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University of Massachusetts Medical School Selects VFA for System-Wide Facilities Capital Planning; One of Nation's Fastest Growing Academic Health Centers to Benefit from VFA's Integrated Capital Planning and Management Solution (CPMS).


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, Inc., the leading provider of software and services for facilities asset management and capital planning, today announced that the University of Massachusetts Medical School UMMS is ranked fourth in primary care education among the nation’s 125 medical schools in the 2006 U.S.News & World Report annual guide, “America’s Best Graduate Schools”. UMMS is also a major center for research.  has selected VFA's integrated Capital Planning and Management Solution (CPMS CPMS Centre Psycho-M├ędico-Social (Belgium)
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, UMass Medical School is one of the fastest growing academic health centers in the country and the state's only public medical school.

UMass Medical School is using VFA's solution, which combines facility condition assessments, capital planning software and business consulting services Noun 1. consulting service - service provided by a professional advisor (e.g., a lawyer or doctor or CPA etc.)
service - work done by one person or group that benefits another; "budget separately for goods and services"
, to collect and manage information about its facilities and to forecast maintenance, renewal and capital spending capital spending

Spending for long-term assets such as factories, equipment, machinery, and buildings that permits the production of more goods and services in future years.
 across the organization. VFA is currently assessing the condition of approximately 2 million square feet of educational and healthcare facilities at UMass Medical School. The organization will use VFA.facility(R) software to manage facility asset data, prioritize requirements, create capital projects and support the development of optimal long-term capital plans.

"Delivering on our mission to provide world-class health sciences education, research, public service and clinical care means maintaining world-class educational and medical facilities," said John Baker, Director of Facilities Management The management of a user's computer installation by an outside organization. All operations including systems, programming and the datacenter can be performed by the facilities management organization on the user's premises.  at UMass Medical School. "We followed a rigorous, objective and thoughtful evaluation process that resulted in the selection of VFA."

"UMass Medical School is one of the nation's preeminent institutions for medical research and education," said Chuck Hodian, Vice President, Healthcare at VFA. "The strategic management of its facilities is a key component in maintaining that preeminence and in delivering the highest quality of patient care and medical education."

Speakers from VFA and UMass Medical School will be presenting "Developing an Effective Capital Planning Strategy: A Case Study at the University of Massachusetts Medical School" at the upcoming Canadian Association of University Business Officers (CAUBO CAUBO Canadian Association of University Business Officers ) Annual Conference in Montreal, Quebec on Tuesday, June 20, 2006 from 3:15 - 4:15 pm. For more information, please visit

About the University of Massachusetts Medical School

The University of Massachusetts Medical School, one of the fastest growing academic health centers in the country, has built a reputation as a world-class research institution, consistently producing noteworthy advances in clinical and basic research. The Medical School attracts more than $174 million in research funding Research funding is a term generally covering any funding for scientific research, in the areas of both "hard" science and technology and social science. The term often connotes funding obtained through a competitive process, in which potential research projects are evaluated and  annually, 80 percent of which comes from federal funding sources. For more information visit

About VFA

Headquartered in Boston, VFA, Inc. is the leading provider of software and services for facilities management and capital planning. VFA provides powerful Web-based software and consulting services to nearly 300 organizations to strategically manage over two billion square feet of real estate. VFA's Capital Planning and Management Solution (CPMS(TM)) uniquely combines condition assessment services, Web-based decision support software and business consulting services to enable clients to achieve their missions by optimizing investments in facilities and infrastructure. VFA has a strong customer base in education, federal, state and local government, healthcare and corporate markets. For more information, please call 800-693-3132 or visit
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