2024 IHA Annual Meeting





Join your health care colleagues to share, learn and celebrate with us at the 2024 IHA Annual Meeting in Des Moines, Oct. 8-9. As hospital leaders grapple with myriad issues, including staffing and mounting financial pressures, recharging goals and missions is vital to successfully rebuilding and energizing teams. This year’s annual meeting will offer valuable insights into renewing administrative and clinical values, providing a unique opportunity for personal growth.

The Iowa Hospital Association offers an outstanding agenda featuring notable speakers, innovative case studies and countless opportunities to network and share ideas with colleagues. The 2024 IHA Annual Meeting is the perfect setting to gain perspective, share insights and experiences, and discuss sustaining positive change while embracing our shared responsibilities to Iowans. This year's topics include:

  • Artificial intelligence and information technology data
  • Clinical leadership
  • Delivery of care
  • Finance
  • Health care policy
  • Hospital governance
  • Leadership
  • Quality
  • Workforce and human resources

As the state's largest gathering of Iowa hospital leaders, this is one event you won’t want to miss.

2024 IHA Annual Meeting registration coming Thursday, Aug. 1

2024 IHA Annual Meeting printable agenda coming soon

Schedule at a glance

  • Oct. 7 – Iowa Hospital Association board meeting and pre-conference workshop
  • Oct. 8 – Education sessions, trade show, leadership awards, PAC awards and luncheon, IHA House of Delegates and networking reception
  • Oct. 9– Education sessions, trade show, Hospital Heroes, Leadership Development Program and nurse leadership recognition


Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center, 833 Fifth Ave., Des Moines (unless otherwise noted)


Monday, Oct. 7 

  • 1-4 p.m. – Pre-conference workshop (topic to be determined), IHA Conference Center, 100 E. Grand Ave., Suite 100, Des Moines

Tuesday, Oct. 8

  • 8:30-10:15 a.m. – Kyle Scheele opening keynote, IHA leadership awards and IHA/American Hospital Association PAC awards
  • 10:45-11:45 a.m. – Breakout sessions:
    • American Hospital Association Washington Update – Stacey Hughes, American Hospital Association
    • What Is Normal and Why We Shouldn’t Care – Michelle Mader, Ankura Consulting
    • Employment law – to be determined
    • Quality - to be determined
    • Overcoming Behavioral Health Challenges in Rural Hospital Markets – Stephanie Weatherly, Psychiatric Medical Care
    • Data and Social Determinants of Health – Jennifer Mueller, Wisconsin Hospital Association
  • 1:15-2:15 p.m. – Breakout sessions:
    • Regulatory Year in Review for the C-Suite – Alissa Smith, Dorsey Whitney Law Firm
    • Medicare Advantage Plans – Martie Ross, PYA
    • What's Going On in Workforce in Iowa and How We Can Help You Grow Your Workforce – Beth Townsend, Iowa Workforce Development
    • Quality – to be determined
    • Delivery of care – to be determined
    • Case Studies From the Iowa Hospital Association Data Team – Sara Hayes, IHA
  • 2:45-3:45 p.m. – Breakout sessions:
    • Current State of Health Care Finance – Erik Swanson, Kaufman Hall
    • Margin Transformation – Beryl Ramsey and Jamie McGlothlin, RSM US
    • Human resources and workforce – to be determined
    • Quality – to be determined
    • Delivery of care – to be determined
    • Data and information technology – to be determined

Wednesday, Oct. 9

  • 8:30-10:15 a.m. – Lauren Sisler opening keynote and IHA Hospital Heroes Awards
  • 10:45-11:45 a.m. – Breakout sessions:
    • Nurse Communication: How to Create Powerful and Effective Patient-centered Care – Karen Cook, Huron Group
    • 340B manufacturer denials – to be determined
    • Governance Case Law – Ben Fee, Hall Render Law Firm
    • Utilizing AI in Health Care – Chris Porter and Chris Snider, Drake University
    • Hot topics – to be determined
    • Leadership – to be determined
  • 1-2 p.m. – Breakout sessions:
    • Clinical – to be determined
    • Cost Report Strategies – Brian Bertsch, Eide Bailly
    • Surprise! You’re a Goldmine: 10 Keys to Unlock Your Secret Board Insights – Doug Morse, ExecHQ
    • The Brave New World of AI – Michael Chase, Baird Holm Law Firm
    • Hot topics – to be determined
    • American College of Healthcare Executives panel about emergency medical services availability and best practices
  • 2:15-4 p.m. – Leadership Development Program recognition, Iowa Organization for Nursing Leadership awards, trade show prizes, Eric Termuende closing keynote

Continuing education

Continuing education includes:

  • American College of Healthcare Executives in-person and qualified education
  • Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Hospital Board Certification hours
  • Human Resources Certification Institute
  • Iowa nursing contact hours

Complete details, including certificate of attendance forms, are coming soon.

Trade show information

Exhibitor information

Click HERE to contact Michelle Ketelsen (choose Sponsorships and Trade Show on the form) at the Iowa Hospital Association with exhibitor questions.

Event handouts and evaluation links will be available Thursday, Oct, 3.



Future IHA annual meetings

  • Oct. 8-9, 2024
  •  Oct. 7-8, 2025

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