This year, the IHF is bringing the 47th edition of the World Hospital Congress to the beautiful city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Bringing to life the concept of "global learning, local action", this is the second time that Rio is hosting the Congress, which was last held in Brazil in 2009. What can healthcare leaders from the region, and across the globe, gain from participating in such an event?

In this special Portuguese-language episode, we invited Dr Adelvânio F. Morato, President of the Brazilian Hospital Federation, as well as the Congress Scientific Committee Co-chairs, Dr Graccho Alvim Neto, who is Director of the Association of Hospitals of the State of Rio de Janeiro, and Ms Gilvane Lolato, the Operational Manager at Brazil’s National Accreditation Organization, to share their reflections on the importance of leaders from around the world learning from each other, their insights into organizing the Congress – and to give us a taste of what attendees can expect in Rio.

Agir – Health Management, Innovation and Results Association, Brazil

J. Antônio Cirino

Director of Education and Development
2024 Steering Committee co-chair and Young Executive Leaders 2021

As well as compliance, a practising communicologist, quality manager, professor and health researcher.


Brazilian Hospital Federation

Dr Adelvânio F. Morato


Dr Morato is in his third term at the head of the Association of Hospitals of the State of Goiás, Brazil. Alongside this role, he...


Brazilian Hospital Federation

Dr Adelvânio F. Morato


Dr Morato is in his third term at the head of the Association of Hospitals of the State of Goiás, Brazil. Alongside this role, he is also President of the Brazilian Hospitals Federation (FBH), which represents more than four thousand health establishments in Brazil.

Dr Morato trained as a urologist surgeon. He later became the General Secretary of the Medical Association of the State of Goiás, and is a member of the Union of Hospitals of the State of Goiás and one of the partners of the Instituto do Rim de Goiânia.

Dr Morato became a member of the IHF Governing Council in November 2020. He is also a member of the IHF Executive Committee since January 2023.

Get to know Dr Morato, the FBH, and how international knowledge exchange can transform healthcare.

Associação de Hospitais do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Dr Graccho Alvim Neto

Vice President

Dr Graccho Alvim Neto works internationally to discover best practices that can be implemented in his native Brazil. As a founding member of STEMS (Society of Tourism Medicinal), this has led him to explore first hand and learn from structural operations in Thailand, Dubai, and Costa Rica while expanding his training in rare diseases in the USA at University of California Los Angeles.

Since 1988, he has directed several private hospitals in Rio de Janeiro and he has been the Vice President of AHERJ (Associação Brasileira de Hospitais do Rio de Janeiro) for the past 15 years. Dr Graccho consults regularly with insurance companies to develop optimal home care programs while directing two infusion clinics treating rare diseases.

As the face of Brazilian hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic, his appearances on the national news led to a recently launched series of public health shows bringing greater awareness to the general public.

Organização Nacional de Acreditação (ONA), Brazil

Gilvane Lolato

Operational Manager

Gilvane Lolato graduated in Business Administration from UGF-RJ, with an MBA in Health Management and Infection Control from INESP-SP. She is also Specialist in Quality and Patient Safety from Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal. She holds a Master in Management and Methodologies of Quality and Safety in Health Care at Instituto Avedis Donabedian, Spain.

Gilvane has worked in the areas of ​​quality management, patient safety, and accreditation for more than fifteen years – where she participated in the implementation of the health accreditation model in the national methodology in more than 20 public and private organizations.

She is a Lecturer in Quality Management, Patient Safety and Health Accreditation; a Member of the Brazilian Society for the Quality of Care and Patient Safety (SOBRASP); and the Operational Manager of the National Accreditation Organization (ONA) where she leads the Management of Certification, Education, Assessors, Quality Management, Communication, ISQua Certifications, ONA’s scientific front and Partnerships.

She took part in the ISQua Fellowship and the Coordinator and teacher of MBA, Postgraduate and Short Courses, with topics focused on Quality Management, Patient Safety and Health Accreditation.

Gilvane was also part of the coordination of the review of the “Manual for Organizations Providing Health Services – Version 2022; and of the scientific committee for ONA events, such as “Meeting of Evaluators”, “International Seminar on Patient Safety and Health Accreditation”, among others.

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