The conference for
essential hospital leaders.

June 14-16 | CHICAGO
Connect. Inspire. Lead.


Attendees gained valuable insights and best practices on the future of health care from their peers at VITAL2023. They heard firsthand how their colleagues on the front lines are improving care delivery and making a positive difference beyond the hospital walls.

This year, we dove into timely topics, including behavioral and population health, patient experience, hospital financing, and health equity and structural racism. With an unparalleled program focused on mission-driven hospitals, our learning sessions included four tracks forged by member experience. VITAL2023 provided a valuable venue to meet and connect with hundreds of essential hospital leaders who face and overcome similar challenges.

Attendees enjoyed learning about the latest breakthroughs and proven practices unique to mission-focused hospitals like theirs. They had access to our aligned partners, whose services brought value to their team and patients.

Insights from Hospital Leaders

VITAL2023 convened health care experts to stimulate thinking, inspire action, and energize leaders from essential hospitals. These thought-provoking learning sessions, focusing on equity, growth, and success in the evolving health care landscape, were the foundation of the VITAL2023 conference.

Education Tracks:


General Sessions

General sessions at VITAL2023 featured two exciting keynote speakers, association leadership and staff, and a panel of leaders discussing a collaborative approach to fostering health equity in Chicago.




Attendees connected with a vibrant community of leaders forging a path to equitable care for underserved people and shaping the future of essential hospitals. VITAL2023 provided unique networking opportunities that allowed leaders to make new connections and continue building lasting relationships with peers.



Our diverse attendees are responsible for the leadership, operations, patient experience, quality of care, finances, and continued success of essential hospitals. VITAL2023 provided insights, strategies, and connections to accomplish big goals.

Freedman Leadership Lecture Keynote

Our Barry R. Freedman Leadership Lecture Keynote speaker was Ozan Varol, who will reveal his four-step moonshot model to turn the seemingly impossible into the possible and leave behind the baggage of history, and foster innovation.

About the Barry R. Freedman Leadership Lecture

This annual lecture is made possible through the generous support of the Einstein Healthcare Network, in Philadelphia. It recognizes Freedman’s nearly 50 years of service in health care; his commitment to caring for underserved populations; and his contributions as a former president and CEO of Einstein and former board member of America’s Essential Hospitals. This lecture series is designed to highlight issues critical to the evolving challenges, innovations, and landscape of health care and essential hospitals.

Keynote Speaker

Ozan Varol

Rocket Scientist turned Professor, Bestselling Author, and Expert on Creativity and Critical Thinking

Keynote Speaker

Hossain is a bestselling writer and speaker focusing on women’s health. She is a regular on-air guest at CNN, MSNBC, and PBS, and her writing on politics, gender, and race has been published in Forbes, CNN, USA TODAY, The Daily Beast, and Medium.

Keynote Speaker

Anushay Hossain

Bestselling Writer and Speaker


Gage Awards

The 2023 Gage Awards recognized America’s Essential Hospitals members for their exceptional achievements in quality improvement and population health. The awards distinguished association members nationally as industry leaders and promote the spread of outstanding programs and best practices. This year’s recipients were honored at the Gage Awards Luncheon on Thursday, June 15.




Combating Structural Racism Through Workforce Development

Essential hospitals need to build a diverse workforce through hiring and promotion to ensure high-quality, equitable care for all patients.


Climate Luncheon

Leadership Lessons in Climate Resilience and Mitigation

Attendees heard CEOs at member hospitals share practical, financially sustainable methods to improve climate resilience and mitigation efforts.


Highlights from Previous Conferences

Check out some of the great moments from VITAL!



Thank you to our VITAL2023 sponsors:

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Future Association Events

June 19–21, San Diego
Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

June 11-13, Atlanta
Loews Atlanta Hotel

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Contact us at

America’s Essential Hospitals
401 Ninth St. NW, Suite 900,
Washington, DC 20004