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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.

Save the Date…the TORCH 2014 Event Calendar is Out!

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Torch save the date

Download and print the calendar by clicking here.

Make Plans to Attend the Inaugural TORCH Membership Call

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Thank you for your continued support and membership with TORCH in 2013. Your continued involvement and active participation in our association’s activities helps us to ensure that we are addressing the special needs and issues of our rural and community hospital members. As you are all aware, your membership includes numerous benefits that are available through TORCH and TORCH Foundation. However, we recognize that you may not know about ALL that we have to offer.

Therefore, to further enhance your membership benefit, we will be initiating an ongoing monthly TORCH Membership Call to allow us to stay better connected with you and your needs. Furthermore, we intend to use this monthly session as an opportunity to keep you connected with us by providing useful and important information on TORCH-related programs, upcoming events and other topics. We would like to encourage you to use this call as a forum to give us feedback regarding our existing programs and services as well as to share any ideas, thoughts and suggestions you might have. We welcome your participation and feedback.

Please set a reminder on your calendar for the second Tuesday of every month at 11:00am starting on April 9, 2013.

The general format will be as follows:
• Providing up-to-date information on TORCH programs/services, upcoming events and other topics (recommended for TORCH Hospital executives, leadership staff and other hospital staff)
• Specific information and updates on TORCH Foundation’s IT support services and HIT programs (recommended for TORCH Foundation members and hospital IT Staff)
• Open forum for Q&A and discussion

Call-in Information:
Date: Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm CDT
Dial-In: 888-537-7715 Pin: 87300455#

For questions or for assistance, please contact Dawn Haberkorn or (512) 615-6275. Please note that these monthly calls will be recorded and available should you have a scheduling conflict. Please note, this is a Hospital-Only Membership Call.

TLMI Leadership E-tip #1:
Olympic Coach Mentality

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Greetings Torch members! In the coming months, I will be sharing a variety of leadership and staff engagement ideas from my keynote, Lead in High Definition at the Annual Conference and the TLMI Institute. In this issue I’ll begin with one of my favorites, High Definition Leaders embrace the “Olympic Coach Mentality.”

Just like Olympic coaches, High Definition leaders believe it’s a privilege and honor to serve and lead their team and will do everything possible to help their “athlete” or team succeed. I’m sure you agree it doesn’t take special talent to simply perform tasks and complete reports. It does, however, take real skill and dedication to motivate, develop and raise team performance. Just like Olympic coaches committed to helping their athletes win the gold, here are six proven strategies you can use to lead in high definition.

1. Set clear goals and expectations for each team member.

2. Provide the training and skills they need to perform well.

3. Be sure to observe, provide coaching and offer specific feedback.

4. Offer words of praise, recognition and appreciation for any improvements, no matter how big or small.

5. Do not tolerate mediocrity or excuses – hold people accountable for results.

6. Know the dreams, goals and aspirations of each team member.

So now you have the secrets Olympic coaches use to create an exceptional team. By using the above six strategies, you will be equipped to lead in HD and create a team of High Definition People®. The good news is High Definition People® clearly see what they can do to positively impact the patient experience and raise your HCAHPS scores!

In fact, I’d like to recognize Linda Rasor and her great team at Castro Valley Health Care. In our recent leadership program the managers committed to using a more structured coaching process to engage and develop their team members.

TIP – Ask your staff to imagine they are an Olympic athlete and you have been retained as their coach to help them win a Gold medal. Then ask, “what do you expect me to do for you each week to help raise your performance?” Listen carefully to their answers as they will signal exactly what they need to be a top performer.

As a new corporate member, I’m here to serve you as a resource. Please let me know how I can help with any team building, leadership or staff programs. I’ll be in Texas soon!

“Outstanding job Barbara! You were by far the highest rated speaker in our staff development and leadership series. Your energizing and idea-packed session, ‘Engage Staff, Deliver Service, Dream Big’! was the perfect message to get everyone to take ownership and accept responsibility for patient satisfaction and their own work and life satisfaction. The comments on our staff evaluations were full of praise and superlatives!”
– Jeanne Wilson, Manager, Training and Development, Slidell Memorial Hospital

Barbara Sanfilippo
High Definition People®
Author of “Dream Big! What’s the Best that Can Happen?”

