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NWTHA Convention Presentations

Thank you to all those who attended the 2016 Northwest Texas Hospital Association Convention in Abilene. We hope you had an enjoyable time and here are all the presentations from our speakers for this year.

Thursday, August 11

Telehealth Policy in 2016: Big Changes Ahead

Population Health Soup: Where Do We Go Next

Legally Speaking with a Texas Accent

How to pull the Cyber Liability, Equipment Maintenance switcheroo

A Fist Full of Dollars Financial Update

Taking Pharmacy to the Next Level

Friday, August 12

The Advocacy Express News From Under the Dome

An I.T. Security Showdown

The New Hacking Frontier

Registration is Now Open for the 2016 TORCH Leadership & Management (TLMI) Conference & Retreat

What does it mean to 'Aspire'? The dictionary definition is "to yearn or have a powerful or ambitious plan, desire, or hope."

We are all guilty of associating aspirational leadership with well-known and accomplished business owners like Gates, Dell, Bezos and Musk. However, as we pull back the layers of the meaning of this simple word, it becomes clear that each of us have some personal goals that we aspire too, that are more meaningful than mere money and fame.

Do you aspire to be a great leader and to help your hospital soar to great heights? Do you aspire to be a better manager or supervisor? Do you aspire to be more self-aware and more compassionate toward your patients? Do you aspire to walk in a spirit of true excellence? Do you aspire to being a person of great integrity and character? Do you aspire to being a better parent, partner or friend?

If so, we hope that you will join us for the TORCH Leadership & Management Institute (TLMI) Conference & Retreat, September 15-16, 2016 at the beautiful Horseshoe Bay Resort & Spa on Lake LBJ. Throughout the course of the event, we hope to help you to identify your own personal aspirations and to provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to bring your personal and professional goals to fruition.

We are also excited to announce that anyone registering for TLMI is eligible for a BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE promotion that will allow you the opportunity to send multiple staff from your facility! This deal is perfect for leadership teams who are planning to attend. So don't miss out on the savings and please contact Quang Ngo or Carrie Ruiz with any questions at (512) 873-0045.

We hope you will all plan to join us at this year's TLMI event and to help us answer this very important question, "What do you 'Aspire' to?". Please click here to register.

Please note: The TLMI conference will be held at the beautiful Horseshoe Bay Resort & Spa, located at 200 Hi Circle North, Horseshoe Bay, TX 78657. Rooms are $149/night. You must reserve your room by September 1, 2016 to secure this rate. You can register for your room on-line by clicking here. Please click here to download a copy of the program agenda and don’t forget to secure your room reservations before the September 1, 2016 deadline

Now Accepting Nominations for TLMI Leadership Awards

TORCH is now accepting nominations for the TORCH Leadership Management Institute Leadership Awards. There are two award categories you can nominate for. The first is the Essence of Leadership Award for someone who has demonstrated outstanding leadership, service and contribution in healthcare, and who has made a significant impact in his or her organization and community. The second award is the Leadership Culture Award where you can nominate a high-performing team, department or a healthcare organization that has worked successfully together for the betterment of the organization, patients and the community they serve. These awards are a great way to highlight achievements for your staff and organizations so please take a moment to submit before the deadline of August 26, 2016. Nomination forms can be sent to Carrie Ruiz or faxed to (512) 873-0046.

CAH Conference Presentations

TORCH would like to thank all of our Critical Access Hospital members, exhibitors and sponsors for your participation in this year’s Critical Access Conference and Tradeshow. This event was a huge success and we look forward to hosting it again at the beautiful Hyatt Lost Pines Resort and Spa June 27-28, 2017.

Tuesday, June 28th

CAH Market Analysis and Macroeconomic Trends

Balance is Bull$%*&!: Defining Priorities to Find Peace of Mind

Key Drivers of Critical Access Hospital Financial Performance

The Impact of Value Based Payment on Cost Control Reimbursement

Targeting Zero: Developing a Culture of High Reliability

Wednesday, June 29th

Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility (Flex) Program Updates and Opportunities

Expanding Quality to Enhance the Viability of Your Hospital

Market Influencers and Challenges Facing the 340B Drug Pricing Program for CAH

Operational Strategies for Managing the Critical Access Hospital Swing Bed Program

And That's A Wrap!

