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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.



Topics We Will Cover
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. Open to full, associate, and allied affiliate members only.

First-time attendee orientation

1:45–2:15 pm

Financial Interest Group Meeting

2:15–3 pm

The Financial Interest Group is a platform for essential hospital leaders to learn and share knowledge about their unique financial challenges. Open to full, associate, and allied affiliate members only.
General Session

Opening general session

3:30–5:15 pm
This session will feature a president’s address from Dr. Bruce Siegel, and keynote from Ezekiel Emanuel, and a presentation from our partner Premier.
Session Details

Opening reception

5:15–6:30 pm

Day 2

Thursday, June 20

Conference registration open

7 am–5 pm

Networking breakfast

7–8 am
Multiple Tracks

Critical Conversations (choose one of five)

8–9 am

General Session

9–10:30 am
This session will feature keynote speaker Sue Klebold, mental health advocate and author of A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy.
Session Details

Networking break

10:30–11 am
Multiple Tracks

Education breakout sessions (choose one of five)

11 am–12:15 pm
Gage Awards

Gage Awards Luncheon

12:15–2 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
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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

This session will feature a panel of member leaders discussing how essential hospitals create a culture of health in their communities.
Session Details


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

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