RACs

RACs Receive Additional Contract Funding

Although appropriators indicated last session the Regional Advisory Councils (RACs) would receive level funding for FY 18 and 19 contracts with the state, actual FY 18 appropriations were significantly less – some RACs saw a cut of more than 40%. Even more concerning, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) indicated there may not…

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RAC-G Partners to Host Successful Hypertension Conference

On September 22, the Piney Woods Regional Advisory Council partnered with the Texas Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke Partnership to host a successful hypertension conference in Tyler. Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, is a significant risk factor for heart disease and stroke affecting 29.5 percent of Texans. This conference served to educate the public…

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SETRAC Coordinating Hospital Staffing Assistance

SETRAC has been asked to develop a strategy to provide needed staffing assistance to healthcare facilities and clinics in and around the Houston area.  They have established an online process to allow healthcare providers and staff that wish to assist in this unprecedented response. SETRAC has persons assigned to match volunteers with the needs of…

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Hospitals Operate Through Storm

The following appeared in the Victoria Advocate on August 28, 2017. Just when the storm was beginning to rage Friday, Citizens Medical Center doctors had to perform a major emergency surgery. The county-owned hospital cared for 87 patients throughout the storm, delivered one baby and continues to see emergency patients, said Marketing Director Jennifer Schulte.…

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CBRAC Works 24 Hours a Day to Coordinate Operations

The Coastal Bend Regional Advisory Council, based in Corpus Christi, worked 24/7 for the past week to assist first responders and medical personnel responding to Hurricane Harvey. The operations center provided real-time updates on closures, available resources and needs within the community. CBRAC also serves as the lead for Emergency Medical Task Force-11, which provides rapid…

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Hospital Preparedness Program Funds Boost Efforts

Federal Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) funds have historically helped prepare the state for natural disaster response. However, President Trump has proposed cuts to HPP, as well as two other medical preparedness programs. The following appeared today in the New York Times: Those programs helped establish emergency medical task forces that have dispatched ambulances, personnel and…

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Fox4: North Texas First Responders Head South

Fox4 in Dallas-Fort Worth recently highlighted the North Central Texas Trauma Service Area Regional Advisory Council (NCTTRAC) and the North Texas first responders heading south to assist in the Hurricane Harvey recovery. The video is available online here.

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Neonatal Designation Q&A Sessions

The Department of State Health Services will host two upcoming Q&A sessions on the neonatal designation process. Thursday, May 18 TSA J, Texas J RAC Odessa Regional Medical Center East Auditorium 520 E. 6th Street Odessa, Texas 7976 12 PM – 4 PM Monday, May 22 TSA U, Coastal Bend RAC, Driscoll Children’s Hospital 3533…

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Neonatal Designation Q&A Sessions

The Department of State Health Services will host two upcoming Q&A sessions on the neonatal designation process. Thursday, May 18 TSA J, Texas J RAC Odessa Regional Medical Center East Auditorium 520 E. 6th Street Odessa, Texas 7976 12 PM – 4 PM Monday, May 22 TSA U, Coastal Bend RAC, Driscoll Children’s Hospital 3533…

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