President’s Update | September 2023

January 24, 2024

Dear HCAT Members,

As we step into Q4 of 2023, it’s incredible to reflect on the fantastic year we’ve had as part of ACHE and HCAT. In this newsletter, we are excited to share:

  • Our recent achievements
  • Upcoming events
  • A new networking program
  • Member spotlights, and much more.

We’re committed to enhancing your experience and engagement with the chapter. Your feedback is vital to us, so please don’t hesitate to reach out with your questions and suggestions.

Now, lets delve into the exciting updates from our dedicated Board members and fellow HCAT members.  Stay tuned for more incredible initiatives as we continue to shape the future of HCAT together.

What Has HCAT Been Up to This Quarter?

Partnering with VHHA

HCAT had a strong showing at the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association’s Annual Conference in Roanoke. ACHE Regent, Joanne Inman introduced ACHE’s Chair of the Board, Delvecchio Finley, to give some remarks on the state of ACHE and the importance of continuing education and networking opportunities for healthcare administrators. Inman and Delvecchio also awarded local HCAT and CVHEG members for their accomplishments and service to the healthcare industry. HCAT’s very own Jace Brady received the “Early Careerist Award” and Chernelle Hill received the “Distinguished Service Award”. Thank you to all of those who were able to stop by our table and pick up some swag! We look forward to celebrating our members at future events.

ACHE Annual Chapter Leaders Conference

Our Regent, Joanne Inman and President Elect, Charity Anderson attended the annual ACHE Chapter Leaders conference in Chicago.

A highlight included special sessions focused on the “Top 5 Pressing Challenges and Solutions” facing chapters across the country. The sessions were based on chapter size and similar experiences and the opportunity to engage and connect with other chapter leaders while receiving peer-supported advice on our chapter’s most pressing operational issues.

In preparation, chapter presidents provided the chapter’s top 5 pressing issues. All responses were reviewed and the top 5 issues from all responses were used to guide the discussion.  This was a great opportunity for us to learn ways to improve our chapter and make our members’ experience even better

Morning Fuel – Networking Opportunity

We are so happy to announce the inauguration of our Morning Fuel program launched with our first session on October 5th! Morning Fuel is all about comradery, networking, and connection.

Come grab coffee casually with other HCAT members before work to network or catch up with colleagues. We will offer this program about once a month moving forward.

Keep an eye out on our website for details and the opportunity to register for future gatherings.

Member Highlights

Featured Fellow – Hope Hatfield

Hope Hatfield is the Administrative Fellow at Bon Secours. She is finishing her Master’s Degree in Health Administration from George Washington University and received her Bachelor’s degree in Public Health from the University of Alabama.
Within her first three months of her fellowship, she has gotten involved in many different projects involving strategic planning, DE&I, cost saving initiatives, and improving patient experience. Hope wants to go into operations in the hospital setting after her fellowship.

The fellowship at Bon Secours is made up of both shadowing experience and project work. I have shadowed in almost every department in the hospital and health system to get a better understanding of how it all works together to provide excellent patient care. I have gotten involved in many projects such as process improvement initiatives, facility improvement initiatives, expansion and growth, case management improvement, and more.

The Bon Secours Mercy Health Administrative Residency/Fellowship Program is a year-long individualized learning experience. Our program matches candidates based on their geographic preferences and career goals.

Outside of healthcare, you can find Hope on a long walk, watching Alabama football, or enjoying living near the ocean.

Fellow Feature – William Keyt

William Keyt is an Administrative Fellow at Sentara Health. In this role, William collaborates with leaders across Sentara to learn the intricacies of what it takes to run an integrated, multi-state health care delivery system. His fellowship consists of rotations in hospital operations, medical group management, health plans, and corporate functions. Sentara fellows complete project-based work while receiving leadership development, shadowing opportunities, and other work aligned to meet the business needs.

Keyt first started out his healthcare journey as a volunteer working in the emergency departments of Sentara Martha Jefferson and Sentara Obici Hospital. While in graduate school, Keyt worked as an administrative intern under the executive team at Sentara Obici. He then worked at the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association (VHHA) as a policy and program intern where he served on various teams such as advocacy, patient safety, quality, finance, and workforce development. During his time at VHHA, William was responsible for leading statewide efforts to improve patient and family experience.

William is a local of Hampton Roads and grew up in the City of Suffolk. He is a two-time graduate of the University of Virginia, where he completed both his undergraduate degree and Master of Public Health. He is on track to complete a Master of Health Administration degree from Virginia Commonwealth University this upcoming spring.  


We’ve had nine of our members advance to Fellow this year. Congratulations on achieving this prestigious credential – which is truly the gold standard for board certification in health management!

Lt. Ato Kwamena A. Anderson, FACHE
Lt. Harold O. Baring, FACHE
Jace P. Brady, FACHE
Robert C. Firestone, FACHE
James V. Griesi, Jr., FACHE
LT Herbie M. Medalla, FACHE
COL Vincent B. Myers, FACHE
Michael S. Oshiki, MD, FACHE
Lisa D. Shannon, JD, RN, FACHE

Upcoming Opportunities for
Education and Networking

October 19th – 3.0 Educational Event with CVHEG
Dinner Included!

Join us for a 3.0 credit in-person event in Williamsburg, VA! This event is being put on in collaboration with our CVHEG partners and is tailored towards Executive Leaders.

THURSDAY | October 19, 2023 | 3:30pm-8pm
Topic: Executive Leadership & Onboarding
Collaborative Event with the Central Virginia chapter (CVHEG). 
Location: Holiday Inn Williamsburg, 515 Bypass Rd., Williamsburg, VA 23185
3:30 – 4:30 Registration & Happy Hour
4:30 – 6:00 Topic 1
6:00 – 6:30 Dinner
6:30 – 8:00 Topic 2
  Instructions for Registration: Register by purchasing a ticket via Eventbrite only. When our programs team checks you in the day-of the event, we will submit your information to ACHE so that all attendees obtain their educational credits

As always, please reach out to me with any questions or concerns. Thanks for reading along!

Bailey K. Myers
Director of Operations, Mary Immaculate Hospital

The best way to stay up-to-date on what HCAT is doing is through email, our website, or our LinkedIn page. We’ve updated both our website and LinkedIn this year – please be sure to check both out!