Connect. Inspire. Lead.
The conference for essential hospital leaders.

June 22-24 | BOSTON


Attendees gained valuable insights and best practices on the future of care directly from their peers at VITAL2022. They heard firsthand the strategies their colleagues on the front lines are using to improve care delivery and expand their impact beyond the hospital walls.

This year, at VITAL2022, we dove into topics including structural racism, behavioral and population health, patient experience, hospital financing, and health equity, and we honored excellence in COVID-19 care. With an unparalleled program focused on mission-driven hospitals, our education encompassed four tracks forged by member experience. VITAL2022 provided a valuable venue to meet and connect with hundreds of essential hospital and health system leaders who face and overcome similar challenges.

Attendees learned the latest breakthroughs and promising practices unique to mission-focused hospitals. They also had access to our aligned partners whose services bring value to their teams and patients.

Insights from Essential Hospital Leaders

VITAL2022 brought together health care experts to stimulate thinking, inspire action, and energize leaders from essential hospitals. These thought-provoking presentations, focused on equity, growth, and success in the ever-evolving health care landscape, were the foundation of the VITAL2022 conference.



Attendees connected with a vibrant community of leaders who help shape the future of essential hospitals. They had unique networking opportunities to make new connections and continue building relationships with peers to last beyond the conference.

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. VITAL2022 provided insights, strategies, and connections to accomplish big goals.

General Sessions

General sessions at VITAL2022 featured two exciting keynote speakers, association leadership and staff, and a panel of member leaders discussing current innovations and future trends to improve workforce resilience.


Freedman Leadership Lecture Keynote

Our Barry R. Freedman Leadership Lecture Keynote speaker was Marcus Whitney, founding partner of Jumpstart Health Investors, the most active venture capital firm in the United States focused on innovative, health care companies with a portfolio of more than 100 organizations. He recently launched Jumpstart Nova, the first Black health care venture fund in the country.

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.

Freedman Leadership Keynote Speaker

Marcus Whitney

Founding Partner
Jumpstart Health Investors

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Stejskal is the No. 1 international expert on resilience, in both leadership and life, whose mission is to positively impact the lives of 1 billion people, through the concepts of resilience, by 2030. She is recognized as a leading global authority on resilience, wellbeing, and mental health. 

Dr. Stejskal is a sought-after, trusted advisor for executives, athletes, leaders, musicians, and actors, as well as individuals from all industries who are looking for an edge by way of understanding and harnessing their inherent resilience. 

Her groundbreaking research on resilience has been showcased in Forbes, Ariana Huffington’s Thrive Global, Ladders, LA Progressive, and Welum Magazine, as well as mobile applications Happify, eMindful, and Powerful Universe. Stejskal is the author of Flourish or Fold: The Five Practices of Particularly Resilient People.

Keynote Speaker

Taryn Marie Stejskal, PhD

Founder and Chief Resilience Officer
Resilience Leadership Institute

Gage Awards

The 2022 Gage Awards recognized America’s Essential Hospitals members for their exceptional achievements in quality improvement, population health, and COVID-19 innovations. The awards distinguished association members nationally as industry leaders and promoted the spread of outstanding programs and best practices.


Preconference Workshop

Developing an Infrastructure to Combat Structural Racism within Essential Hospitals

The VITAL2022 preconference workshop evaluated the current climate of structural racism in essential hospitals and developed an action plan to create an infrastructure promoting antiracist policies, processes, and culture, inside and outside hospital walls.

Climate Luncheon

VITAL2022 featured a climate luncheon sponsored by the Kresge Foundation as a part of an ongoing partnership to build climate resilience in essential hospitals. Leadership from three Kresge Foundation grantees presented their ongoing work, followed by an open forum where members discussed the current health care and climate landscape.



Thank you to our VITAL2022 sponsors:

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Contact us at

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