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Save the Date! TORCH 25 Year Anniversary Celebration
April 7-9, 2015

TORCH will be celebrating our 25 year anniversary and hope that you can come celebrate with us! The 2015 Annual Conference and Tradeshow will be held at the Hyatt Regency Dallas in Dallas, TX.

The annual golf event will take place on Monday, April 6 at the Tenison Highlands Golf Course. All education and networking events start on Tuesday, April 7, and conclude on Thursday, April 9. We will be posting information about the conference in the upcoming months.

If you are a vendor who is interested in exhibiting or sponsoring at the event, please feel free to contact us at (512) 873-0045. We are already accepting exhibitor applications so please make sure to get your application in early as the tradeshow sales out fast. Please click here for a copy of the exhibitor/sponsorship application. We look forward to seeing you at the event!

TORCH Schlorship applications now available

The TORCH Foundation is pleased to announce that application process is now open for the 2015 MHA, Continuing Education and Internship Scholarships.  Please select the following link for the application you wish to apply for.  A completed application and supporting documentation must be received by March 13, 2015 to be eligible for consideration.  Winners will be announced in late March.

2015 Continuing Education Stipend

2015 Texas Rural Healthcare Internship Stipend

2015 Texas MHA Scholarship Stipend

TORCH Annual Conference and Tradeshow April 9-11, 2014

The TORCH Annual Conference and Tradeshow was a huge success this year, with over 625 rural health care leaders and stakeholders in attendance.  We had representation from 110 member hospitals and over 130 exhibitors and sponsors.  Thank you to all who attended and helped to make this a fantastic educational event.

We have posted all the presentations from the educational sessions.  Please select the session title below to download the presentation.

Congratulations Randy Bacus, 2014 Gordon Russell Award Winner!

The Texas Organization of Rural & Community Hospitals (TORCH) announced that Randy Bacus, MBA, FACHE, LNFA, CEO of North Texas Medical Center, is the recipient of the 2014 Gordon Russell Merit Award. The announcement was made at the 2014 TORCH Annual Conference & Trade Show Awards luncheon, held last week in Dallas. “This award recognizes outstanding achievement by rural and community hospital administrators,” said David Pearson, president and CEO of TORCH. “TORCH is thrilled to put the spotlight on Randy Bacus for his hard work and dedication to health care and rural hospitals over the past 25 years.

Bacus has both a Bachelor and a Master of Business Administration from Texas Christian University (’73 and ‘76) and a Certificate in Long-Term Care Administration from Southwest Texas State University (‘94). He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and has been recognized several times for outstanding leadership by the ACHE, and has won the prestigious Shirley Ann Munroe Leadership Development Award given by the American Hospital Association in 2002.

His career includes over 25 years of experience in Healthcare Administration and is a licensed Nursing Facility Administrator as well. Randy held prior positions at both rural and urban hospitals, including 14 years as the CEO of the Colorado-Fayette Medical Center. Bacus has held leadership roles in both TORCH and THA and currently serves on the Board of Directors for TORCH Management Services, Inc., and HealthShare, Inc.  In addition to his volunteer service to many healthcare-related boards and organizations, he has also been active in local civic organizations, including Rotary Club, in each of the rural communities he has served.

In the nomination letter by John Henderson, CEO of Childress Regional Medical Center, he wrote, “Randy has spent most of his career working to maintain access and improve the healthcare services available in rural and underserved areas of Texas. He has clearly demonstrated his ability to lead with the same core values as the person whom originally inspired this award.”

“We applaud the selection of Randy by his peers for this noteworthy recognition. We hope that he will continue to provide leadership and direction to TORCH and rural hospitals for years to come,” Pearson added.

Gordon Russell, the award’s namesake, was the administrator of Hi-Plains Hospital for over 40 years and a former mayor of Hale Center, Texas.

Once again, congratulations to all of our award winners, especially our 2014 Gordon Russell Merit Award recipient, Randy Bacus.  And next year, we promise the TORCH Annual Conference & Trade Show will be even more special, because we'll be celebrating our own 25th Anniversary! So, mark your calendars now for April 7-9, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency in Dallas.





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