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Register Now For HITCON17!

Registration is now open for this year's HITCON17 Conference, the only conference in Texas dedicated solely to rural Hospital Information Technology. With the accelerated use of information technology systems and the growing number of devices and applications working within a complex, multi-layered network environment, the same forces that enable new efficiencies are also opening doors to new and emerging vulnerabilities like never before! The IT threat landscape is today's newest healthcare battleground. HITCON is a premiere education and networking event and solutions marketplace designed specifically for rural and community hospitals and clinics. These session topics are of critical financial, operational and clinical relevance to all rural hospitals and providers and address many of the challenges facing your IT Departments every day.

We hope you will make plans to join us! Please click here to register.

Click here to download and print the agenda.

Please note, the deadline to reserve your room at the conference rate is October 11, 2017. You can get the special rate ($151) by clicking here

We look forward to seeing you in San Antonio!

TORCH 2018 Annual Conference & Tradeshow

Registration is now open for the TORCH Annual Conference & Tradeshow. This year's conference agenda will include advocacy, financial and operational topics that are relevant to the issues facing our rural hospitals today. Early bird registration ends March 21, 2018. Please click here to register. We will be uploading the official conference agenda soon.


We encourage all attendees to make their room reservations as soon as possible to ensure availability. Please click here to book your reservation by the hotel cutoff date of March 21, 2018. Room rate of $179/night (single/double) is guaranteed for all TORCH attendees.

Exhibitors & Sponsorships:

The 2018 Exhibitor Prospectus will be posted on line November 1. All endorsed vendors and current corporate members are currently eligible to reserve their exhibit space and sponsorships at this time. Click here for a current map diagram and available booths. All booths in yellow have been sold. Please note: the tradeshow will sell out. Please make sure you reserve your booth early. Please contact Rose Valenzuela @ (512) 873-0045 or via email at for more information.

Foundation Silent Auction and Raffle:

We are currently accepting donations for the Foundation Silent Auction and Raffle. All proceeds from the event are allocated to the Foundation Scholarship Fund. The TORCH Foundation is a 501c(3). All donations are tax deductible. Please contact Carrie Ruiz @ (512) 873-0045 or via email at if you are interested in participating in the event.

A big thank you to all of our hospitals and clinics that attended the TORCH Leadership Management Institute (TLMI) Conference.

Based on all of your feedback, this was one of our best conferences yet. We truly appreciate you all taking the time out of your facilities to join us. For those of you who were unable to attend, you can get copies of the presentations below. Also, please make sure to pick up a copy of our Fall Rural Matters, as many of the presenters have contributed to this edition.

Allyson Young - Accidental Excellence

Dusty Thompson - How to Grow Your Own Leaders…in the Boonies.pdf

Geoff Tumlin - Optimum Performance

Geoff Tumlin - Optimum Performance Handouts

Shana Merlin - Improv for Business

Steven R. Jolly - Are We Walking Billboards or the Walking Dead

TORCH Launches Advocacy Campaign to Save Texas Rural Hospitals

To help spread the word to our Legislature and Congress about the issues facing Texas Rural Hospitals, TORCH has been running an awareness campaign in the Austin American Statesman. We are hopeful it will send a message that rural hospitals need to be paid fairly to remain open and that our existence is beneficial to more than just the people that live in our local communities. Our Texas rural hospitals treat people from all across the country. The demonstration of our national impact in the Austin ad is with a map of the US showing where patients came from that went to the ER in Van Horn over a one year period. It is very interesting. You can click here to view the ad.

As part of our awareness campaign, TORCH has offered to customize an ad for you to place in your local newspapers using your local information of the home states/countries of your 2016 ER admissions. If you are interested in TORCH preparing an ad for you, contact Carrie Ruiz at the TORCH office at (512) 873-0045 or via email at You will need to provide the state and/or country of everyone that presented at your ER during the calendar year period. You will receive a full page color and black and white advertisement, as well as, a jpg file for use in community and board presentations.

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.

CAH Texas Network Map 2017



Texas Syndromic Surveillance (TxS2) system - important deadline January 27
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


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