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 – Summer 2019

    Hello Everyone. I hope that you have had an enjoyable summer. It certainly seems to have flown by. I just wanted to take this opportunity to provide you with a few updates. 

    Both the Central Virginia Healthcare Executives Group (CVHEG) and Healthcare Administrators of Tidewater (HCAT) Chapters have hosted events this summer, and are busy planning for an action packed fall season of networking and educational events. I'd encourage you to check out the Chapter websites for more information. 

    I will be attending the ACHE Chapter Leaders Conference in Chicago next month, along with leaders from both Chapters. We hope to bring back new ideas about how to continue to enhance our Chapters to better serve your needs. 

    The members of the Regent's Advisory Council (RAC) and I will be visiting the Higher Education Network (HEN) schools this fall, as we do every year. We always use this opportunity to help students understand the value of ACHE as a partner for lifelong learning and networking. In the meantime, please encourage students to become active members in ACHE. I always enjoy connecting with and mentoring students, and hope you do as well. 

    Finally, just a reminder that my three year term as ACHE Regent for Virginia-Central will be expiring at the next ACHE Congress in March, 2020. ACHE has begun the election process for new Regents to serve on its Council of Regents. All Fellows who wish to run for election must submit a letter of intent to [email protected] by Aug. 23. If you would like to discuss the Regent role, please do not hesitate to contact me. 

    We appreciate your support of our profession and everything you do to improve health every day!




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

    2019 ACHE Congress Scholarship

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    Upcoming Events

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    2018 Award for Merit Performance

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