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Interested in Exhibiting at the 2016 TORCH Annual Conference and Tradeshow?

The exhibitor prospectus for the 2016 TORCH Annual Conference is now available and registration is open for all TORCH Endorsed and Corporate members. The 2016 Annual conference will take place April 26-28, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Dallas. For over 25 years and with over 150 rural and community hospitals located throughout the state, this is the premier source for quality education and networking opportunities. If you are interested in securing your spot at this event, please contact Rose Valenzuela at (512) 873-0045 or via email at This tradeshow will sell out, so please reserve your spot early. Beginning January 1st, vendor registration and sponsorship will be open to both members and non-members until all booths and sponsorships are sold. For an updated diagram of the tradeshow, including booth availability, please click here. This diagram will be updated weekly.

Please note: If you need to register additional attendees from your company, please click here to register them.

TORCH Board Approves the Formation of a TORCH Clinical Care Organization (CCO)

This year we are very excited to be in the midst of a rollout of an important new initiative for TORCH and its members around population health. Our board recently approved the creation of a Community Care Organization that we'll be standing up in 2016.

The Opportunity:

You have the chance to get in on the ground floor of this effort to move rural hospitals in Texas from a 'Fee-for-Volume' to a 'Fee-for-Value' system. Our hope is that our members will want to become a part of this groundbreaking effort to create a fully-integrated, population-based rural healthcare delivery system in Texas that is TORCH-led and Texas-specific.

The Timing:

Any facility that returns their Letter of Intent and initiation fee between now and December 31st will become a 'Founding Member' of the TORCH CCO. Becoming a Founder will ensure that you are involved in the initial decision making and also be included in our Chronic Care Management and Transition Care Management Programs at the earliest possible opportunity.

Want To Know More About the TORCH CCO?

Over the next couple of months, TORCH will be sending out a lot of information about the TORCH CCO. We will be posting information on the TORCH CCO to our website, email distribution channels and in our Rural Matters publication. Click here for a brief white paper on the TORCH CCO.

Congratulations to the 2015 HITCON Award Winners!

Rural Hospital IT Award of Excellence
Award Recipient: Columbus Community Hospital, Columbus, Texas

Rural Health IT Leadership Award
Award Recipient: Anthony Lovato, CIO, Coon Memorial Hospital, Dalhart, Texas

Now Available for Download - The 2014-2015 TLMI Fellows Capstone Project

Rob Samsel, from North Texas Medical Center, SuLynn Mester, from Childress Regional Medical Center, and Melissa DeLaGarza, from Hamilton Healthcare System, have successfully completed the 2014-2015 TLMI Fellows program. As part of their fellowship, they participated in a capstone project which focused on the impact a rural hospital closure has on the community. Their capstone project will be used by TORCH and other rural health organizations during the 2015 advocacy efforts at both the state and federal level. Click here to download a copy of the capstone project. Congratulations to Rob, SuLynn and Melissa for a job well done!

Texas Rural Hospital Map

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



Happy National Rural Health Day from TORCH!
Rob Thomas Named the 2015 Gordon Russell Merit Award Recipient
Quorum Report: Against Backdrop of Proposed Tax Cuts; Rural Hospital Closures Accelerate
RCMH Advises TORCH-Member Hospitals on Controlled Substances Registration
Texas Rural Hospitals Standing By To Serve Our Veterans
Increasing Value in Health Care from a Rural Perspective
Itís Time for DSH Audits in Texas
Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP) Grants DUE MARCH 6


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April 26-28, 2016
Hyatt Regency Dallas, Dallas, TX
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