) improved coordination of care and saved more than 9 percent of expected cost of health care services for children in Vanderbilt University’s employee health plan.

VHAN includes a rapidly growing number of like-minded regional health systems and other providers covering each of the Grand Divisions of Tennessee. These include Vanderbilt University Health System, Williamson Medical Center, Maury Regional Medical Center, NorthCrest Medical Center, and Cookeville Regional Medical Center in Middle Tennessee; Mountain States Health Alliance in East Tennessee; and West Tennessee Healthcare in West Tennessee.

Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network is the largest provider-organized network of doctors, regional health systems and other health care providers in Tennessee and surrounding states. Its providers actively collaborate to provide patients with high-quality, efficiently coordinated and cost-effective health care services.