The VCA represents a lower cost, high-quality option for patients, employers and payers. With the favorable geographic distribution of our participating providers, patients will have easy access to both ambulatory and inpatient care. Collaborative efforts on computer technology will allow for the timely exchange of patient information that will improve outcomes and prevent duplication or over-utilization of health care services. Working together, member hospitals and affiliated physicians across the region will consistently apply best medical practices. Shared services will be designed to carve out costs among member organizations and add value for patients, employers and payers.