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Alphabet Soup (Affiliations)

An explanation of some of the frequently used abbreviations or acronyms you will find in our profession:

VSDHVS: Our organization: Virginia Society for Directors of Healthcare Volunteer Services. The Virginia state professional organization for paid leaders of volunteer service departments, gift shop managers and others who work in a professional capacity to coordinate day to day operations and activities of volunteers in healthcare organizations.

DVS/DOV: Director of Volunteer Services or Director of Volunteers.  The position title most commonly associated with our members.  Volunteer managers, Volunteer Coordinators, or other similar titles are also included as members.

Certifications: CAVS/CDVS/CVA, etc.  The professionally recognized designations for credentialed volunteer leaders.  Certified Administrator of Volunteer Services; Certified Director of Volunteer Services, Certified Volunteer Administrator.  Designation dependent upon credentialing organization.  See: Professional Certification Information under the Members-only section of this website.

AHVRP (ASDVS): The affliliated national professional organization for volunteer leaders is the ASSOCIATION OF HEALTHCARE VOLUNTEER RESOURCE PROFESSIONALS.  This group was formerly known as the American Society of Directors of Volunteer Services prior to 2007.  See website: AHVRP.org  AHVRP is a member of the American Hospital Association (see below).

SHVL: Southeastern Healthcare Volunteer Leaders. The affiliated regional (state level) professional organization for volunteer leaders in the southeastern United States.  The SHVL holds an annual conference and provides resources similar to the AHVRP. See website: http://www.shvlonline.org/page-1289915 

VAHAV: Virginia Association for Healthcare Auxiliaries and Volunteers.  The association for Auxiliary leaders and volunteers who support healthcare organizations within Virginia. See website: VAHAV.org

VHHA:The Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association (VHHA) formed in 1926 as a trade association of Virginia hospitals. In 1995, members voted to change the name from  Virginia Hospital Association to reflect changing membership, which includes not only rural and urban hospitals, but integrated health care delivery systems and their long-term care facilities and services, ambulatory care sites, home health services, insurance subsidaries, and other health system-related entities. VAHHA's activities focus on four areas: representation and advocacy, education, communication and health care data. See website:VHHA.com

AHA: The American Hospital Association is the national organization that represents and serves all types of hospitals, health care networks, and their patients and communities. Close to 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, other providers of care and 40,000 individual members come together to form the AHA.  Through our representation and advocacy activities, AHA ensures that members' perspectives and needs are heard and addressed in national health policy development, legislative and regulatory debates, and judicial matters. Our advocacy efforts include the legislative and executive branches and include the legislative and regulatory arenas.  Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. See website: www.aha.org.



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