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Joe Auricchio, CHFM

2018-2019 VSHE President

Joe Auricchio is the Assistant Director of Plant Operations at VCU Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia. Joe has spent over 20 years as a leader in the maintenance field. Since 2000, Joe has been in a leadership role in senior living and healthcare settings. Joe became a Certified Healthcare Facility Manager (CHFM) in 2009.

In 2013 and 2015, he was the co-winner of the Virginia Society of Healthcare Engineers (VSHE) Teamwork Award. He has published two facility management articles in the ‘ASHE Insider’ and ‘’. Joe is looked to as a leader to help resolve Joint Commission and facility compliance issues at VCUMC. Joe received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in October of 2014. In July 2015, Joe co-presented “The Facility Side of Ebola-Lessons Learned from the 2014 Epidemic” at the annual ASHE conference. Joe is also the current Central District Chairman of the Virginia Society of Healthcare Engineers.


Letter From the VSHE President 2018-2019

VSHE Members have been busy this year! We spent time at our annual conference in May. This year’s conference was at a bigger venue than last year, and The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center received many good reviews. We are reviewing all the feedback and are planning to return to Roanoke in 2019.

VCU Health hosted a group of Virginia CTE teachers and administrators from the Virginia Dept. of Education on June 21. They got to see the inner workings of how a hospital keeps the lights on and the air cool. Rick Sanders and I talked about our careers, and how two guys from Kansas and New York now help run a large medical center.

VSHE also had its first sponsored Career Day at the Hanover County Tech Center in Mechanicsville, VA. Eight vendors greeted and talked with graduating high school seniors. Many thanks to Siemen’s and UV Resources for sponsoring lunch. UV Resources also committed to donating a bank of UV lights for the HVAC students to train with in their classroom.

VSHE members were also on the agenda at the ASHE conference in Seattle July 15-18. Scott Blankenship and Dylan Henderson from the Carilion Clinic gave a well-received presentation titled “Are You Ready to Operate? Designing Operating Rooms to Meet Surgical Advancements”.

Lastly, we are working on an upgrade to the VSHE website. We plan to reveal the new site in the upcoming weeks. 

Becoming a better organization does not happen because one person does a lot. It happens because a lot of people do a little. If you have any ideas or want to get involved, reach out to a Board member to see how to get involved. We hope that you will use the Virginia Society of Healthcare Engineers as a forum for the exchange of innovative ideas, practical solutions to problems, and as a resource for current developments in the healthcare industry.

Joe Auricchio, BS, CHFM
President, Virginia Society of Healthcare Engineers

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