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Serving the Texas Trauma &
Emergency Healthcare Community


TETAF has an outstanding team of credentialed surveyors trained to provide trauma, stroke and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) designation surveys throughout Texas.


TETAF offers a variety of educational opportunities throughout the year and is an approved provider of continuing nursing education and EMS continuing education.


TETAF provides testimony, advises lawmakers and actively pursues legislation to provide the best trauma and emergency healthcare for all Texans.

TETAF Was Created to Help Improve the Trauma and Emergency Healthcare System for All Texans.

TETAF was created to support the development of the state trauma and emergency healthcare system and provides designation surveys, advocacy and educational opportunities throughout the state.

TETAF was granted authority by the Texas Department of State Health Services in 2008 to provide verification surveys for Level III and Level IV designated trauma facilities, and in 2009 the first TETAF staff was hired to begin fully implementing TETAF’s mission. TETAF is now approved to perform trauma, NICU and stroke surveys.

TETAF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Austin.

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TETAF Hot Topics & News

TETAF Seeking Applications for Perinatal Program Manager Position

Under the direction of the TETAF Director, the Perinatal Program Manager will support TETAF in the further development and maintenance of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) survey process, the Maternal Child (MATCH) survey process as defined by the rule and the education service line as it pertains to NICU and MATCH education and/or program development.

More information and a list of job requirements is available online. Resumes may be sent to Brenda Putz at bputz@tetaf.org.

Associate Commissioner Kathy Perkins to Retire, TETAF Thankful for Her Service

Department of State Health Services Associate Commissioner, Division for Regulatory Services, Kathy Perkins has announced her retirement effective November 30, 2016. In her 27+ years working for the state, Ms. Perkins has worked tirelessly to support and advocate for the trauma and emergency healthcare system.

“Kathy’s legacy will long be felt and her shoes will be impossible to fill,” said TETAF CEO Dinah Welsh. “She has truly made a difference in the lives of so many Texans.”

In her announcement, Ms. Perkins encouraged all of her colleagues to “continue the great work that you are doing and the advocacy for public health. What we do for the citizens and visitors of this state every day is often unrecognized or not appreciated, but we know in our hearts that it is truly important.”

Ms. Perkins is a friend and colleague to many and will be missed greatly by the TETAF community.

Texas Perinatal Services Program Scheduling Surveys for 2017

TETAF’s Texas Perinatal Services Program, an approved Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) surveying entity by the Texas Department of State Health Services, is now scheduling for 2017 surveys.

Requests for Survey can be submitted through our services page. More information on TETAF survey services is available here. Additional NICU resources are also available in the TETAF Resources Library.

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