TORCH would like to thank all of our hospital, endorsed vendors and corporate members for attending the 2016 Annual Conference and Tradeshow. This year's conference broke record attendance with over 700 total attendees and 100 individual member hospitals represented. We appreciate everyone taking time out of your busy schedules to attend this educational and networking event. Your participation and engagement is crucial to our success and we thank our hospital members and vendors for joining us. Please save the date for April 18-20, 2017 as we will be back at the Hyatt Regency Dallas next year and hope to see you there.

Patrick L. Wallace, FACHE 2016 Gordon Russell Merit Award Recipient

Each year, the Texas Organization of Rural & Community Hospitals honors a rural hospital administrator who embodies the true spirit of superior service to their local community. In recognition of nearly 40 years of service in health care and to rural hospitals, including executive leadership positions at rural hospitals in Athens, Graham and Palacios, Patrick Wallace has been named the recipient of this year's Gordon Russell Award of Merit.

This award exists to recognize outstanding achievement by rural and community hospital administrators and for their leadership and dedication to the profession. 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.

Since 1988, Patrick has been the current administrator for ETMC Athens in Athens. Prior to joining ETMC Athens, he spent 10 years as administrator for Graham General Hospital in Graham. He was also the administrator for Wagner General Hospital is Palacios. Prior to Wagner General Hospital, he was an administrative resident at Bexar County Hospital District in San Antonio.

Patrick received his Bachelor of Science degree from Southwestern University in Georgetown and then his Master of Science Degree from Trinity University in San Antonio.

His professional activities include being a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, American Hospital Association Regional Policy Board 7, Rural or Small Hospitals Constituency Section Governing Council and the Task Force on Ensuring Access in Vulnerable Communities Rural Subcommittee. He is also the Past Chairman of the Texas Hospital Association. Patrick is also on the executive committees of the Texas Center for Rural Health Initiatives, Texas Office of Rural Community Affairs and Texas Department of Rural Affairs (SORH).

TORCH Annual Awards

TORCH is pleased to announce the following award winners at the 2016 TORCH Annual Conference & Tradeshow:

TORCH Founder's Award - Connie Berry

HealthSure TORCH Light Award - Otto Kaiser Memorial Hospital

TMSI Endorsed Partner of the Year - Southwest Medical Associates

20 Year TORCH Corporate Member - Texas Hospital Insurance Exchange

10 Year TORCH Corporate Member - Merritt Hawkins

John F. Boff Memorial Scholarships - Ashley R. Evans and Sarah Tucker

Continuing Education Stipend Awards - Billie Bell, Renee Castillo, Sonia M. Castro, Cary Shane Keys, April M. Monroe, Phillip Smith

MHA Scholarship Award - Rhett D. Fricke

TORCH Outgoing Board Plaques - Bill Barnes, Jack R. Endres, JD, FACHE, John Henderson, Grady Hooper, Chuck Norris

TORCH Conference Presentations

Tuesday, April 26th

Population Management...It Does Take a Village - The Eight Challenges We Face

Federal Advocacy Update from the DC Front Lines

State Legislative/Election Update

Wednesday, April 27th

The Future of Texas' Rural Hospitals: What the Data Tells Us and New Models for Preserving Access to Care

Taking it to the streets: The Intersection Between Public Health and Population Health

New Weapons for Your War on Cost

Drivers for Healthcare Technology Investment

How to Find Your Next Super Star Biller/Collector

Instituting a Highly Effective Physician Compliance Program

How Hospital Districts Can Leverage State Pricing to Adopt Cloud-Based Services

Home Health Roundtable Discussion

The Rural Experience as Seen from Elsewhere

"Beware:Ransomware Attacks Healthcare"

Thursday, April 28th

2016 Legal Issues Update

"True Grit":Paves Way to A Brighter Future

NAIP Stories from Rural TeleHealth Pilot Participants

Texas Rural Hospital Map

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



Happy National Rural Health Day from TORCH!
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Increasing Value in Health Care from a Rural Perspective
Its Time for DSH Audits in Texas
Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP) Grants DUE MARCH 6


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