Chapter History

The original Virginia HFMA Chapter charter date is listed as March 22, 1954, when HFMA was called the American Association of Hospital Accountants and Sister Mary Gerald was President. The charter members at that time were:

J. Edward Hall (Secretary) Patrick I. Fenlon
Robert E. Helsley (President) Robert H. Thomas
Thelma K. Erwin M. Roy Battista
Mabel R. Garber C. Haywood Chewning
Emily G. Morriss T. Latane Winfree
Nell Payne Boerner Robert D. Ham
Billy I. Ambrose (Mr.) C. J. Pappendreau (1957 President)
J. Gilbert Luce, Jr. George E. Hott (1958 President)
Walter W. Brooking (1956 President) Wilbert H. Gustafson
Eva S. Thompson (1956 Secretary) Joseph H. James, Jr.
Dorothy J. Hines

Many of these original members became officers of the Chapter in subsequent years as indicated by the dates next to their names. Many members have succeeded them as Chapter Presidents and officers. A list of Past Presidents, with the years they served, from then to the present is available by clicking the button below.

Originally called the Central Virginia Chapter, the chapter was renamed in 1957. In the same year, the Chapter reported that it held eight (typically all-day) meetings per year and that its bank balance was $121.25. In 1963, the Washington Metropolitan Chapter was formed, and the Virginia Chapter released the Northern Virginia area to this new chapter.

The Washington Metropolitan Chapter was merged into the Virginia Chapter in 2006.  In 2007, the Chapter became in incorporated as a not for profit organization in the State of Illinois.  In 2008 in celebration of the two year anniversary of the merger of the two chapters, the name of the Chapter was changed to VA DC HFMA.

The VA DC Chapter has evolved over the years into an award-winning chapter with a membership exceeding 800 and a Board of Directors consisting of four officers and six directors. It holds two three-day annual meeting conferences that are open to members and non-members. Multiple one day educational sessions, also open to members and non-members, are offered at different locations around the state.