FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 11/06/2013
Rep. Four Price Receives Texas Rural Hospital TORCHbearer Award
Amarillo, TX --- The Texas Organization of Rural & Community Hospitals (TORCH) presented State Representative Four Price today with the Texas Rural Hospital TORCHbearer award for his legislative efforts in support of Texas rural hospitals. The presentation was part of the Coalition of Health Services' board meeting in Amarillo.
"Texans residing in rural communities face a number of unique challenges when it comes to health care. One such challenge is timely access to hospital services. Whether it is providing emergency care or a scheduled medical procedure, rural hospitals impact the quality of life in a positive manner for many Texans," Price said. "I am grateful to the Texas Organization of Rural & Community Hospitals for their support during this past session while we worked together on legislation that continues to keep the doors of our rural hospitals open. I look forward to continuing those efforts with TORCH in the future."
As part of his dedication to health care, Price passed a number of bills during the 2013 Legislative Session to improve the delivery of health care services. One such bill, House Bill 729, provides for greater patient safety protection by allowing hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities to obtain more comprehensive criminal background information on employees, contractors, and volunteers who have access to patients or residents. House Bill 729 was signed into law in June of this year.
Representative Price serves on the House Appropriations Committee and the Committee’s health care subcommittee, which is responsible for helping develop the health and human services portion of the state's budget. Price also serves as a member of the Sunset Advisory Commission, which will examine the Health and Human Services Commission and related agencies in 2014.
TORCH is an organization of rural and community hospitals, corporations, and interested individuals working together to address the special needs and issues of rural and community hospitals, staff and patients they serve. For more information on TORCH's goals, please visit www.torchnet.org.
Contact: Jacquelyn Greenwood