The Texas Hospital Home Health Association Annual Conference Is Coming Up Quickly

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Time is running out to join your colleagues from across the state in this education conference for hospital-based home care programs offering vital topics and up-to-date information specifically for hospital home health care directors, nurses and hospital administrators. This annual THHHA education conference is for rural and urban hospital-based home care programs only. Topics typically focus on home health administration, operations, patient care, finances, staffing and management. The short format allows hospital and home health executives to get enough education to satisfy the annual requirements through DADS and to ensure organizational viability as a department or affiliate of the hospitals and communities they serve.

The 2012 THHHA Education Conference will take place on May 10-11, 2012 in Downtown San Antonio. The cost for the event is $150 for THHHA-member hospitals and home health agencies and $180 for non-members. The registration fee covers all conference sessions, CNE Certificate, course materials, refreshments and luncheon. Hotel rooms are still available at the Holiday Inn San Antonio Riverwalk, 217 N. St. Mary’s Street, San Antonio, TX 78205. The special conference guest room rate is $107 (single/double). Please call the hotel directly to reserve your room at 210-224-2500. Be sure to mention THHHA Education Conference to confirm that you are receiving the group rate, since the deadline has now passed. Click here for detailed program information and registration information.

TORCH Coding Workshop (AHIMA CEUs Offered)

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

On December 6, 2011, we will be holding a TORCH Coding Workshop at the Doubletree Hotel in Austin! This event is intended for rural hospital coders and staff interested in gaining valuable information, updates and education on both ICD-9 and ICD-10 Coding, as well as ICD-10 Compliance.

Taught by certified codrs, you will receive a day of expert instruction! In addition to the outstanding educatioen you will receive, we have worked with the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) to offer AHIMA continuing education units (CEUs) for this workshop! See the Program Brochure/Agenda for more information. Register today!

Reserve your hotel room before November 25th to receive the special conference rate of $89 per night for a single/double. You can reserve your room online or call the hotel directly at 800-866-3126. Hotel garage parking is complimentary for workshop participants. The Doubletree Hotel is located at 6505 N. IH-35, Austin, TX 78752.

Hospitals & Students:

Registration for EHR Incentives is Now Open

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

The start of the new year marks the start of registration for health care professionals and providers wanting to take advantage of electronic health record incentives. The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is now registering Texas health care providers who are integrating certified electronic health record technology into their practices.

“Registration with CMS is step one in the process,” said Kathleen Costello, who is helping coordinate the Texas electronic health record incentive program. “Once the provider takes that first step, CMS will pass that provider’s information to us and from that point, HHSC will be responsible for enrolling the provider, verifying eligibility and clearing the way for the incentive payments.”

HHSC plans to begin enrolling health care providers registered with CMS starting in February, with the first incentive payments scheduled for May 2011.

Individual health care professionals eligible for the incentives can be:

  • Doctors (MD or DO)
  • Dentists
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Certified nurse midwives
  • Some physician’s assistants

These health professionals have to show they have adopted certified electronic health record technology and successfully demonstrate “meaningful use” of electronic health records in ways that improve quality, safety and effectiveness of patient care. Eligible professionals can receive up to $44,000 over a five-year period through the Medicare incentive program and up to $63,750 over a six-year period through the Medicaid incentive program. HHSC has made available an online tool health professionals can use to help determine which incentive program — Medicare or Medicaid — they might be eligible for.

“One of the criteria for determining which incentive program the professional is eligible for is patient volume,” Costello said. “To be eligible for the Medicaid incentive program, they have to show a certain percentage of their encounters are with Medicaid patients.”

HHSC will be sharing more information about health professional eligibility and the enrollment process during two free webinars scheduled for Feb. 3. [Download PDF]

A separate webinar with information about hospital eligibility is in the planning stages.

To prepare for registration with CMS, the agency recommends providers — health professionals and hospital representatives — familiarize themselves with each incentive program’s requirements by visiting CMS’ website for the programs. Additional resources also are available at the HHSC’s Health Information Technology website.