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Board Names John Henderson President/CEO of TORCH

The TORCH Board of Directors has announced that John Henderson, current CEO at Childress Regional Medical Center, will be the next President/CEO of TORCH. The TORCH Board is extremely excited to have John join the organization and look forward to his leadership as the future unfolds. We congratulate and welcome John into this new role and offer him our support as he directs our organization. John will assume his new role effective April 2 following necessary time to enable a good transition at Childress.

TORCH 2018 Annual Conference & Tradeshow

Registration is now open for the TORCH Annual Conference & Tradeshow. This year's conference agenda will include advocacy, financial and operational topics that are relevant to the issues facing our rural hospitals today. Early bird registration ends March 21, 2018. Please click here to register.

Conference Agenda:

Please click here to download a copy of the conference agenda.


We encourage all attendees to make their room reservations as soon as possible to ensure availability. Please click here to book your reservation by the hotel cutoff date of March 21, 2018. Room rate of $179/night (single/double) is guaranteed for all TORCH attendees.

Annual Conference Trade Show

The tradeshow is sold out. However we still have a limited number of sponsorships available that will allow your company to attend. Please contact Rose Valenzuela @ (512) 873-0045 or via email at for more information.

Foundation Silent Auction and Raffle:

We are currently accepting donations for the Foundation Silent Auction and Raffle. All proceeds from the event are allocated to the Foundation Scholarship Fund. The TORCH Foundation is a 501c(3). All donations are tax deductible. Please contact Carrie Ruiz @ (512) 873-0045 or via email at if you are interested in participating in the event.

Member Engagement – Daytripping Across Rural Texas

Over the years, we've travelled a lot of miles across this great state, and through our journeys one thing always stumps us: Where's a good place to eat in this town? Many times, we ask our friends Yelp or Google, because frankly, fast-food chain restaurants don't cut it and we really want to dine where the locals do, but just don't know where to go.

So here's where you can help us! TORCH is asking all of our members to gather information on your communities favorite restaurants and share it with us. We want to know where we should absolutely dine in your neck of the woods. Share with us the place you know that serves up the best finger lickin', lip smackin', falling off the bones BBQ ribs. Where can we get some mouth-watering chicken fried steak that would even make Jesus say Amen? Who serves up a deliciously bad for you double cheeseburger and fries? Oh, and don't forget dessert, we want to hear about the best chocolate pie or bread pudding that would even give grandma's recipe a run for her money at the county fair. Please tell us all about it!

You can mail or email us photos, menus, news clippings and/or write-ups of your favorite eateries to the attention of Mollie Cook at and we will do all the rest. Once we receive your submissions, TORCH will professionally design a poster for your community and it will be displayed at the TORCH Annual Conference. We will also use some of the entries in future editions of Rural Matters magazine.

So, whether you live in Comanche and go to Cook's Fish Barn, Whistle Stop Cafe in Decatur, H&H Café and Bakery in Yoakum or Allen's Family Style Meals in Sweetwater, you know the best places to eat in your neighborhoods and now our members will too. Next time we are out day tripping across rural Texas, we will all know some of the best places to get our fill!

Apply Now for the 2018 TORCH Foundation Scholarships – Deadline March 23, 2018

The TORCH Foundation is pleased to announce that the application process is now open for the 2018 MHA, Continuing Education and Internship Scholarships.

The TORCH Foundation 2018 Continuing Education Stipend will be awarded to a healthcare professional currently working in a TORCH Member healthcare facility who aspires to improve higher job performance by participating in a healthcare related continuing education event/opportunity (i.e. health education conference, course, seminar, workshop, training event, etc.). This individual demonstrates commitment to providing quality healthcare and values continuing education as a tool to achieve performance excellence in his/her occupation. There is a limit of one award per person per year. The stipend award can be used for registration fees and travel expenses up to $1000. You can download the application form here.

The TORCH Foundation 2018 Rural Healthcare Internship Stipend will be awarded to an individual, accepted to or currently participating in an internship program or practicum in a TORCH Member healthcare facility, who is dedicated to providing quality healthcare in rural areas and who aspires to become a healthcare professional in a rural area. Applicants must complete the eligibility requirements, as defined on the application form, including submission of a resume, a signed letter of recommendation by the internship program director or supervisor, and a one page personal statement that demonstrates both commitment to rural healthcare and interest in pursuing a career in the healthcare industry. The Internship Stipend award is $1000. You can download the application form here.

The TORCH Foundation 2018 Texas MHA Student Scholarship will be awarded to a second year student currently enrolled in an accredited Texas Graduate Program of Healthcare Administration who has demonstrated academic excellence in their program and who aspires to work in the healthcare industry, preferably in a rural area. Applicants must be in good standing and complete the eligibility requirements, as defined on the application form, including submission of a current Graduate Program transcript, resume, a signed letter of recommendation by an instructor or advisor in the Graduate Program of Healthcare Administration, and a personal statement that demonstrates both commitment to healthcare administration and interest in pursuing a career in the healthcare industry. The MHA Student Scholarship award is $1000. You can download the application form here.

Anyone interested in applying for these scholarships must complete the scholarship application and provide the supporting documentation to our office by March 23, 2018 to be eligible for consideration. Winners will be announced in early April and will be invited to be recognized at the TORCH Annual Conference awards banquet on April 11.

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.

CAH Texas Network Map 2017



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2018 TORCH Annual Conference and Trade Show
April 10th-12th, 2018
Hyatt Regency Dallas, Dallas, TX
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