In this issue:

From the CEO’s Desk

As the Texas Hospital Insurance Exchange continues to celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2015, I can’t help but think of that old saying, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” Over the years, THIE has expanded its product line to meet the needs of subscribers. Our staff has grown. We’ve moved offices. Our subscribers have changed as well; many have merged with or been acquired by other hospitals, and some, unfortunately, have closed. Despite all this change, most THIE subscribers are long-term clients. In 2014, we retained an astounding 98 percent of renewal quotes offered.

Thank you for your continued loyalty to THIE. I’m proud of the relationships we’ve developed with Texas hospitals over the years. Please remember that I’m always available to you if you’d like to share feedback or suggestions on how THIE can better serve you and your patients.

Tess Frazier
Texas Hospital Insurance Exchange

Subscriber Spotlight: Uvalde Memorial Hospital

On Thursday, May 14, Uvalde Memorial Hospital held its annual Health Quest community event to celebrate National Hospital Week. More than 1,200 junior high and high school students from around the area learned about the anatomy and physiology of the heart and brain with large inflatable interactive exhibits and explored eight other booths that highlighted various topics within their science curriculum. Other activities included the sixth annual wellness walk/run and presentations from the local police and game warden.

Learn and Laugh at THIE’s October Hot Topics Workshop

Hot Topics Workshops

Catch up on the latest news in health care while enjoying the Texas Hill Country at the Texas Hospital Insurance Exchange’s upcoming Hot Topics Workshop Oct. 8-9 at the Hangar Hotel in Fredericksburg. Offered at no cost to THIE subscribers, the workshop will feature sessions on the following topics:

  • Disaster recovery;
  • New regulations set forth by the Legislature;
  • The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ required steps for implementing a patient safety program;
  • Workplace violence, especially in terms of the new gun laws;
  • Health care and employment law;
  • Risk management, including a discussion on actual claims; and
  • Legal aspects of health care, such as emergency medical services.

On the lighter side, veterinarian Bo Brock will share his tales of doctoring beloved pets and cantankerous livestock during lunch, and the golf tournament at the Lady Bird Johnson Golf Course will offer a chance to network with colleagues. Register online today!

Meet the Newest Member of the THIE Team


Angie Merrell, RN, has joined the Texas Hospital Insurance Exchange as risk management advisor. She began her duties on June 22. Merrell has more than 15 years of nursing experience in the areas of administration, state public health, infection control and risk management. Most recently, she served as chief nursing officer of Stamford Memorial Hospital. She received her Bachelor of Science in communications from Texas Tech University and graduated from Covenant School of Nursing in Lubbock.

As risk management advisor, Merrell is responsible for providing THIE subscribers with risk management services in the areas of hospital professional liability, workers’ compensation and general liability. She also will assist with addressing critical trends and patterns in subscriber loss and implement educational programs to assist subscribers in these areas. You may contact her at amerrell@thie.com.

Share Your Successes at the THA Member Showcase

One of the things Texas Hospital Association members say they are most interested in is learning from colleagues through the sharing of great ideas and best practices. To help facilitate that, THA is accepting submissions for the 2016 Member Showcase, part of the THA 2016 Annual Conference and Expo Jan. 21-22 in Dallas. The Member Showcase allows hospitals and health care systems to share the great work that is making a difference for patients and employees at their facilities. Submissions are due Aug. 17. To learn more, go to the THA website.

Nominate a Colleague for a THA Award

Great work and great people deserve to be recognized. If you know of a colleague who is an outstanding example of a hospital administrator or a program or project at a Texas hospital that deserves to be recognized for its success, don’t miss your chance to submit a nomination for one of the Texas Hospital Association’s annual awards. These include:

  • The Earl M. Collier Award for Distinguished Health Care Administration, THA’s highest honor, which recognizes outstanding executives who have distinguished themselves through their contributions to the health care industry;
  • The Excellence in Community Service Award, which honors institutions that have demonstrated excellence in serving their communities and improving the health status of their citizens;
  • The Bill Aston Award for Quality, which recognizes a hospital’s measurable success in improving quality and patient outcomes through the sustained implementation of a national and/or state evidence-based patient care initiative (includes a category specifically for rural hospitals); and
  • The Pioneer Award, which honors a rural hospital administrator or CEO who demonstrates creative and innovative leadership in the organizations and communities served.

The nomination deadline for all four awards is Sept. 25. For more information on these awards, including selection criteria and nomination forms, go to the THA website.

Tess Frazier
Tess Frazier
Texas Hospital Insurance Exchange