Ed Jones

Healthcare’s response to the needs forced upon us by the pandemic can be summarized as nothing short of extraordinary. I cannot think of a better theme for our conference than “Challenge Accepted” to appropriately acknowledge members across the country who answered the call, working tireless hours in both front-line and behind-the-scenes positions over the course of the last 18 months. A special thank you also to the supplier community, who responded by helping us meet the needs of our membership—many having to pivot and exhibit new ways of collaborating to keep the supply chain resilient and moving forward.

We are excited to host and celebrate members and suppliers during the annual HealthTrust University Conference, July 26, 27 and 28, at the Music City Center in downtown Nashville, Tennessee.

For members who can’t be with us in person for HTU, we extend an invitation to join virtually for the general sessions from 8–10 a.m. (Central) on both Tuesday and Wednesday (July 27 and 28). John Young, M.D., MBA, and his Clinical Services team have assembled a quality slate of multidisciplinary programs that I hope you will take advantage of as well. (John highlights a few of those sessions in his CMO column.) Choose from six time blocks over the course of the three-day conference that offer continuing education credit-based sessions.

A little inspiration

Despite the weariness we may be feeling from the challenges endured over the last 18 months, we will receive some much-needed inspiration from author and keynote speaker John O’Leary (johnolearyinspires.com) during Wednesday morning’s general session. I am honored to get to meet this overcomer in person and look forward to hearing the poignant message he’ll use to inspire us to keep forging ahead. Doctors gave John a 1% chance of surviving burns on 100% of his body after a fire—yet he did. And, after enduring months in a hospital bed and years of physical therapy, he will share how he “woke up to what really matters.” John offers a perspective to wake us up from what he calls “accidental living” and invites us to embrace three simple truths: 1) Our life is a sacred, awesome gift; 2) We get to choose our mindset in every situation, no matter how bleak it seems, and 3) Together, we can change the world—starting with our own.

Annual member recognition

While the work of all member organizations and suppliers during COVID-19 will be celebrated in many ways throughout the HTU event, a smaller number of member organizations submitted applications for official recognition as part of our annual Member Recognition Awards process. These awards will be presented during Wednesday’s general session (July 28), followed by an official press release and full story coverage in the Q4 edition of The Source.

We look forward to your participation in and feedback on the 2021 HealthTrust University Conference.


Ed Jones
President/CEO, HealthTrust
Publisher, The Source magazine

For more information on the HTU virtual event, contact conferences@healthtrustpg.com. For more information on Member Education during HTU, contact education@htu.healthtrustpg.com

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