Practical strategies for
solving the health care puzzle

June 19 – 21  |  SAN DIEGO


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At VITAL2024, gain valuable insights, learn best practices, and develop strategies with your peers to shape the future of health care. Discover breakthroughs and best practices on topics including hospital financing, patient experience, health equity, structural racism, and behavioral and population health. You’ll also have access to our aligned partners, whose services bring value to your team and patients.


What Makes Your Hospital Essential?

  • You’re dedicated to serving people who face social and economic barriers to care.
  • You provide state-of-the-art, patient-centered care while operating on slim margins.
  • You’re there for the community during traumatic events.
  • You train and support the next generation of health care workers.
  • You reach outside hospital walls to shape social drivers of health and increase health care access.

VITAL2024 is around the Corner

Register today to experience the only conference for mission-driven hospitals!


First-Time Attendee?

We are excited you’re here! VITAL2024 can change the way you think about the future of health care. There’s no “right” way to attend, but here are some tips to make the most of your conference experience.


What Makes VITAL2024 Essential?

  • Content developed for essential hospital leaders by essential hospital leaders who have overcome shared challenges.
  • Practical and inspiring sessions focused on the needs of mission-driven hospitals.
  • Real-time updates on legislation, policy, and industry trends affecting your hospital.
  • Opportunities to connect and share ideas with hundreds of hospital leaders like you.
  • Who Should Attend?
  • Testimonials
  • Our Tracks: Insights from Essential Hospital Leaders
Who Should Attend?

Our diverse attendees are hospital administrators and executives responsible for the leadership, operations, patient experience, quality of care, finances, and continued success of essential hospitals. VITAL2024 provides insights, strategies, and connections to accomplish big goals.

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Connect with a vibrant community of leaders who champion equitable health care for underserved people. VITAL2024 provides myriad networking opportunities to make new connections, share transformative best practices, and continue building lasting relationships with peers. Here’s what our attendees had to say about last year’s conference. You won’t want to miss San Diego!

“I loved networking with colleagues from across the country who face the same challenges and the opportunities to exchange ideas.”

“I appreciated the presentations and the ability to network.”

“I loved meeting other health systems with similar missions and dedication to care for the health and well-being of EVERY individual in the communities served with the highest level of care.” 

“The entire event! It was exciting, timely, informative, provocative. It made me energized to get more things done!”  

“It was uplifting to connect physically and ideologically with hospital leaders who are in the same boat — meaning that we are kindred spirits who share the realities of navigating turbulent health care waters, with limited resources, all while drawing upon innovative, inspired, and strategic actions to attain success. I left the conference feeling even more energized and optimistic about the potential for essential hospitals to thrive.”

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Our Tracks: Insights from Essential Hospital Leaders

VITAL2024 convenes health care experts to stimulate thinking, inspire action, and energize leaders from essential hospitals. Our learning sessions, focusing on equity, growth, and success in the evolving health care landscape, are the foundation of the VITAL2024 conference.

Education Tracks:

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Freedman Leadership Lecture Keynote

Our Barry R. Freedman Leadership Lecture Keynote speaker in San Diego will be Nicholas Webb, futurist, author, and innovation and health care expert.

About the Barry R. Freedman Leadership Lecture

The Barry R. Freedman Leadership Lecture, held annually and sponsored by Jefferson Einstein Hospital, in Philadelphia, honors the extensive career in health care service of Barry Freedman. Recognizing his steadfast dedication to disadvantaged populations, his influential tenure as a former president and CEO of Einstein, and his role as a former board member of America’s Essential Hospitals, the lecture series focuses on vital health care challenges, innovations, and the evolving landscape of essential hospitals. This initiative celebrates Freedman’s enduring legacy by promoting critical discussions and advancements in health care leadership and policy, emphasizing the importance of meeting the needs of the underserved.

Keynote Speaker

Nicholas Webb

Futurist, Author, and Innovation and Health Care Expert

Get More From VITAL2024

  • Climate Lunch
  • Preconference Roundtable on Medicaid Strategy
  • Rooftop Cinema Club Party
  • Ambassador Program
Climate Lunch

Hear essential hospital executives share lessons learned from climate initiatives, with a specific focus on leveraging the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) to finance sustainability projects.

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Preconference Roundtable on Medicaid Strategy

Learn how a large health system leveraged Sellers Dorsey’s new physician directed payment program to expand care for Medicaid patients in Arizona. Speakers will highlight the need for a Medicaid strategy and share how payers and providers are launching innovative partnerships to serve the Medicaid population in a meaningful way.

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Rooftop Cinema Club Party

Join us on Thursday, June 20 for a night at the Rooftop Cinema Club for a movie with a view! Wireless headphones will connect you to the big screen, plus lawn games, food, drinks, and your favorite theater concessions available on this scenic rooftop.

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Ambassador Program

We’re looking for member ambassadors to give a warm welcome to first-time attendees by sharing your conference experiences, highlighting key events, and helping attendees make the most of their time at VITAL2024.

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Justin Barad, MD

Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer
Osso VR

Horizon Talk Speaker

Our Horizon Talk speaker will be Justin Barad, MD, co-founder and chief strategy officer of Osso VR, an award-winning startup that leverages virtual reality for surgical training and assessment.



When you support America’s Essential Hospitals, you invest in the future of high-quality health care for all — especially marginalized people and underserved communities. You also raise your profile as an organization aligned with our members through a commitment to the best possible care for all people.

Our partnership programs provide meaningful opportunities for you to build working relationships with our members, raise awareness of your products and services, and position your company as an industry leader.

Interested in sponsoring VITA2024? Contact us.





America’s Essential Hospitals is committed to hosting inclusive and accessible events that enable all individuals to fully engage.



Thank you to our VITAL2024 sponsors:

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Contact us at

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