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The nation’s only essential conference

June 19-21


VITAL2019 offers an unparalleled program with five education tracks, more than 30 sessions, and valuable content forged by member experience.

Day 1

Wednesday, June 19

Conference registration open

7 am–7 pm
Board Meeting

Institute board meeting (closed)

8:30–11:30 am
Preconference Workshop

Population health preconference session (preregistration required)

8–noon am
Workshop Details

Government Relations Academy

8 am–noon

Fellows Program

8 am–noon

Climate Resilience Stakeholder Forum

Noon–1 pm
Luncheon Details

340B Interest Group Meeting


The 340B Interest Group brings together individuals interested in discussing issues related to the 340B Drug Pricing Program.

First-time attendee orientation

1:45–2:15 pm
Multiple Tracks

Interest Group Meetings

2:15–3 pm
  • Financial Interest Group Meeting
  • Medical Leaders Interest Group Meeting
Financial Interest Group Meeting

The Financial Interest Group is a platform for essential hospital leaders to learn and share knowledge about their unique financial challenges.

Medical Leaders Interest Group Meeting

The Medical Leaders Interest Group serves to build capacity, share knowledge and experience, and provide thought leadership on clinical issues essential hospitals face.
General Session

Opening general session

3:30–5:15 pm

Opening reception

5:15–6:30 pm

Day 2

Thursday, June 20

Conference registration open

7 am–5 pm

Networking breakfast

7–8 am

First-time attendees breakfast

7–8 am
Multiple Tracks

Critical Conversations (choose one of five)

8–9 am

General Session

9–10:15 am

Networking break

10:15–10:45 am
Multiple Tracks

Education breakout sessions (choose one of five)

10:45 am–noon
Gage Awards

Gage Awards Luncheon

Noon–2 pm

Celebrate excellence as we honor outstanding programs in quality and population health with the Gage Awards. The prestigious awards are presented to member hospitals and health systems for creative, successful programs and activities that enhance patient care and meet community needs. Join us to honor our 2019 recipients.
Multiple Tracks

Mini-Sessions (choose one of five)

2:15–2:45 pm

Networking break

2:45–3:15 pm
Multiple Tracks

Mini-Sessions (choose one of five)

3:15–3:45 pm

Poster session

3:45–5 pm
FAN Event

Federal Action Network (FAN) networking reception (invitation-only)

5:30–7 pm
  • Learn more
Learn more

Join your colleagues for a reception exclusively for members of the Federal Action Network (FAN), America’s Essential Hospital’s individual membership category for member hospital employees interested in federal advocacy. The FAN reception will take place on Thursday, June 20, at the JW Marriott Marquis from 5:30–7 pm. This year our reception will take place on the nineteenth floor, which features an indoor golf school, bowling alley, billiard room, corporate lounge and stainless-steel infinity sky pool.

If you’re not yet a member of the FAN, sign up today to join this community of member advocates for expanded networking; access to exclusive events, news, and resources; participation in our political action committee; and an opportunity to help shape the association’s advocacy agenda.

For more information on the FAN, please contact Jocelyn Wiles at

Open night to enjoy Miami

7–10 pm

Day 3

Friday, June 21

Conference registration open

7 am–noon

Networking breakfast

7–8 am
Multiple Tracks

Critical Conversations (choose one of five)

8–9 am

Closing general session



Demonstrate your commitment to the mission of essential hospitals and help your organization shape a strategy for success.

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