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VANGUARD HEALTH SYSTEMS ANNOUNCES SELECTION OF PRESIDENT-PHOENIX MARKET

11/9/2012 1:00:00 AM

Phoenix – Nov. 1, 2012 – Vanguard Health Systems, Inc. (NYSE: VHS) announced the recent appointment of Ken Howell as Corporate-Senior Vice President of Vanguard Health Systems and President of Abrazo Health Care, its Phoenix-based operations. The appointment of Howell signals a focus on culture and innovation to drive patient experience and growth for the Abrazo system.

With more than 25 years of management experience in the health care industry, Howell is a progressive leader poised to lead Abrazo Health Care in meeting the challenges of an ever-changing health care landscape. Most recently, Howell served as the Chief Development and Integration Officer of private equity-backed Adreima, a revenue cycle management services company, where he was charged with acquisition and integration activity as well as oversight of all financial functions.

Prior to his time at Adreima, Howell has served in executive leadership roles for three different organizations, including Abrazo Health Care, where he served as Chief Executive Officer for Phoenix Baptist Hospital (2008-2010) and Arizona Heart Hospital (2003-2007). In addition, he was the Dallas Market President for Hospital Partners of America; and, Regional Vice President for MedCath Corporation and HealthSouth Corporation, where he began his career.

“I am honored to re-join Abrazo Health Care,” said Howell. “I look forward to working with our physician partners, leadership teams and employees and expanding upon the exceptional care they provide in our communities every day.”

“I have every confidence that under Ken’s guidance, he and the entire Abrazo Health Care team will be able to deliver on our values, mission and vision while strongly positioning Abrazo Health Care for the future “ noted Kent Wallace, President and Chief Operating Officer, Vanguard Health System.

About Vanguard Health Systems
Vanguard owns and operates 28 acute care and specialty hospitals and complementary facilities and services in metropolitan Chicago, Illinois; metropolitan Detroit, Michigan; metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona; San Antonio, Texas; Harlingen and Brownsville, Texas; and Worcester and metropolitan Boston, Massachusetts. Vanguard’s strategy is to develop locally branded, comprehensive health care delivery networks in urban markets. The company’s website is www.vanguardhealth.com.

About Abrazo Health Care
As the second largest health care delivery system in Arizona, Abrazo Health Care is committed to providing excellent medical care to the residents of Maricopa County. The Abrazo system includes five acute care hospitals: Arrowhead Hospital, Maryvale Hospital, Paradise Valley Hospital, Phoenix Baptist Hospital and West Valley Hospital; and one specialized cardiovascular hospital, Arizona Heart Hospital; with a combined 1,027 licensed beds. In addition the system consists of two health plans: Phoenix Health Plan, and Abrazo Advantage, serving nine counties in the state; School-Based Health Centers; and Abrazo Medical Group with 70 employed physicians in 18 Valley locations. Visit www.abrazohealth.com for more information.

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