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) nonprofit organization based in Austin.

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TETAF Hot Topics & News

DSHS Schedules Rule Review Meetings for Trauma, Stroke, Maternal Care Informational Sessions

UPDATE: DSHS will utilize the following resource documents  TRAUMA  STROKE

The Department of State Health Services has scheduled stakeholder meetings to review and take comment on the state rules regarding trauma and stroke designation for revision. In addition, DSHS will host stakeholder meetings on the new maternal care rule for hospitals seeking state designation.

Dates have been set for El Paso, Lubbock, Amarillo and Temple. Additional meetings around the state will be scheduled soon.

More details are available on our blog here.

Texas Perinatal Services Program Now Scheduling NICU and Maternal Care Surveys – Save $500!

TETAF's Texas Perinatal Services Program, an approved surveying entity by the Texas Department of State Health Services, is now taking requests for both NICU and maternal care surveys.

We have a large team of surveyors available and will work with your facility to accommodate your preferred dates.

In addition to our already low, nonprofit pricing, we are now offering a $500 savings per hospital that utilizes Texas Perinatal Services for both their NICU and maternal care surveys.

Download the Latest Impact Report

TETAF has released the 2015-2017 impact report, detailing the actions and accomplishments of the foundation over the past few years.

Download the full report for an update on service lines, educational outreach, advocacy and financials.

News from the Blog


DSHS Schedules Stakeholder Meetings: Trauma, Stroke, Maternal Care

The Department of State Health Services has scheduled stakeholder meetings to review and take comment on the state rules regarding trauma and stroke designation for revision. UPDATE: The state will be working... Read More »

Keeping Kids Safe in Vehicles This Summer

Today is the first day of summer and already 16 children have died in hot cars this year. This is completely preventable and injury prevention advocates today are spreading the... Read More »

TETAF Testifies on Upcoming DSHS Budget Proposal

TETAF would like to thank those who attended the DSHS legislative appropriation request (LAR) hearings around the state on Monday. TETAF CEO Dinah S. Welsh was joined by speakers Darrell... Read More »

House Appropriations Committee Reviews Impact of Hurricane Harvey

The House Appropriations Committee met yesterday to examine the use of federal funds by state agencies responding to the effects of Hurricane Harvey and identify opportunities to maximize the use... Read More »

ASPR Updates Guidance on EMTALA & Disasters

The United States Health & Human Services, Office of the Assistance Secretary for Preparedness and Response, has recently updated their fact sheet on EMTALA and disasters. EMTALA is a federal law... Read More »

DSHS to Host Stakeholder Meetings on 2020-2021 Budget

On Monday, June 11, the Department of State Health Services will host an opportunity for stakeholders to comment on the upcoming legislative appropriations request (LAR). While there is no guarantee... Read More »

Program Highlight

Just Drive Social Media Campaign

TETAF has launched a social media campaign as part of the Just Drive injury prevention initiative. Like us on Facebook at: Just Drive TETAF and follow us on Twitter: @JustDrive_TETAF. Check out the social media guide to learn how you can help spread the work via social media. Read more about the campaign and how to get involved and access campaign materials.

“This was my third trauma survey and it was by far the most informative. [The surveyor] really assisted me with understanding the DSHS trauma requirements.”

Childress Regional Medical Center

"The surveyor was great. I learned so much during the survey process from her."

Little River Hospital Rockdale

“Definitely a great educational opportunity with a very knowledgeable surveyor.”

Brownfield Regional Medical Center

“[Our surveyor] was very thorough in her evaluation process; open and honest. Gave feedback that will help our trauma program continue to grow.”

Christus Jasper Memorial

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