Archive for September, 2013

HITCON Program Announced, Don’t Miss This Event!

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

TORCH and the TORCH Foundation will host the 9th Annual Rural Hospital Information Technology Conference & Exhibition (HITCON) on October 17-18, 2013, at the Embassy Suites Hotel Convention Center & Spa in Frisco.

Information technology is synonymous with change in the healthcare industry and is deeply integrated in every major aspect of the delivery of care. HITCON will cover many hot IT topics of interest to hospitals and providers including: key technology trends shaping the future of healthcare; security of health IT systems and patient data; demystifying health information exchange; and patient engagement-challenges and patient data. Download the full program by clicking here. Register for HITCON here.

We’re also seeking nominations for the 2013 HIT Awards. These awards will be presented during the HITCON Awards Luncheon on Thursday, October 17. Click here to apply or nominate a facility for the Rural Hospital IT Award of Excellence.Click here to apply or nominate a consortium or network for the Outstanding HIT Partnership Award. Click here to apply or nominate an individual for the Rural Health IT Leadership Award.

**Please note, the deadline to reserve your room at the conference rate is October 8. You can get the special TORCH rate ($129) by calling the hotel directly at 972-712-7200 or online. Reserve your room today!**

Please Complete the 2013 TORCH Salary and Benefit Survey!

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

It’s time for the 2013 TORCH Rural and Community Hospital Employee Salary Survey and the 2013 Rural and Community Hospital Administrator/CEO Salary Survey. Also, you’ll see we added a new survey for the 2013 TORCH Employee Benefits Report. Please take the time to fill out that section as well. We have decided not to gather the information on hospital wages and salaries electronically this year. The aggregation of the data electronically was too unwieldy and it wasn’t making the process any more efficient. Lastly (and added emphasis on this part), in order to make the data we provide back to you as meaningful as possible, we need to maximize the participation by all of our member hospitals this yearClick here to download the survey.

Your completion and return of these surveys by September 15, 2013 is significant to the success of the overall survey effort. Once the survey data is received from the participating hospitals, it will be analyzed and the results will be provided to each participant at no cost. It is planned once again that the results of both surveys will be made available on an overall basis for the State and that the employee (non-CEO) survey data will be reported on a regional basis as well.

Please note that the data to be provided is designed to be used as an informational guide in reviewing salary and wage levels at your hospital and should only be considered as one input into any compensation decision that is made. That said, your participation is needed and greatly appreciated!

Again, please scan and return your completed survey form by September 15,2013 to or you can mail a hard copy to the TORCH Office, Attn: 2013 Salary Survey. Please be aware, that once the tabulations of the data and analysis have commenced, following the due date, additional survey data cannot be used and the submitting institution will be considered a non-participant. So send your data in ASAP.


  • Use the job summaries to match your job titles to those in the survey and then enter the total FTEs, lowest and highest hourly rates paid for that title as defined in the survey. This job matching process is very important!
  • If you do not have a job that matches the job in the survey, then please skip the data entry for that job title.
  • If there are situations where certain job titles in the survey are merged into a single job at your facility determine the primary job title match and make notification of the other job titles involved on the survey form.

If you have any questions concerning these surveys or wish to discuss the process in any way, please feel free to call me or call Joe Rogers at Human Resources Healthcare Consultants, 254-778-9455. Both Joe and I are looking forward to record participation in this year’s TORCH Salary Surveys.