Convention & Expo

73rd Annual IHCA Convention & Expo

September 11-14, 2023
BOS Center | Springfield

2023 LTCNA Nursing Awards

Nominations are now being accepted!!

The Annual Long Term Care Nurses (LTCNA) Nursing Awards Program recognizes outstanding CNAs, MDS Coordinators, Nurses and DONs who have proven to be dedicated, hardworking and compassionate while caring for facility residents in an ever-changing long term care environment.

Program Details

  • Nominees must be employed at an IHCA member center (SNF, AL/SLP or ID/DD) to be considered.
  • Each member center that submits a nomination(s) must designate ONE contact for all of their nominations. 
  • All nominees will receive a certificate recognizing their achievement.
  • Facilities are welcome (and encouraged!!) to submit multiple nominations.
  • The LTCNA Nursing Awards will be presented at Ovations: A Celebration of Long Term Care Nurses during IHCA’s Annual Convention & Expo.
  • A list of nominees, as well as information about the chosen winners, will be featured in IHCA publications, and on our websites and/or social media pages.
  • Press releases will be sent to local media outlets announcing the winners.

Click here to view the 2023 nomination forms.
Click here to submit your nominations online. 

Expo Exhibitors

This year's Expo will include a variety of companies that provide products and services for long term care centers. With more than 125 available booths on the expo floor, attendees will be able to get face time with vendors who can help them in their day-to-day operations and maybe find something new to take back to their centers to improve the lives of their residents. 

Click here to view Exhibitor List.

Special Events

Opening General Session
Start your Convention experience off on a high note. Join us for Opening General Session on Tuesday, September 12, 2023 at the President Abraham Lincoln DoubleTree Hotel in Springfield. Opening Session will start off with the presentation of the IHCA Excellence Awards and the Voice of Senior Care Awards. Following these presentations, keynote speaker Eddie Slowikowski will inspire attendees and get them hyped for the days to come. 

Opening Session Speaker
3 minutes and 58 seconds. That's all the time it took Eddie Slowikowski to run the mile. Whether it’s as a Gold Medal winner for the USA Track & Field Team, an NCAA All-American, or a sought-after dynamic professional speaker, Eddie knows a thing or two about Peak Performance.

Through years of training as an athlete and running his own speaking business, Eddie knows what it takes to be elite. Eddie has always had the can-do spirit of an entrepreneur, in all walks of life. Best of all, Eddie can channel that sense of accomplishment through interactive storytelling to audiences everywhere. He can make you laugh, cry, dance and learn... all in one presentation.

Eddie's story has always been about taking the lead and setting the pace. Through his years as a world-class runner and now as an internationally known Speaker & Consultant, you can count on Eddie to be out in front. 

Ovations: A Celebration of Long Term Care Nurses
Each year, IHCA and LTCNA host a special event to honor long term care nursing professionals. Ovations: A Celebration of Long Term Care Nurses, a ticketed event, is held during the Annual IHCA Convention & Expo. It includes a keynote address chosen to inspire, motivate and/or entertain attendees and the presentation of the Annual LTCNA Nursing Awards (nomination information available above).

This year Ovations will be held Wednesday, September 13, 2023 at the President Abraham Lincoln DoubleTree Hotel in Springfield. Nursing Award nominees receive a complimentary ticket to attend the event. Guests may purchase a ticket through IHCA. If you have any questions, please contact Ashley Caldwell, Director of Education and Program Development at

Ovations Speaker
For over twenty years, Bobbe White has been an empowerment expert, author, speaker, and Certified Laughter Leader Expert (Seriously!). She helps organizations incorporate more humor to better manage stress in the workplace, home place, or any place!

White’s background includes forty years in banking and corporate training. Her very first job was managing the swim facility at Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Orlando, Florida, where she was the “swim pro.” (Like a golf pro, but with more water and less money!)

“Go ahead…laugh at work. It works!” was the theme that intrigued the business world. Bobbe was interviewed various major publications. Everyone wanted to learn how to laugh again! She has traveled the country, in all directions, to dispense her fun, yet functional, presentation!

Bobbe is married with two children. They live in Quincy, Illinois.


President Abraham Lincoln DoubleTree
701 E. Adams St.
Springfield, IL 62701

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Group Code: IHC             
Wyndham Springfield City Centre             
700 E. Adams St.
Springfield, IL 62701

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Group Code: 09107027HC



Monday, September 11
11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. IHCA PAC/The Center-PAC Golf Outing     
4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Convention Registration Desk Open | BOS Center Lobby           

Tuesday, September 12
7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Convention Registration Desk Open | BOS Center Lobby
9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Opening General Session | President Abraham Lincoln DoubleTree Ballroom
11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.  Expo/Lunch | BOS Center Arena
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.  Educational Sessions | BOS Center
2:45 – 3:45 p.m.  Educational Sessions | BOS Center
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.   Educational Sessions | BOS Center
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.   Oksnevad 5K Run/1 Mile Walk
6:30 – 9:00 p.m.   Kickoff Party

Wednesday, September 13  
7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.     Convention Registration Desk Open | BOS Center Lobby 
8:00 – 9:00 a.m.  Educational Sessions | BOS Center
9:15 – 10:15 a.m.  Educational Sessions | BOS Center
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Educational Sessions | BOS Center
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Expo/Lunch | BOS Center Arena
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.  Educational Sessions | BOS Center
2:15 – 3:15 p.m. Educational Sessions | BOS Center
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.  Educational Sessions | BOS Center
3:30 – 5:00 p.m.                    Ovations: A Celebration of Long Term Care Nurses | President Abraham Lincoln DoubleTree   
5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Meet and Mingle | President Abraham Lincoln DoubleTree 

Thursday, September 14
7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Convention Registration Desk Open | BOS Center Lobby                       
8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Educational Sessions | BOS Center
9:15 – 10:15 a.m. Educational Sessions | BOS Center
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Educational Sessions | BOS Center
11:45 – 12:45 p.m. Educational Sessions | BOS Center