IHCA Convention


October 1-3, 2018
Marriott Hotel, 700 Grand Ave., Des Moines

The IHCA Annual Convention and Trade Show gives long term services and supports professionals the opportunity to join together with other administrators, owners, nurses, and activity, dietary, activity, environmental and social services staff. It's a great opportunity to focus on excellence in service, quality care and teamwork that results in satisfaction of the residents, tenants, clients and family members we serve.

The three-day convention includes two keynote speeches and offers more than 40 education breakout sessions on topics from health care to culture change to personal development - with up to 18 hours of CEUs available. Attendees are also invited to several evening social events and a trade show featuring more than 80 vendors. Registration will open in mid-summer. Online registration will be open in July 2018.


Access the IHCA Convention Mobile App.

Hotel information

The Iowa Health Care Association 2018 Convention & Trade Show will be held at the Marriott Hotel, 700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines.  

Iowa Health Care Association’s block of rooms at the Des Moines Marriott is SOLD OUT.

We have rooms blocked at additional hotel sites offering special rates until “sold out”or until the cut-off date of September 9, 2018. Be sure to ask for the “Iowa Health Care Association” rate when making your room reservation.

Renaissance Savery
401 Locust St.
Des Moines
(515) 244-2151
Rate: $129/single or double plus tax
Parking is $25 per day.
Skywalk access to the Marriott

Holiday Inn Express
333 S.W. 11th St.
Des Moines
(515) 657-8181
Rate: $109/single or double plus tax
NO charge for parking
Shuttle service to and from the Marriott

Holiday Inn - Mercy Campus
1050 6th Avenue
Des Moines
(515) 283-0151
Rate: $106/single or double plus tax
NO charge per parking
Shuttle service to and from the Marriott

West Des Moines Hotels: We also have several West Des Moines hotels that offer special rates for IHCA ICAL members. For a list of hotels and details on the special pricing, click here.

Downtown Des Moines map (July 2017) - Find parking, skywalk and driving directions.

Monday, October 1, 2018
Marriott Hotel, 700 Grand Ave., Des Moines

The 2018 Trade Show is sold out, but there are still sponsorship options available. Contact Megan Stoulil at 800.422.3106 to learn about additional sponsorship opportunities available for vendors. 

The IHCA Trade Show is Monday, October 1, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Des Moines Marriott Hotel. Our trade show hosts over 80 businesses that serve the long term services and supports market. It is a unique opportunity that brings together marketers of products and services with 1,000 long term services and supports professionals attending the IHCA Annual Convention and Trade Show. The majority of attendees are buying-powered professionals including administrators and owners who represent Iowa’s nursing facilities, assisted living programs, residential care facilities, home health agencies and senior living communities.

2018 Poster Contest and Photo Submission
The IHCA Convention presents an excellent opportunity to celebrate Iowa’s seniors and those who care for them. Members have two different opportunities to show their pride. All IHCA members are invited to participate in the Poster Contest and Photo Submissions each year that feature your seniors and/or staff.

Convention Contest
The contest is open to all member organizations - convention attendance is not required. The entries will be judged by an independent panel of judges during the convention. Several prizes will be awarded at the Closing General Session on Wednesday of the convention. Click here for the 2018 Convention Content details and entry form.

Send your photos in!
Member organizations are invited to show their workplace pride by participating in the general session slide show. The photos will be shown on the “BIG SCREEN” during the opening of each of the conventions general session. Submit photos featuring your staff and seniors Rock Star mode for the Rock'n Quality themed event.

- Deadline for photo submission is September 14, 2018.
- Please include your facility name, location and contact information.
- Limit of 3 photos per facility/organization; must be submitted in JPEG (.jpg) format. (No printed photos.)

Click here for submission instructions. If you have any questions, contact Dave Tomlin at 800-422-3106 or Steve Fister at 712-268-5393.


For more information on any of these marketing opportunities associated with our convention and other education events, business partners and vendors can contact Dave Tomlin at 800.422.3106.
Annual Convention marketing

·Trade show
        Vendor booth
        Door prize donation
        Half or full page ads in attendee program guide
        District receptions 
        Convention contests 
        Monday night dance party 
        Tuesday night entertainment 
        Keynote speakers 
        Morning/afternoon breaks 
        Give-away gifts and prizes

Iowa Health PAC
·Annual campaign 
        Five giving levels
·PAC golf tournament 
        Four sponsorship levels – Sponsor a hole, a green, one foursome or more! 
        Door prizes and give-aways 
        Beverage cart 
        Tournament contests and awards