Archive for February, 2012

TORCH Contracts with Gulf Coast and North Texas RECs

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

TORCH is pleased to partner with the Gulf Coast Regional Extension Center and the North Texas Regional Extension Center as an enrollment partner.

The RECs provide several services to their clients including Initial Practice Assessment, Vendor evaluation, Workflow design, Implementation Project Reviews and Post Implementation Reviews. Additionally, there are education opportunities and technical assistance available.

These valued services are available to qualified hospitals and providers. For more information, you may contact Wendy Wacasey at the North Texas REC and at the Gulf Coast REC contact Sharyn L. Smalls.

For more detailed information you may find each RECs brochure here:

Links to their websites and for the Texas RECs website are:

2012 TORCH Annual Conference and Trade Show Registration

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

This year’s theme ‘Working Together To Improve Rural Healthcare’, focuses on finding ways to join forces with one another to help rural hospitals and other healthcare providers achieve even greater success. The constantly changing landscape of rural healthcare requires knowledge, data, vigilance and collaboration. As hospitals continue to deal with issues related to reimbursement, workforce, technology and quality, we must work together to find the right solutions to ensure our future viability. Throughout the 2012 TORCH Annual Conference & Trade Show, we will explore each of these opportunities in great depth in order to help rural hospital executives, trustees and other stakeholders succeed both financially and operationally.

Also this year, for the first time in a very long time, we will be at a brand new venue. A block of rooms is reserved for TORCH conference participants at the Omni Hotel Dallas. Please call the hotel directly at 214-744-6664 before March 12 for reservations. The special conference rate is $159.00 (single/double) before the deadline. All programs and facilities are accessible to the handicapped. If you require assistance or have special dietary needs, please contact the conference office at 512-873-0045 prior to the beginning of the conference.

As always, quality education sessions and networking opportunities for rural hospital leaders and decision-makers are scheduled throughout the event. We feel that this is what makes the TORCH Annual Conference & Trade Show truly distinctive. The knowledgeable professionals that are invited to speak and represent their companies are certain to provide you with all of the skills and advice you need. Best of all, they’re all here in one place, at one time. Never has protecting and improving your facility been so convenient and affordable.

Please plan to be a part of the largest TORCH event dedicated exclusively to rural & community hospital administration, finance, education and advocacy. We promise that by attending the 2012 TORCH Annual Conference & Trade Show, you are making an investment that will pay dividends in the months and years ahead. We invite you to come prepared to learn, network and discover how by working together with TORCH and other providers, we can strengthen rural healthcare for many years to come.

The conference agenda and registration form are available below or you can register online. Thank you for your participation and we’ll be seeing you at the new Omni Hotel Dallas!