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

Don't Miss Your Opportunity to Participate in Trauma, Stroke Rule Revisions

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has scheduled additional stakeholder meetings to review the state rules regarding trauma and stroke designation. These meetings are a continuation of the previous rule review meetings over the past few years and will utilize the following resource documents:


Meetings have been scheduled for Longview, Austin, Weslaco, Corpus Christi, San Antonio, Arlington and Houston. Full meeting details are available online.

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.

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.

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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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