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Rural Hospital Innovation Summit

May 4-7, 2021 New Orleans, La.

Fill your sails with insight. Chart a course to calmer seas.

Bringing rural hospital executives together for motivation and innovation, NRHA's 5th Rural Hospital Innovation Summit is the Association's first virtual, online-only event occurring live June 16-19.

The entire event will be available on demand afterward, as seen in this virtual Annual Conference presentation preview featuring NRHA CEO Alan Morgan, President Pat Schou, Government Affairs lead Maggie Elehwany, and Member Services head Brock Slabach.

This content-rich event is filled with inspiration, cutting-edge strategy and intensive, expert-led workshops. Give your hospital’s leadership team the edge with insight from the industry’s leading experts, topics that impact and improve your hospital’s profitability and efficiency, and top-notch networking opportunities.

NRHA will always prioritize the safety and well-being of our members, event attendees, and all rural Americans. For this reason, the Association has decided to host our 2020 Annual Conference events online in streamlined, interactive environment that includes enhanced opportunities for learning and networking at a discounted rate.
NRHA’s inaugural virtual event offerings will include the following features:

  • Live keynote presentations with extended Q&A opportunities
  • Access to over 85 concurrent sessions across 9 content tracks
  • Live Q&A during and after presentations from over 200 speakers
  • An interactive exhibit hall experience featuring live networking chats
  • Unique chances to socialize: Host a video meet-up with colleagues
  • Robust research poster sessions and 2020 NRHA Award winner profiles
  • And many more additional features to come.

The best part: You can experience all Annual Conference content on demand up to a year after the event occurs.

There's even more in store

We’ll help you navigate the shifting currents of rural health with more than 60 innovative, practical, and cost-saving sessions at NRHA’s 5th Rural Hospital Innovation Summit occuring alongside the Association's 43rd Annual Rural Health Conference, the nation’s largest gathering of rural health professionals.

These events are created for anyone with an interest in rural health care, including rural health practitioners, hospital administrators, clinic directors and lay health workers, social workers, state and federal health employees, academics, community members and more.
And don't miss NRHA's Health Equity Conference and Rural Medical Education Conference, our pre-conference events.

“If you’re interested in actively engaging in transformational work on behalf of rural communities, NRHA’s annual events are where it’s at.” – NRHA member Peggy Wheeler
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Unique sponsorship opportunities

Download NRHA's 2020 Annual Conference virtual engagement guide and non-profit virtual engagement guide, or contact Colleen Bay to learn more.

  • icon-agenta Agenda

    2020 agenda:

    2020 Rural Hospital Innovation Summit agenda (updated 06.12.20)

    Past agendas:

    The Rural Hospital Innovation Summit is designed to make the most of your time. Topics include:
    • leveraging population health outcomes
    • frontiers in value-based care
    • advancing payment innovation
    • workforce recruitment and retention
    • models of community coordination
    • new revenue opportunities
    Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from the top innovators thriving in rural health care and network with other high-performing leaders at this premier event.

    Who should attend

    The summit is designed to gather the country’s top rural hospital leaders and innovators with a simple goal in mind: show how rural hospitals can thrive in today’s rocky health care landscape. 
    •             board members                       
    •             chief executive officers
    •             chief medical officers
    •             chief nursing officers
    •             chief financial officers
    •             chief innovation officers
    •             emerging leaders

    Medical education and health equity events

    The annual Rural Medical Education Conference and Health Equity Conference (formerly the Rural Multiracial and Multicultural Health Conference) will both be held May 7 directly prior to the Annual Rural Health Conference.

    NRHA certificates of attendance will be available at the registration desk. Attendees may use these certificates with third-party organizations or their employer as documentation of having received conference hours of instruction.

  • icon-rates Rates

    Register online for NRHA's virtual events

    You may also register via downloadable PDF form email to [email protected], mail or fax.

    NRHA is offering a no-risk registration policy due to COVID-19. Cancellations will be either refunded in full or reserved as a credit toward a future event.

    Registration rates
    $368 members
    $418 non-members*
    $184 student members

    * Price includes a one-year complimentary membership for first-time NRHA members.

    Contact [email protected] or 816-756-3140 for more information on registration.

  • icon-exhibitors Exhibitors

    Exhibitors, sponsors and advertisers

    Don't miss the opportunity to increase your visibility in the rural market with ads and sponsorships or by becoming a vetted NRHA Partner. 

    Download NRHA's 2020 Annual Conference virtual engagement guide and non-profit virtual engagement guide, or contact Colleen Bay to learn more.

    NRHA offers sponsorships for all events, providing a valuable opportunity for your organization to gain visibility. These sponsorships, ads and partnerships are great ways to get your company's message in the hands of hundreds of attendees. Remember, one-third of all U.S. hospitals are rural facilities.

  • icon-building Accommodations

    Current registrants have already been notified by the San Diego Sheraton Hotel that their attendee room reservations have been refunded. If you reserved accommodations outside NRHA’s block at the Sheraton, you are advised to cancel your reservation at least 72 hours prior to your date of stay and to cancel any flights immediately.


    Continuing education

    By attending NRHA's Rural Hospital Innovation Summit participants may earn up to nine hours ACHE Qualified Education Hours toward initial certification or recertification of the Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) designation. Download the attendance certificate for the most recent Rural Hospital Innovation Summit.