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The nation’s only essential conference

Were you a registered attendee?

You can access the online conference platform for one full year.

Purchase On Demand Access

If you were not a registered attendee, you can purchase access to watch VITAL2021 sessions on demand until June 22, 2022.


VITAL2021 — a virtual event — gave attendees valuable strategies from the front lines of care, as hospitals like yours shared insights on COVID-19, behavioral and population health, hospital financing, structural racism and equity, patient experience, and other timely topics.

Our unparalleled program, focused on mission-driven hospitals, encompassed four tracks forged by member experience. VITAL2021 is your gateway to hundreds of essential hospital leaders who have faced, and overcome, challenges like yours.


Expertise for Essential Hospitals

VITAL2021 virtually convened health care experts to stimulate thinking, inspire action, and energize leaders from essential hospitals. These thought-provoking presentations, focusing on equity, growth, and success in the ever-evolving health care landscape, formed the foundation of our annual conference.


Sample a Session

This VITAL2020 presentation from The University of Chicago Medicine explores efforts in Illinois and Chicago to tackle the root causes of health disparities. It demonstrates the quality of content you can expect at VITAL2021. Presenters will appear live after presentations to answer audience questions.


Connecting with Peers

Attendees connected with a vibrant community of leaders who help shape the future of essential hospitals. VITAL2021 provided unique networking opportunities via video conference that allowed attendees to make new connections and continue building relationships.

Our Audience

Who Attended

Our diverse array of attendees are responsible for the leadership, operations, patient experience, quality of care, finances, and continued success of essential hospitals. VITAL2021 provides insights, strategies, and connections to accomplish big goals.


Keynote Speaker

Ibram X. Kendi

Not available on demand.

Our Barry R. Freedman Leadership Lecture Keynote speaker was Ibram X. Kendi, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University (BU) and the founding director of the BU Center for Antiracist Research. He is a contributing writer at The Atlantic and a CBS News racial justice contributor. Kendi is the 2020–2021 Frances B. Cashin Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.

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.

Gage Awards

The 2021 Gage Awards recognized America’s Essential Hospitals members for their exceptional achievements in quality improvement, population health, and COVID-19 innovations. The awards distinguish association members nationally as industry leaders and promote the spread of outstanding programs and best practices. This year’s recipients were presented June 24.


Thank You, VITAL2021 Sponsors

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