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TORCH Annual Conference & Tradeshow April 18-20, 2017

"Turning Change into Hidden Treasure"

We all know how complex healthcare has become and it's hard to ignore the unprecedented changes that have taken place in our country over the past year, but we're not done yet! 2017 is shaping up to be the monumentally challenging year we all thought it would. In order to protect and preserve your organization, you need not only to be on the forefront of innovation, but more strategic, more aggressive and more dynamic.

We contend that this is an ideal time for all rural hospitals to 'Turn Change into Hidden Treasure'.

Therefore, TORCH aims to use this year's Annual Conference as a forum to explore the opportunities that reside among our rural hospital members to capitalize operationally and financially; locally and regionally; economically and politically from a vastly changing and rapidly evolving healthcare market. The goal is to be sure that your leadership, trustees and staff can learn from one another and from recognized state and national experts who have a vision for the long-term success of rural healthcare.

Don't think of it as Survivor. Think of it as The Amazing Race! If you're willing to assume a little more risk and think strategically, this environment is ready to reward you. We formally invite you all to come and be a part of this year's TORCH Annual Conference and Trade Show and to take in the knowledge and education you need to get ahead in 2017, to network among your knowledgeable peers and to again make this event the cornerstone of a highly successful year for you, your hospital and your community. You can register for the event by clicking here

Once again, we are returning to the Hyatt Regency in the heart of downtown Dallas again. The hotel is located at 300 Reunion Blvd., Dallas, TX. The negotiated room rate is $164/night. The hotel does sell out quickly, so please make your reservations as soon as possible. You can reserve your room here

As you know, TORCH draws its strength from our many members and their dedicated support. Your participation in the TORCH Annual Conference and Trade Show as well as our other activities is always appreciated. Our overarching goal each year is to create a highly affordable and equally engaging educational opportunity that delivers a rural-friendly agenda and trade show experience with a special emphasis on helping you find solutions and improvements that will drop directly to the bottom line.

TORCH Annual Conference & Tradeshow – Annual Early Bird Golf Tournament

We have arranged a spectacular golf outing, sponsored by Texas Hospital Insurance Exchange (THIE) and TORCH Management Services, Inc. (TMSI), for the afternoon of Monday, April 17.

This event is only for hospital staff and corporate members registered to attend the 2017 TORCH Annual Conference. The golf tournament, benefiting the John F. Boff scholarship fund, will take place at the Tenison Highlands Golf Club. Get a sneak peek at this exciting new venue at www.tenisonpark.com

Registration fee to play golf is $99/pp. The registration fee also includes your lunch. You can register by clicking here.

Schedule of events for the golf tournament is as follows:

Noon - BBQ lunch served

12:30 - Warm-up begins

1:00 pm – Golf tournament begins

Apply Now for the 2017 TORCH Foundation Scholarships

Deadline: April 3, 2017

The TORCH Foundation is pleased to announce that the application process is now open for the 2017 MHA, Continuing Education and Internship Scholarships.

The TORCH Foundation 2017 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 2017 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 2017 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 April 3, 2017 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 19.

Registration is now open for 2017 Rural Health Advocacy Days.

With the 85th Texas Legislature going back into session in January, it is time to turn our attention to our state-level issues. Rural Health Advocacy Days are set for February 20-21 in Austin. Plan to make this a priority once again for yourself and your community to participate in this important event. Members are strongly encouraged to attend this meeting to bring increased awareness of rural issues to the members of the Texas Legislature and to give members a firm understanding of the content and techniques associated with this vital grassroots initiative. This is our opportunity to carry rural health issues to our elected Representatives and Senators. Our goal is to join together so we can share the rural message and call attention to a broader scope of issues. We need a large presence at the Capitol on February 21.Take action to protect your community by attending Rural Health Advocacy Days. As always, we thank you for your support and hope you will be able to participate in this important event.

To register for the 2017 Rural Health Advocacy Days, please click here. The host hotel for this year’s event is Austin Radisson Hotel & Suites, 111 East Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, TX 78701. TORCH has negotiated a room rate of $189. Please call the hotel directly at (800) 333-3333 and ask for the “TORCH” rate. The deadline for securing the reduced room rate is February 3, 2017.

Please click here for the program agenda.

Interested in sponsoring Rural Health Advocacy Days?

If you are interested in being a sponsor for the event, please contact Rose Valenzuela at (512) 873-0045. We have limited sponsorship opportunities available. Join forces with TORCH members to help make our presence known at the Capitol on February 21!

Interested in Exhibiting or Sponsoring at the 2017 TORCH Annual Conference?

For all TORCH Corporate members, exhibitor and sponsorship registration is officially open for the 2017 TORCH Annual Conference and Tradeshow. Registration for non-members officially opens January 3, 2017. A total of 106 booths are currently available. You can download a copy of the 2017 exhibitor prospectus by clicking here. Booths are assigned on a first come, first served basis. Payment must be accompany the exhibitor application in order to secure your requested spot. The tradeshow does sell out fast, so please make sure to get your application in as soon as possible. You can click here to see the available booths. This diagram is updated weekly. You can contact Rose Valenzuela @ (512) 873-0045 if you have any questions on exhibiting or sponsoring at the event.

The host hotel for this year’s event is the Hyatt Regency - Dallas, 300 Reunion Blvd., Dallas, TX. The negotiated room rate is $164/night. The hotel does sell out quickly, so please make your reservations as soon as possible. You can reserve your room here.

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.


 

 

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