VHCA Names New President

The Virginia Health Care Association (VHCA) Board of Directors announces the appointment of Keith Hare as its fifth President of the 62-year old Association.  Mr. Hare most recently served as Vice President of Government Relations for VHCA.  Prior to joining VHCA, Mr. Hare served as Deputy Secretary of Health & Human Resources for Governor Robert F. McDonnell.  He has also held positions at two of Virginia’s largest health care trade and professional associations and served as a Congressional aide in his hometown of Nashville, Tennessee. In 2013, Mr. Hare was recognized by “Our Health Magazine” as one of fifteen Richmond Health Care Leaders under forty.  He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and is currently pursuing his Masters of Public Administration at Virginia Tech.      

“Keith has the background and the demonstrated leadership to continue the growth and success VHCA has enjoyed and the vision to help lead the Association into a constantly changing future for long term care providers,” said David Abraham, Chairman of the VHCA Board of Directors.  Mr. Abraham added, “We have been fortunate for nineteen years to have had the strong leadership of Stephen Morrisette, who will retire on December 31, 2014.  We look forward to addressing new challenges under Keith Hare’s leadership.”

Mr. Hare commenting on his appointment said, “I am excited and honored to be selected by the VHCA Board of Directors to serve as President and CEO.  We have a tremendous staff and active membership that is focused on ensuring that all Virginians have access to quality long term care services.  I look forward to working together with our members, state and federal policymakers, health care provider groups and the business community to find innovative ways to further strengthen the Commonwealth’s long term care delivery system.”