The Texas EMS, Trauma & Acute Care Foundation (TETAF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Austin. TETAF supports development of the state trauma and emergency healthcare system by providing verification surveys for trauma and stroke facilities, legislative advocacy and educational opportunities throughout the state.
TETAF was created after the Texas Legislature passed laws prohibiting the state from providing services offered by other entities, even national entities. In the case of the trauma designation process, the state turned to the American College of Surgeons to provide verification surveys for all levels of trauma centers. In 2006, concerned with the high cost of ACS survey services, the Texas trauma community – with strong support from the 22 Trauma Service Area Regional Advisory Councils (RACs) – launched the Texas EMS, Trauma and Acute Care Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. TETAF provides operational support and helps fill the gap when federal, state and local governments and private entities cannot provide services on a statewide basis. 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 was also approved to provide Level III stroke verification surveys in 2010. And in 2015, TETAF was approved to provide NICU verification surveys, which are currently under development.
By our accountable stewardship and leadership, the people of Texas will have an exemplary and accountable EMS, trauma and acute care system.
The Texas EMS Trauma & Acute Care Foundation’s mission is to minimize the human suffering and economic cost created by health-related emergencies, traumatic injuries and crisis events in Texas.
The Texas EMS, Trauma & Acute Care Foundation is solely supported through tax-deductible donations, subscription fees, survey fees and educational program fees.
Brian Eastridge, MD
Acting Vice Chair
Raj Gandhi, MD
Craig Rhyne, MD