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TORCH Honors Rural Texas Hospital Leaders with Awards

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

The Texas Organization of Rural & Community Hospitals (TORCH) announced winners of their 8th Annual TORCH Leadership & Management Institute (TLMI) Awards. These awards were presented during a luncheon at the conference held on January 22-23 in Lakeway. The two awards presented include the Essence of Leadership Award and the Leadership Culture Award.

“There are great leaders across Texas that are growing their rural hospitals and ensuring that their care is top-notch for their communities and region,” said David Pearson, president and CEO of TORCH. “TORCH is proud to have this opportunity to recognize their accomplishments and put the spotlight on their dedication in paving the way for rural health.”

The 2014 TLMI Award winners are:

  • David Conejo, CEO of Red River Regional Hospital in Bonham, Texas, Essence of Leadership Award – This award recognizes an individual 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 award winner was nominated for his high level of initiative and dedication to the organization’s goals, visions and purpose. Under his leadership the hospital remains fiscally strong, and is in the process of securing an orthopedic surgeon, provides diabetes education to the public, provides inpatient and outpatient geriatric services, utilizes the latest technology including telemedicine and is working towards becoming one of the first critical access hospitals in the state to receive stroke certifications. 
  • Mitchell County Hospital District Physical Therapy Department in Colorado City, Texas, Leadership Culture Award – This award recognizes an accomplished team or organizational culture that has worked successfully together for the betterment of the organization, patients and the community they serve. The team is made up of three physical therapists: Jamie Alvarez, Marsha Drummond, and Cliff Shiller. The Mitchell County Hospital District Physical Therapy Department was nominated because of their positive energy, enthusiasm, and compassionate care without fail. Their vigor and love for their job and patients is contagious and manifests itself in the glowing reviews patients have bestowed upon them.

TORCH Foundation Celebrate Another Silent Auction Success

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

The recent 2012 TORCH Foundation Silent Auction was a huge success and we would like to thank everyone who donated and participated in the bidding. There were a number of great items up for auction and together we were able to raise over $6,500 this year. This money will be used to fund a variety of scholarships and stipends to support rural health care staff and students. Already this year, scholarships have been awarded to five deserving individuals.

The award recipients so far in 2012 are:

·Kyle Toomey from Texas A&M received the 2012 Texas MHA Scholarship.

·Monte Bailey received the 2012 Texas Rural Healthcare Internship Stipend. Monte is interning at Parmer Medical Center.

·Sarah Clure from North Texas Medical Center received the 2012 Continuing Education Stipend.

· Veronica Harris from Family Medical Center with Limestone Medical Center received the 2012 Continuing Education Stipend.

· Jeff Prukop from Jackson County Hospital District received the 2012 Continuing Education Stipend.

Congratulations to all the award recipients and be sure to look for future announcements regarding scholarship opportunities available through the TORCH Foundation.

Also, applications are currently being accepted for the TORCH Healthcare Fellowship Program. This special training initiative for working health care professionals will provide the opportunity for a core-group of emerging leaders to participate in a year-long program of educational and networking events. A small stipend will be provided to attend three-to-four key conferences, both state and national, work with the staff and leadership at TORCH and participate in a capstone project to be presented at the TORCH Leadership and Management Institute. If you are interested, please contact Quang Ngo or Dawn Haberkorn at the TORCH office for an application.

Gordon Russell Merit Award Winner Announced

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

Each year, the Texas Organization of Rural & Community Hospitals honors a rural hospital administrator who embodies this spirit of superior service to their local community. In recognition of two decades of service in healthcare and to rural hospitals, including executive leadership positions as well as CEO of Muenster, Athens and Jacksonville, Jack Endres has been named the recipient of the 2012 Gordon Russell Merit Award.

This award exists to recognize outstanding achievement by rural and community hospital administrators for their leadership and dedication to the profession. Gordon Russell, the award’s namesake, was the administrator of Hi-Plains Hospital for more than 40 years and a former mayor of Hale Center, TX.

TORCH President/CEO, David Pearson, congratulated Jack for receiving TORCH’s highest honor. “Jack was selected from his peers because of his dedication he has exhibited in the practice of rural hospital administration throughout his career, his involvement in the leadership of TORCH as a Board member and former Chairman and his commitment to his family, employees and the communities he has served.”

Endres is currently approaching his fourth year as administrator of ETMC Jacksonville. He has 20 years experience in Hospital Administration and another six years practicing law in Dallas. Before taking the position in Jacksonville, Jack was Associate Administrator of ETMC Athens and CEO of Muenster Hospital District for the first ten years of his healthcare career.

Jack has a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin (’82) and a JD from the SMU School of Law along with a Master of Laws in Taxation from the New York University School of Law (’86). Jack is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. He enjoys his family, karate and following his children’s college careers and travels abroad.

Jack was an outspoken leader for TORCH and served as its Chairman from 2002 to 2004. In addition to Jack’s extensive service on the boards of both TORCH and TORCH Management Services, he has served on the THA Board of Directors, on the Rural Council on Administration and several other councils and committees. Jack has also been active in the local civic organizations of whichever communities he has served.

In the nomination letter by Mike Click, RN, CEO of Brownfield Regional Medical Center, he wrote, “When I think of my experiences with TORCH leadership and active participation in health care activities, I can always picture Jack Endres being passionate and engaged. I hope and trust that you fully agree that Jack is deserving of this award.”

We applaud Jack’s selection for this prestigious recognition. We hope that he will continue to provide leadership and direction to TORCH and rural hospitals for years to come.

