DES MOINES, IOWA (August 3, 2023) — Hospital leaders will gather to share, learn and celebrate at the 2023 Iowa Hospital Association Annual Meeting scheduled October 10-11, at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center in Des Moines. The annual meeting will offer valuable insights into renewing administrative and clinical values. The two-day agenda will feature industry speakers, innovative case studies, and opportunities to network and share ideas with colleagues.

“Health-care leaders must harness the headwinds of change to guide their organizations toward success," IHA President and CEO Chris Mitchell said. "This year's annual meeting will focus on the steadfast commitment needed to navigating change and adversity and ensure our health-care organizations remain at the forefront of innovation, delivering exceptional care to our communities."

Educational program

The 2023 IHA Annual Meeting’s educational program offers more than 25 sessions about issues and topics hospital leaders care about most. Knowledgeable presenters will provide the latest information and lead dynamic discussions about a range of subjects including:

  • Behavioral health
  • Clinical leadership
  • Cybersecurity
  • Finance
  • Governance
  • Health-care trends
  • Health-care policy
  • Innovations
  • Leadership
  • Regulations
  • Social determinants of health
  • Workforce
  • Workplace violence

Many of these sessions provide continuing education credit covering a diverse group of health-care professions including nursing, health-care law, and human resources.

Keynote speakers

Three diverse and insightful keynote speakers will share strategies and the inspiration needed to succeed during challenging times. Speakers are:

  • Tom Koulopoulos, chairman and founder, Delphi Group
  • Nicole Malachowski, retired Air Force colonel, Thunderbird pilot, combat veteran, fighter squadron commander, White House fellow, and adviser
  • Joe Mull, author, host, and public speaker

Trade show

More than seventy companies will give attendees the opportunity to see the latest in health-care products, services and technologies in one location.

Awards and recognition

IHA will present awards to deserving hospital and health system leaders and front-line employees who have acted courageously in a crisis or selflessly served their hospitals and communities throughout their careers. These awards are:

  • Excellence in Governance Award — Recognizes an outstanding trustee or board member who has made a significant contribution to their hospital or health system through leadership and a commitment to excellence.
  • Excellence in Leadership Award — Presented to a hospital or health system CEO who has demonstrated notable achievement in administration of the organization and contributed to the broader areas of health-care or health policy.
  • Iowa Hospital Heroes Award — Recognizes employees who go beyond the call of duty with no expectation of reward or recognition.
  • Iowa Organization for Nursing Leadership’s Outstanding Nurse Executive and Outstanding Nurse Leader awards — Recognizes an executive and a leader who best exemplify the organization’s mission to shape health-care in Iowa through innovation, leadership expertise, professional development, education and advocacy.
  • Young Executive Achievement Award — Presented to a hospital CEO under 40 who has significantly affected the hospital or health system.

IHA also will recognize hospital employees who have completed its Leadership Development Program.


IHA Annual Meeting attendance is free for:

  • Employees of IHA member hospitals and health systems.
  • IHA Annual Meeting sponsors.
  • IHA associate members.
  • IHA personal membership group members.
  • Members of the American College of Healthcare Executives of Iowa.
  • Members of the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

Others may attend for $990. For more information or to register, visit the Iowa Hospital Association website at

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