President's Welcome

    Welcome to the website of the Central Virginia Healthcare Executives Group (CVHEG), the Central and Western Region of Virginia's local chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). It is our goal to support both established and emerging healthcare executives in advancing their careers, while helping close the gaps in diversity and inclusion. CVHEG is your local touchpoint where we provide you with networking, educational programs and volunteer leadership opportunities close to home. Our mission is to serve our members at all levels of their careers to include leadership development, mentoring/coaching and advancing to Board Certification as a Fellow of ACHE along with other opportunities to give back to the profession, networking with peers, and providing up-to-date educational programs that impact your organization.

    As your 2019 Acting Chapter President, I encourage you to become engaged and take advantage of the many benefits of membership in your local Chapter. Whether you participate in educational programming, serve as an event panelist, serve on a Chapter committee or mentor an Early Careerist, your involvment strengthens the Chapter and the profession of healthcare administration within our state.

    As healthcare leaders, we are committed to life-long learning, embracing the power of knowledge and how it drives positive change, within oneself and one's organization. It is our duty to learn and seek out best practices, new innovations and share these across various health sectors. This is the greatest value that CVHEG and ACHE provides and the value that I want to extend to you. We will offer access to local and regional educational events and speakers that address the operational concerns that you have. Our speakers will arm you with 2-3 takeaways that you can take back to your teams and implement within your organization. Through networking and strategic partnerships, you will be able to develop relationships with leaders across the region.

    Please visit the website frequently for updates on upcoming events, to register for events, to locate your colleagues or to access important ACHE resources. 


    Thank you,

    John W. Sharpe, MSPT, MBA, FACHE

    About CVHEG

    Central Virginia is rich with healthcare organizations. The Central Virginia Healthcare Executives Group (CVHEG) seeks to promote the professions of the individuals that lead and help to shape the future of those organizations. Working in collaboration with local healthcare administration programs and professional associations, CVHEG is able to provide opportunities to:

    • Stay current with local healthcare issues

    • Gain educational hours for ACHE and other professional organizations

    • Interact with healthcare colleagues outside of your organization

    • Gain recognition from your colleagues for your efforts in the healthcare community

    CVHEG is an organization that can help you solidify the next step in your upwardly mobile career. It has two distinct purposes: networking and education. Nothing can be more valuable to a career than establishing, and maintaining, professional and social contacts.

    At CVHEG, you’ll have the opportunity to cultivate relationships with diverse healthcare professionals within your very special industry, including CEOs, administrators from hospitals and other healthcare entities, physician and other clinical leaders, and consultants. Regardless of your role, membership in CVHEG can help you build upon your desire to stay on top of your profession. There are also ample volunteer opportunities for members who would like to get more involved in program development, membership recruitment and retention, or chapter administration.

    Equally important as the networking is the education component of CVHEG, which allows you to access the much sought after ACHE Face-to-Face Education credits. Some of our co-sponsored programs also offer other types of continuing education credits.

    Best of all, CVHEG gives you the changes to take a leadership role and to help shape the on-going direction of the group and the industry. What better way to get involved, enjoy the respect of your colleagues, and add a valuable segment to your resume!


    Message from Your ACHE Regent – Winter 2019

    Greetings everyone. Both of our Central Virginia Chapters, the Central Virginia Healthcare Executives Group (CVHEG) and the Healthcare Administrators of Tidewater (HCAT), have newly constituted Boards that are conducting strategic planning sessions in January, 2019 to develop plans for the year. There will be more information forthcoming in the Chapter Newsletters.

    Registration is still open for the ACHE 2019 Congress on Healthcare Leadership to be held on March 4-7, 2019 in Chicago, IL. Please see the ACHE website,, for registration and lodging information.

    As we have done in the past, we will be holding some ACHE activities in conjunction with the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association (VHHA) Annual Meeting in Williamsburg, VA. The VHHA and the local ACHE Chapters are collaborating again on the program for Friday morning, April 12, 2019, and the ACHE Award’s Luncheon will be at noon. We have invited an ACHE national speaker to provide an update on ACHE activities, and we will also present Regent’s Awards to some very deserving individuals in our region. Please save the date!

    I hope to see you all at an upcoming Chapter event or at Congress in March. If there is anything we can do to help make your ACHE membership more enriching, please do not hesitate to let us know!




    John P. Harding, FACHE 
    Regent for Virginia - Central 
    Chief Operating Officer 
    Children's Health System

    2019 ACHE Congress Scholarship

    Congress Scholarship Guidelines and Application

    Upcoming Events

    Roanoke Valley BOG Study Group

    Women in Healthcare Leadership - A Multi-generational Discussion

    Family Night Out - Richmond Flying Squirrels Game

    2018 Award for Merit Performance

    CVHEG has won the 2018 ACHE Award of Chapter Merit for its Level of Member Satisfaction!