167 Hospitals Recognized for Raising Quality of Care, inc. 23 TORCH Hospital Members

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Texas Health Care Quality Improvement Awards honor hospitals for notable gains on key components of patient care and treatment

TMF Health Quality Institute announced today that 167 Texas hospitals (including 23 TORCH Hospital Members) had won a Texas Health Care Quality Improvement Award by achieving gains in key clinical areas designated as national health care priorities. The Award recognizes hospitals that undertake efforts to advance the quality of care in their facilities. Leaders from each hospital will meet in Austin on May 3 at Bass Concert Hall to receive their awards.

“As a nonprofit consulting company focused on promoting quality health and health care, TMF proudly recognizes these hospitals for promoting improvement activities and their senior management for promoting a quality culture,” said Tom Manley, CEO of TMF Health Quality Institute. “Quality improvement is a complex and demanding process, and we thank these hospitals for their commitment to improving the health of Texans and the efficiency of health care in our state.”

TMF Health Quality Institute, the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Texas, established the awards program in partnership with the Texas Hospital Association, Texas Medical Association, Texas Organization of Rural & Community Hospitals and Texas Osteopathic Medical Association.

Hospitals self-nominate for participation in the non-competitive program and agree to focus on making improvements in clinical areas that include acute myocardial infarction or AMI (heart attack), heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. Improvement in these areas has been designated a priority for U.S. health
care by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and The Joint Commission, an independent, non-profit, standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.

Of 214 Texas hospitals participating in the awards program, two met the criteria of the highest award, the Gold Award, and another 129 earned the Silver Award. Thirty-six hospitals’ improvement qualified them for the Bronze Award. A list of the TORCH-honored hospitals is provided below. For a full list, please visit the TMF Health Quality Institute awards web site.

For more information on the awards, see the TMF Health Quality Institute awards web site.

SILVER AWARDS (14)
Childress Regional Medical Center, Childress
Connally Memorial Medical Center, Floresville
Graham Regional Medical Center, Graham
Hill Country Memorial Hospital, Fredericksburg
Matagorda Regional Medical Center, Bay City
Moore County Hospital, Dumas
Mother Frances Hospital Jacksonville, Jacksonville
Reagan Memorial Hospital, Big Lake
Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital, Sweetwater
Scott & White Hospital – Brenham, Brenham
Scott & White Hospital – Llano, Llano
Seton Edgar B. Davis Hospital, Luling
Seton Highland Lakes Hospital, Burnet
Wise Regional Health System, Decatur

BRONZE AWARDS (9)
Bowie Memorial Hospital, Bowie
Columbus Community Hospital, Columbus
East Texas Medical Center Jacksonville, Jacksonville
Hamilton General Hospital, Hamilton
Lavaca Medical Center, Hallettsville
Madison St. Joseph Health Center, Madisonville
North Texas Medical Center, Gainesville
Smithville Regional Hospital, Smithville
Yoakum Community Hospital, Yoakum

TORCH recognizes 2011 HITCON Awards recipients

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Earlier this month, TORCH and the TORCH Foundation hosted the 2011 Rural Hospital Information Technology Conference and Trade Show (HITCON) in San Antonio, Texas.  It was a great conference and we had yet another opportunity to talk with our members, friends, and industry partners.

For those who were not in attendance, please join us in congratulating the recipients of the 2011 HITCON Awards, recognizing outstanding HIT achievements in Texas rural hospitals. This year’s recipients are:

Rural Hospital IT Award of Excellence

Ballinger Memorial Hospital

Ballinger, Texas

Faith Community Hospital

Jacksboro, Texas

Rural Health IT Leadership Award

B.C. Lee, IT/PACS Manager

Limestone Medical Center

Chad Reinert, IT Director

Hamilton Healthcare System

Rural Hospital Outstanding HIT Partnership Award

Crane/Rankin/Big Lake Consortium

Jim Buckner Named Outstanding Rural Hospital Administrator

Sunday, November 6th, 2011

Each year, TORCH honors a rural hospital administrator who embodies this spirit of superior service to their local community. In recognition of two decades of service in healthcare and to rural hospitals, including CEO at Eagle Lake, Cuero and Uvalde, Jim Buckner has been named the recipient of the 2011 “Gordon Russell Merit Award.” This award exists to recognize outstanding achievement by rural and community hospital administrators 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, TX. Mr. Buckner was selected for his dedication to rural hospital administration, his active involvement in TORCH as a former Board member and Chairman, as well as many other civic and professional contributions.

Mr. Buckner is currently in his sixth year as administrator of Uvalde Memorial Hospital. He has twenty years experience in Hospital Administration and another ten years in public health and education. Before taking the Uvalde position, Jim was at Cuero Community Hospital for eight years and Eagle Lake for another five.
Jim has a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University (1976) and a Master of Science degree from University of Houston – Clear Lake (1989). He enjoys his family, church service, the Rotary Club, fishing, camping, and playing golf.

Jim was an outspoken leader for TORCH and served as its Chairman during the time that the founding CEO, John Boff passed away and the organization transitioned to new leadership. From an EMS volunteer to his service on the boards of TORCH, THA, and the AHA Regional Policy Board, Jim has worked hard to be sure his community has the best access to quality hospital and physician services.

In the nomination letter by John Henderson, CEO of Childress Regional Medical Center, he wrote, “It’s not an overstatement to say that small hospitals and rural patients across Texas have benefitted from Jim’s service.”