President's Welcome

    Welcome to the website of the Central Virginia Healthcare Executives Group of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). We are here to serve healthcare executives in the Central and Western Region of Virginia. It is our goal to enhance the value of your ACHE membership by offering local opportunities for education, networking, volunteering and mentoring.

    As your 2018 Chapter President, I encourage you to be 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 involvement strengthens the Chapter and the profession of healthcare administration of our state.

    As leaders, we should never stop learning, we should always seek out best practices, and integrate across various healthcare 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 site frequently for updates on upcoming events, to register for events, to locate your colleagues or to access important ACHE resources.


    Thank you,

    Roberta Tinch, MHA, 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 – FALL 2018

    Greetings everyone. Both of our Central Virginia Chapters, the Central Virginia Healthcare Executives Group (CVHEG) and the Healthcare Administrators of Tidewater (HCAT) are rolling out the ballots for open Chapter Board positions in 2019. Please do your part by casting your vote. 

    If you are interested in further developing your role as a Chapter leader, participation is the best place to start. There are plenty of opportunities to serve on committees, grow into leadership roles on committees, and eventually serve on the Chapter Board. If you are interested in getting more involved, please let a member of Chapter leadership or me know, and we will help you find the right fit. 

    The Chapters are also hosting Holiday/end of year celebrations. Please check your emails for the particulars on these events. Thanks to all of you for a great year of membership networking and education. I would like to take this opportunity to formally thank the 2018 Chapter Presidents for their exceptional leadership, Roberta Tinch, FACHE (CVHEG) and Meredith Strand (HCAT). 

    Registration is now 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.

    Each Chapter is sponsoring some great "scholarships" to assist their members with their development goals: 

    • CVHEG Promotion: CVHEG is providing its Chapter members with the opportunity to earn a $500 scholarship to ACHE's 2019 Congress on Healthcare Leadership. Please see the CVHEG website,, for additional information. 

    • HCAT Promotion: The ACHE National promotion for fee waivers for Board of Governors Exam has expired, but HCAT would like to continue to support advancement for its Chapter members through the end of calendar year 2018. The first two HCAT chapter members who take and pass the ACHE Board of Governors Exam before the end of 2018 will receive reimbursement from HCAT to cover the $200 fee associated with the exam. If you have passed the exam and met all other requirements, please contact Lt Col Leigh M. Starr, FACHE, Chair of the HCAT Advancement Committee, at

    I hope to see you all at an upcoming Chapter event or at Congress in March. In the meantime, best wishes to all for a peaceful holiday season and New Year. 



    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

    2018 Award for Merit Performance

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