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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).

BOSTON -- VFA, Inc., the leading provider of software and services for facilities asset management and capital planning, today announced that the University of Massachusetts Medical School has selected VFA's integrated Capital Planning and Management Solution (CPMS(TM)) to support its creation of multi-year capital plans and budgets. Ranked fourth in the nation for primary care from among 125 fully accredited medical schools by U.S. News & World Report, 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, to collect and manage information about its facilities and to forecast maintenance, renewal and capital spending 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 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) Annual Conference in Montreal, Quebec on Tuesday, June 20, 2006 from 3:15 - 4:15 pm. For more information, please visit http://www.vfa.com/aboutus/events.htm.

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 annually, 80 percent of which comes from federal funding sources. For more information visit www.umassmed.edu.

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 http://www.vfa.com.
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