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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!

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's Texas Critical Access Conference and Trade Show!

Conference Presentations:

2017 CAH Financial Update

Cost-Based Payment in the New Value-based Economy

An Update from the Texas Health & Human Srvcs Commission

Using Huddles for Touchdowns in Quality

The Cost of Prevention Harm and It's Impact to Your Organization

Rural Hospitals Rock!

Legislative Update - What Just Happened

Rebooting Communication in our Hospitals

Thank You for Another Great TORCH Annual Conference!

TORCH would like to thank all of our hospitals, corporate members, vendors, sponsors and speakers who participated in this year’s annual conference. The meeting was a great success, and we owe it to you! Below you can find a link to some of the presentations. Additionally, please save the date for next year’s conference. It will be held April 3-5, 2018 at Hyatt Regency Dallas. See you in next year in Dallas!

2017 Conference Presentations:

General Session:

B. Christianson - Trends Impacting Healthcare Executives in 2017

Stephen Jacob - Breaking News on Healthcare

K Reed, J Claymon - Keeping it Legal in 2017

Breakout Sessions:

Kathy Baker - Antibiotic Stewardship

Terry Hill - Strategic Thinking

Early Bird Exhibitor Registration for the 2018 TORCH Annual Conference Ends June 2, 2017

If you attended the 2017 TORCH Annual Conference and Tradeshow you are eligible to pre-register and select your exhibit space for the 2018 Annual Conference and Tradeshow. Payment must be accompany the exhibitor application in order to secure your requested spot. The tradeshow does sell out fast, so this is an opportunity for you to secure a premium location. If you are interested, please contact Rose Valenzuela @ (512) 873-0045. Early bird exhibitor registration ends June 2, 2017.

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



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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
Its Time for DSH Audits in Texas


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