Connect. Inspire. Lead.
The nation’s only essential conference

June 22-25

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VITAL2021 — a virtual event — gives you valuable strategies from the front lines of care, as hospitals like yours share 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, encompasses 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 convenes 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, form 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.


Connect with Peers

Connect with a vibrant community of leaders who help shape the future of essential hospitals. VITAL2021 provides unique networking opportunities via video conference that allow you to make new connections and continue building relationships with your peers to last beyond the conference.

Our Audience

Who Should Attend

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

Our Barry R. Freedman Leadership Lecture Keynote speaker is 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 recognize 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 will be presented June 24.



Partner with Us at VITAL2021

When you support America’s Essential Hospitals, you invest in the future of high-quality health care for all — especially vulnerable 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.


Thank You, VITAL2021 Sponsors

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A Look Back

Virtual VITAL2020

Registered Virtual VITAL2020 attendees enjoy immediate access to archived recordings of all conference content on the virtual conference site through Aug. 10, 2021. Not an attendee? You can still access the complete conference content for the next year at an exceptionally affordable price.


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