Serving the Texas Trauma & Emergency Health Care Community


TETAF has an outstanding team of credentialed surveyors trained to provide trauma, stroke, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), and maternal care 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 health care
for all Texans.

TETAF Strengthens the Trauma, Stroke, Neonatal, and Maternal Health Care System for Texans

The Texas EMS, Trauma & Acute Care Foundation (TETAF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports the development of the state's trauma, emergency, and perinatal health care system. TETAF provides designation surveys, advocacy, and educational opportunities throughout Texas.

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, stroke, neonatal, and maternal surveys.

TETAF Survey Update

TETAF believes on-site surveys are optimal to ensure compliance with the standards of care set forth in the Texas Administrative Code (TAC). Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, TETAF has implemented safety precautions to protect surveyors and hospital teams. TETAF always works with each of our hospital partner’s needs and can customize our on-site survey processes to adapt to the unique circumstances for that hospital during this time.

TETAF and our surveyors’ top priority is ensuring healthcare quality in our hospitals.

TETAF News Updates

TETAF Board of Directors Quarterly Meeting

The next quarterly meeting of the TETAF Board of Directors will be Tuesday, February 8, 2022. More details will be provided soon.

TETAF Board of Directors Election Results

During the December 16 TETAF General Assembly meeting, five nominees were elected to the 2022 TETAF Board of Directors with terms that will expire in 2025. The General Assembly voted to select from the entire slate of 11 nominees with the five highest votes elected to serve on the TETAF Board of Directors.

The individuals elected to the TETAF Board of Directors are:

  • Scott Christopher, BBA, BSN, RN, LP
  • Dan Little, MD
  • Rhonda-Manor Coombes, BSN, RN, TCRN
  • Kathy Perkins, RN, MBA
  • Danny Updike, RN, CCRN, EMT-LP

New to the TETAF Board of Directors are Dan Little and Rhonda Manor-Coombes. Scott Christopher, Kathy Perkins, and Danny Updike will return to the TETAF Board for another term.

TETAF would like to thank our departing board members Nilda Garcia, M.D. and Angela Gentry, RN, MSN, TCRN for their years of commitment and service to the TETAF Board of Directors.

New TETAF Board officers will be elected during the meeting in January. More detailed information about the new members will be included in the upcoming TETAF January newsletter. If you are not signed up for our newsletter, visit the TETAF news page.

Program Spotlight

Stop the Bleed national campaign

A person who is bleeding can die from blood loss in as little as 5 minutes. Therefore, bystander intervention can be crucial to saving a life.

TETAF supports Stop the Bleed nationally and in Texas. TETAF encourages all trauma and emergency healthcare leaders to utilize these free resources.

Upcoming TOPIC Courses

Trauma Outcomes and Performance Improvement Course

For more details and to register, click here.