HITCON14 Conference & Exhibition
TORCH and the TORCH Foundation will host the 10th Annual Rural Hospital Information Technology Conference & Exhibition (HITCON) on October 9-10, at The Westin Dallas Park Central.
HITCON will cover many topics of interest to hospitals and providers including:
- Health IT Leadership - Achieving the Connected Community, the Connected Patient
- Current and Emerging Legal and Compliance Issues in Health IT
- Best Practices in Navigating EHR Mergers, Acquisitions, Dissatisfaction
- Successful Use Cases for Affecting Patient Engagement
- Health Information Exchange - Pie in the Sky or Practical/Achievable Application
- Topical Roundtable Facilitated Discussions
- CIO Leadership Forum
Download the full program here. To register online please click here.
Hotel Special Rate Deadline: October 1st
Please note, the deadline to reserve your room at the conference rate is October 1st. You can get the special TORCH rate ($135) by calling the hotel directly at (888) 627-7032 or online via this link. Reserve your room today!
Nominations Open for the HIT Awards
We're seeking nominations for the 2014 HIT Awards. These awards will be presented during the HITCON Awards Luncheon on Thursday, October 9. Click here to apply or nominate a facility for the Rural Hospital IT Award of Excellence. Click here to apply for the Outstanding HIT Partnership Award. Click here to apply for the Rural Health IT Leadership Award. Award nominations must be received by September 26.
HITCON Exhibitor Information
TORCH invites your organization to participate in the 2014 HITCON Conference as an exhibitor and/or sponsor. Strategically place your sales force in front of the people who make and influence hospital-buying decisions. Your exhibit and sponsorship at this event helps you reach the right people, make the important connections, and establish and maintain lasting relationships.
There are a limited number of booth spaces available. Click here to review the exhibitor and sponsor opportunities at HITCON. Click here to download the exhibitor/sponsor registration form.
Please send the completed form with payment (no later than September 26, 2014) to: TORCH, PO Box 203878, Austin, TX 78720-3878. Please make checks payable to TORCH Foundation. If paying by credit card, complete the information on the back of the registration form.
TRHA Annual Conference and Tradeshow
The Texas Rural Health Association will be holding its 2014 Annual Conference in downtown Fort Worth, November 16-18 and we're again inviting a broad audience of stakeholders to discuss the many challenges that rural health care providers and rural community leaders are facing.
Our theme is 'A Rural Health State of Mind.' It takes a special commitment and dedication to help preserve the rural way of life and healthcare is foundational to a thriving rural community. This year we will explore the many facets of success among rural health providers and programs and also how implementing best practices can help drive the improvement of health and increase community support and engagement in rural areas. When people are in the right state of mind, they can do remarkable things! We invite you to come and learn, network and celebrate National Rural Health Day with TRHA.
Please click here for registration information.
The University of Texas Health Northeast will present two, seven-hour agricultural medicine training programs in conjunction with the Texas Rural Health Association. The objective of this program is to train a broad array of health providers with the basics of anticipation, recognition, diagnosis, treatment, and most importantly, the prevention of occupational and environmental illnesses and injuries within Texas rural and agricultural communities. Continuing Education provided for this training will include Continuing Medical Education credits for MD and DO, Continuing Nursing Education credits and CE for DVM.
Please click here for registration information.
We look forward to seeing you in November! If you have any questions, please contact Gina Richardson (512) 873-0045 or via email at email@example.com.
Hotel Special Rate Deadline: November 7
Please note, the deadline to reserve your room at the conference rate is November 7. You can get the special TRHA rate ($139) by calling the hotel directly at (817) 870-2100. Reserve your room today!
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 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.