TETAF | Texas EMS, Trauma & Acute Care Foundation
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Texas EMS, Trauma & Acute Care Foundation


Texas EMS, Trauma & Acute Care Foundation


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.

TETAF Funding

The Texas EMS, Trauma & Acute Care Foundation is solely supported through verification survey fees, subscription fees, educational program fees and tax-deductible donations.

Foundation Bylaws

The TETAF General Assembly voted unanimously on November 19 to approve revised bylaws for the Foundation.

Meet Our Team

Dinah Welsh, TETAF CEO, Lead Advocate

Dinah Welsh

Chief Executive Officer

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Brenda Putz

Vice President of Operations

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Courtney DeBower

Advocacy & Communications

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Carla Rider

Perinatal Program Manager

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Kathy Clayton

Survey Coordinator

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Debbie Nichols

Finance & Administration

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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.


  • Increase public awareness regarding the impact of health emergencies, traumatic injuries, crisis events and develop effective strategies that reduce the incidence of these events in a statewide collaborative manner.
  • Enhance and integrate pre-hospital, resuscitation, stabilization acute care, rehabilitation and healthcare community resources for emergencies, traumatic injuries, crisis management, professional education and injury prevention.
  • Foster access to the appropriate level of emergency healthcare, trauma care and community crisis management through public and provider education.
  • Enhance and integrate pre-hospital, medical, acute care and rehabilitation resources for research and advances in trauma and emergency healthcare.
  • Establish mechanisms that promote state growth in healthcare, trauma care, crisis management and injury control through grant writing and acquisition of public and grant support.
  • Ensure advances in care across the age spectrum from pediatric to geriatric as well the geographic boundaries from the very rural and remote areas of Texas to the very large metropolitan areas of Texas.

Key Objectives

  • Provide resources to assist providers in the system to implement the Strategic Plan for the Texas Emergency Healthcare System.
  • Provide educational programs to enhance the knowledge, skills and expertise of providers in the trauma and emergency healthcare system.
  • Promote system development in all regions of the State of Texas.
  • Provide resources to support public education and injury prevention programs in the State of Texas.
  • Provide resources to support public education and prevention strategies for acute care in the State of Texas.
  • Review system outcome measures to define needed improvements in the healthcare delivery system for the State of Texas.
  • Provide research opportunities that promote evidence-based standards of care for the system.
  • Ensure that acute care providers, in every region, are prepared to respond to all hazards with the resources, workforce and communication links to support the system.
  • Ensure that every region is prepared for all patient populations through education, resources and specialized care needs.