Dr. James C. Fletcher will give the keynote speech for the Utah Hospital Association's annual convention at 9 a.m. Nov. 8 in the Salt Lake Hilton Hotel, 150 W. 500 South.

Fletcher, who served two stints as director of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, will speak about the parallels between advancement of space exploration and medical technology.A futurist and scientist, Fletcher was president of the University of Utah from 1964 to 1971. He worked on teams to develop the first guided missiles, the first artificial heart and the first space shuttle.

Educational workshops are scheduled during the two-day conference for Utah hospital leaders and personnel.

The Utah Hospital Association represents 54 acute and specialized hospitals and their 20,473 employees. Utah's hospitals care for 173,000 inpatients and 2.5 million outpatients annually.