President's Welcome

    Happy New Year and welcome to 2020!

    I am excited at the opportunity to be your Central Virginia Healthcare Executives Group (CVHEG), President and Immediate Past President for the next two years!

    In 2019, I served as President-elect for one month before serving as acting President. I want to thank John Harding, Regent, Virginia – Central, Will Maixner, served as CVHEG President in the past, Alice Meyer, Assistant Director, Programs and the other members of the CVHEG board for their guidance, wisdom and encouragement to serve as your acting President this past year.

    CVHEG continued to advance the knowledge of members throughout the Central Virginia Region. The Programs Committee’s leadership included initiatives that ensured 12 face to face credit opportunities that allowed members to maintain their current ACHE standing or advance to Fellow.

    As the new board comes together in January 2020 to look ahead, we will continue to offer at least 12 Face to Face Hours annually through the local chapter events. Our Programs Committee is committed to ensuring high quality panels and educational events. The CVHEG Board is committed to increasing our number of sponsorships to provide a cost benefit for our members and establish more local and regional partnerships with other healthcare organizations to co-host educational events.

    This year we have several members who wish to volunteer to serve on various committees or sub- committees as we plan to stand up additional services to meet the needs of our members. In addition, the Membership Committee continues to seek out your feedback for how we can continue to serve our community of ACHE members better each year.

    Over the next two years we will continue to advance our partnerships with Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Virginia, James Madison University and the CAHME accredited MHA programs in the Central Virginia area. We are also looking at ways to improve our coordination with local healthcare systems and leaders with a goal of increasing CVHEG Senior Healthcare Executives participation in local events throughout Central Virginia.

    We will continue to serve our members through the face to face and networking opportunities, while we improve on our coordination with other local chapters and co-hosting opportunities with other healthcare organizations to maximize participation.

    The next two years provide an opportunity to advance the mission of CVHEG to be the professional membership society for healthcare executives and to meet the needs of members’ professional, educational and leadership goals. As your President and Board, we will work hard to advance healthcare leadership and management excellence by continuing to meet your needs as our community in Central, Western and South Western Virginia.

    John W. Sharpe, MSPT, MBA, FACHE

    President, Central Virginia Healthcare Executives Group (CVHEG)

    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]

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