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.

COVID-19 and TETAF Surveys

As TETAF continues to monitor COVID-19, the needs of our hospital partners and surveyors are our top priority. The TETAF and Texas Perinatal Services leadership has determined it would be in the best interest and safety of all to postpone all surveys scheduled through May 1, 2020.

TETAF and Texas Perinatal Services leadership will continue to actively monitor the status of COVID-19 through daily calls with the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and other organizations. TETAF will follow any recommended actions and adapt practices as needed.

Our survey coordinators will work to reschedule your survey at a later date. No rescheduling fee will be charged by TETAF. According to DSHS, designations will be extended as needed during the COVID-19 response and until we move back to normal operations.

TETAF and Texas Perinatal Services welcome you to contact us personally to discuss your concerns.

Brenda Putz - Vice President of Operations 
Carla Rider - Perinatal Program Director

Kathy Clayton - Survey Coordinator

Additionally, if you are not already receiving updates from TETAF, scroll down to the bottom of this page and sign up in the Keep Me Informed section.

COVID-19 Updates

CANCELLED: GETAC EMS Education Committee Meeting

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has cancelled the Governor's EMS and Trauma Advisory Council (GETAC) EMS Education Committee meeting scheduled for Friday, April 17 at 9:00 a.m. in Hurst.

CANCELLED: Texas EMS Educators Summit 2020

The Texas EMS Educators Summit scheduled for Friday, April 24 and Saturday, April 25 in Corpus Christi has been cancelled.

CANCELLED: Governor's EMS and Trauma Advisory Council Meetings

The Governor's EMS and Trauma Advisory Council (GETAC) meetings scheduled for May 20-22 have been cancelled.

American College of Surgeons Trauma Verification Program

All Trauma Verification program on site visits scheduled from March through the remainder of 2020 will be postponed as long as one year.

For questions, please contact the Trauma Verification staff at

POSTPONED: Society of Trauma Nurses Level IV Workshop

The Society of Trauma Nurses Level IV Workshop scheduled for May 2 at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa has been postponed. A new date for the course will be announced at a later time.

Visit for updates.

CANCELLED: 2020 Austin Trauma & Critical Care Conference

CANCELLED: The 2020 Austin Trauma & Critical Care Conference scheduled for May 27-29 has been cancelled. The conference will return in 2021. If you have paid for the conference, you will receive a full refund.

Please email with questions or concerns.

COVID-19 Resources

Please visit the Resources tab of this website.

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

TETAF supports the development of the state's trauma, emergency, and perinatal health care system by providing 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, maternal, and stroke surveys.

TETAF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Austin.

TETAF News Updates

Next Meeting of the TETAF Board of Directors

The next quarterly meeting of the TETAF Board of Directors will be Tuesday, May 19 at 4:00 p.m. via video conference.

DSHS Releases Timeline for Trauma Rule Revisions

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has released a timeline for the trauma rule revisions. View the timeline here.

Visit the Office of EMS-Trauma Systems website for additional information regarding trauma rules and stroke rules.

Texas Perinatal Services Program Now Scheduling 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, hospitals booking their first maternal care survey may be eligible for a $500 discount. Contact TETAF for details.

Upcoming TOPIC Courses

Trauma Outcomes and Performance Improvement Course

Interested in attending TOPIC? The next scheduled courses in Texas will be held on May 20 in Austin, July 9 in Arlington, August 19 in Austin, September 3 in Arlington, and November 21 during the Texas EMS Conference.

For more details and to register, click here.

Download the Latest Impact Report

TETAF has released the 2018-2019 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 Briefs


Six Leaders Elected to TETAF Board of Directors

TETAF welcomes three new individuals and three returning members to the TETAF Board of Directors after an election held by the General Assembly. The General Assembly is comprised of two…

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Affidavit Needed for Emergency Health Care Run Data

The Office of EMS Trauma Systems is asking EMS providers to submit an affidavit to attest that a good faith effort was made to submit calendar year (CY) 2018 emergency…

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Governor Appoints Five to the Governor’s EMS and Trauma Advisory Council

Five Texans accept new roles to the Governor’s EMS and Trauma Advisory Council (GETAC). Three of the appointees have served in vital positions with TETAF. Governor Greg Abbott appointed Dudley…

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Upcoming TOPIC Courses

Trauma Outcomes and Performance Improvement Courses February 27, 2019, Austin, Texas with the GETAC Committees Level IV TOPIC, February 18, Austin, with GETAC 8 am – 12 noon May 2,…

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RAC R Trains 700 at Santa Fe ISD to Stop the Bleed!

Member Spotlight: East Texas Gulf Coast RAC In 2016, the East Texas Gulf Coast Regional Trauma Advisory Council (RAC-R) committed grant funds to purchase Stop the Bleed Kits to place…

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Get Ready for the 2019 Legislative Session!

The 2019 legislative session is right around the corner and that means it's time for YOU to get involved! Step 1: VOTE! Election Day is Tuesday, November 6. On Monday,…

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Program Highlight

“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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