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Registration is now open for 2017 Rural Health Advocacy Days.

With the 85th Texas Legislature going back into session in January, it is time to turn our attention to our state-level issues. Rural Health Advocacy Days are set for February 20-21 in Austin. Plan to make this a priority once again for yourself and your community to participate in this important event. Members are strongly encouraged to attend this meeting to bring increased awareness of rural issues to the members of the Texas Legislature and to give members a firm understanding of the content and techniques associated with this vital grassroots initiative. This is our opportunity to carry rural health issues to our elected Representatives and Senators. Our goal is to join together so we can share the rural message and call attention to a broader scope of issues. We need a large presence at the Capitol on February 21.Take action to protect your community by attending Rural Health Advocacy Days. As always, we thank you for your support and hope you will be able to participate in this important event.

To register for the 2017 Rural Health Advocacy Days, please click here. The host hotel for this year’s event is Austin Radisson Hotel & Suites, 111 East Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, TX 78701. TORCH has negotiated a room rate of $189. Please call the hotel directly at (800) 333-3333 and ask for the “TORCH” rate. The deadline for securing the reduced room rate is February 3, 2017.

Interested in sponsoring Rural Health Advocacy Days?

If you are interested in being a sponsor for the event, please contact Rose Valenzuela at (512) 873-0045. We have limited sponsorship opportunities available. Join forces with TORCH members to help make our presence known at the Capitol on February 21!

Help Us Celebrate National Rural Health Day on November 17, 2016

Nearly 62 million Americans live in rural and frontier communities. Rural communities are wonderful places to live and work, but these communities also have unique healthcare needs, which is why the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) sets aside the third Thursday of every November - November 17th, 2016 - to celebrate National Rural Health Day.

In honor of National Rural Health Day TORCH has put together two print ads and a social media ad (see links below) that you can use to advertise and promote your hospital in your local community papers, hospital websites and/or marketing collateral. When submitting to your local papers or media outlets, please make sure to include your hospital name and a brief write up of the services you provide.

Color Print Ad

Black & White Print Ad

Social Media Ad

If you are looking for other ideas to promote National Rural Health Day at your facility, NOSORH has a wealth of resources available to you to help you celebrate. Please click here to access the NOSORH National Rural Health Day page.

Interested in Exhibiting or Sponsoring at the 2017 TORCH Annual Conference?

For all TORCH Corporate members, exhibitor and sponsorship registration is officially open for the 2017 TORCH Annual Conference and Tradeshow. Registration for non-members officially opens January 3, 2017. A total of 106 booths are currently available. You can download a copy of the 2017 exhibitor prospectus by clicking here. Booths are assigned on a first come, first served basis. Payment must be accompany the exhibitor application in order to secure your requested spot. The tradeshow does sell out fast, so please make sure to get your application in as soon as possible. You can click here to see the available booths. This diagram is updated weekly. You can contact Rose Valenzuela @ (512) 873-0045 if you have any questions on exhibiting or sponsoring at the event.

The host hotel for this year’s event is the Hyatt Regency - Dallas, 300 Reunion Blvd., Dallas, TX. The negotiated room rate is $164/night. The hotel does sell out quickly, so please make your reservations as soon as possible. You can reserve your room here.

HITCON Presentations

We had a great time at this year’s HITCON! We Hope you did too! Thank you to all of the speakers and attendees.

Mac McMillian - Healthcare's Threat Landscape Fighting the Invisible Enemy

Dan Friedrich - Healthcare Security from a Hacker's Perspective

Phillip Alexander - Cyberattacks and Social Engineernig The Rising Digital Epidemic

Greg Walton - Driving Value from Your IT Investments-CIO Panel

William Standifird - BYOD and Mobile Security Balancing Risks and Rewards

Robert Spurck Panel - Surviving Ransomware Lessons from Rural Texas Hospital

Michael Orr - Audit Proof Preparing for Phase 2 of OCR Audits

25 Things To Know About Rural Hospitals

TORCH has prepared a quick fact sheet of the top 25 things to know about rural hospitals. Please click here to download the brief whitepaper.

Texas Rural Hospital Map

Click here to see a map of the rural hospitals throughout the state.



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February 20-21, 2017
Austin Radisson Hotel & Suites, Downtown Austin, TX
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