President’s Update | June 2023

July 25, 2023

What an incredible journey it has been to be a part of HCAT these past few months! We’ve been hard at work, and the results are simply outstanding. The Board has been busy enhancing our offerings and paving the way for exciting projects and opportunities that lie ahead.

Let’s take a look at what we accomplished during the second quarter:

  1. Energizing Events: We hosted not one, but two volunteer events, two fantastic networking gatherings, and two enlightening education programs. These events brought us together, fostering valuable connections and knowledge sharing.
  2. Powerhouse Partnership: We are thrilled to announce our partnership with VHHA. This collaboration will open doors to even more resources and expertise for our members, propelling us towards success.
  3. Celebrating Excellence: It’s time to raise a toast to six exceptional members who have achieved the prestigious ACHE Fellow status. Their remarkable accomplishments inspire us all and serve as a testament to the caliber of professionals in our association.
  4. New Board Members: We warmly welcome three outstanding individuals to our esteemed Board. Their diverse skills and expertise will undoubtedly contribute to our collective growth and progress.
  5. Bridging the Gap: In an effort to expand our reach, we’ve initiated connections with local universities. These partnerships will enable us to tap into fresh talent, exchange ideas, and foster a vibrant healthcare community.
  6. A Brand New Look: Our creative minds have been at work, crafting stunning collateral and marketing materials. These eye-catching resources will help us showcase the value of HCAT and attract even more professionals to our cause.
  7. Effective Communication: We’ve developed a comprehensive communication plan that will be executed as a sustained practice in Q3. This ensures that we stay connected, informed, and engaged, amplifying the impact of our collective efforts.

Now, it’s time to delve into the exciting updates from our dedicated Board members and fellow HCAT members. Take a moment to see what they’ve been up to! Stay tuned for more incredible initiatives as we continue to shape the future of HCAT together.

HCAT Volunteers at Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve

On May 27th HCAT held a volunteer event at Hoffler Creak Wildlife Preserve where we planted approximately 100 plants in the welcome area for the organization and made quite a difference to the landscaping. Hoffler Creek was gracious for our support and welcomed us back any time!

HCAT Volunteers Support the Greater Hampton Roads Diaper Bank

On April 16th HCAT came together to help the diaper bank, packing over 7,000 diapers and actually setting a record for time and volume! The diapers were distributed to all of the partner organizations through the community!

47 HCAT members attended our virtual educational event on June 8th on the Culture of Safety!
THANK YOU to our panelists:
Mary Morin, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Vice President, Sentara Healthcare
Steve Kreiser, MBA, Partner, Strategic Consulting Press Ganey
Matthew Haldeman, MD, United States Navy
Ashley Fuster, LT, United States Public Health Service

To learn more about upcoming events, stay connected to HCAT through our Website and on LinkedIn

HCAT is excited to be partnering with the VHHA for their yearly Fall conference, held this year in Roanoke, VA. HCAT and CVHEG are co-sponsoring an ACHE segment during the conference, where our Regent, Joanne Inman will be presenting District 2 leadership awards, and the Chair of ACHE, Delvecchio Finely, will be giving a presentation on the state of ACHE.

We’d love to see many of our own HCAT members at the VHHA Fall Conference, “Aim for the Stars.”

We are Looking for University Partnerships!

A message from Cherelle Ridley, Membership Chair: As part of our initiative to increase membership and engagement, we are reaching out to local universities to discuss ways we can partner to not only grow HCAT but to discuss how we can be a resource for their students, faculty, and alumni. We believe this relationship can be mutually beneficial, and we look forward to a potential partnership. If you have connections in the Healthcare Administration, Healthcare Management and /or Public Health programs at any of the surrounding universities, please contact me at

Welcome Back to the Board: Charity Anderson

Charity Anderson | Appointed as HCAT, President-Elect, April 2023
As an accomplished improvement leader with a track record of success in driving operational excellence across diverse industries, Charity brings a strategic mindset and a wealth of expertise in project and program management, lean and six sigma methodologies, and value optimization to the table. Her career has spanned both the life sciences manufacturing and hospital & healthcare sectors, where she has gained invaluable experience leading high-performing teams and delivering measurable results. 

Congratulations are in Order!!

We’ve had six 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!
 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

Member Spotlight: Andy Spicknall | President, Harbour View Hospital, Bon Secours Hampton Roads

Andy Spicknall was named the first president of Bon Secours Harbour View Hospital effective June 5th. Andy is responsible for the overall operational success of Harbour View, including the existing Bon Secours Health Center at Harbour View campus and the campus’ upcoming addition of Harbour View Hospital, which is scheduled to open in 2025. Andy will oversee the facility’s continued buildout and launch and will be responsible for all financial and operational goals and maximizing opportunities for growth at Harbour View.

Andy joined ACHE as a student at VCU’s MHA program and has been a continuous member of ACHE since. “One of the exciting parts about being a leader in healthcare is the opportunity to continue learning” said Spicknall. “While we may all work at competing organizations, ACHE and HCAT allow us to collaborate and learn from each other to improve the lives of our community.”

Andy earned a master’s degree in health administration from Virginia Commonwealth University and his bachelor’s degree in business from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Andy serves the community on various boards, including the Harbour View Commerce Association. Previous to this role, Andy previously served as Vice President of Operations at Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center.

Advancement Highlight: Michael S. Oshiki

Congratulations to Dr. Oshiki for advancing to Fellow in Spring of 2023. Following seven years as a combat arms officer in the US Army, Dr. Michael S. Oshiki went on to receive his Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree from the Uniformed Services University and completed a residency in Family Medicine at DeWitt Army Community Hospital Fort Belvoir, VA, where he served as Chief Resident. During his 35-year Army career, Colonel (Dr.) Oshiki served as the commander (CEO) of William Beaumont Army Medical Center (an academic medical and trauma center in El Paso, TX), and Fox Army Health Center (a multidisciplinary outpatient health center in Huntsville, AL). He served in operational assignments as a command surgeon (Chief Medical Officer) from every level from battalion to corps in both conventional and special operations units. He also served in clinical assignments as a department chief at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, WA and McDonald Army Community Hospital in Newport News, VA. His final assignment prior to retirement was serving at the Pentagon as the Assistant Deputy Secretary of the Army for Health Affairs.

Throughout his career, Dr. Oshiki has strived to practice full-spectrum family medicine and be involved in teaching and research, most recently serving on the teaching faculty of the Madigan Army Medical Center Family Medicine Residency. An experienced physician executive, he is an active member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the American Association of Physician Leadership. In the spring of 2022, Dr. Oshiki retired from the Army and joined the Riverside Health System as the President of Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News, VA.

REQUEST: Please take the chapter member needs survey

Most of you probably received a survey request email titled “ACHE 2023 Chapter Member Needs Survey” last week – sent by Leslie Athey who is the Vice President of Strategy & Research for ACHE. Please take this survey – it’s extremely important to us as a Board to get accurate data on our member satisfaction scores and it’s a metric we track very closely. Our goal is to get as close to 5/5 on member satisfaction each year.

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

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