Governor’s EMS and Trauma Advisory Council (GETAC) Emergency Medical Services Committee Meeting Agenda

November 21, 2021 - 10:30 am

Hilton Austin Hotel, Salon H
500 East 4th Street
United States

Governor’s EMS and Trauma Advisory Council (GETAC) -
Emergency Medical Services Committee Meeting
Department of State Health Services (DSHS)

November 21, 2021
10:30 A.M.

Hilton Austin Hotel, Salon H
500 East 4th Street
Austin, Texas 78701

Ryan Matthews, LP, Chair

Judge Mike DeLoach, Chief Robert Isbell, Ryan Matthews, LP, Rudy Rudolph, Dudley Wait, LP, Council Liaisons
Joseph Schmider, Jorie Klein, RN, DSHS

Call to Order/Roll Call – Ryan Matthews, LP

Reading of the GETAC Vision and Mission Statements – Ryan Matthews, LP

GETAC Vision:
A unified, comprehensive, and effective Emergency Healthcare System.

GETAC Mission:
To promote, develop, and advance an accountable, patient-centered Trauma and Emergency Healthcare System.

Review and approval of June 2021 meeting minutes – Ryan Matthews, LP

Presentation of Certificates to Off-going Members – Ryan Matthews, LP

EMS/Trauma Systems Update – Jorie Klein, MSN, MHA, BSN, RN, EMS/Trauma Systems Director; Joseph Schmider, State EMS Director

Discussion and possible action on the following items – Committee Members

  1. Update on process for EMS rule revision – Joseph Schmider, DSHS
  2. SB 1876 amendment to Texas Administrative Code Title 25, Section 157.11 (preference to the emergency transfer of a dialysis patient) – Joseph Schmider, DSHS
  3. Culture of safety: Lights and sirens – Robert Fox, LP
  4. Initiatives, programs, and research that might improve EMS – Ryan Matthews, LP
  5. Senate Bill 8, 87th Legislature, 2021, $21.7 Million for EMS Recruitment and Retention – Joseph Schmider, DSHS
  6. Mission and Vision Statement Committee – Ryan Matthews, LP
  7. Review the GETAC Strategic Plan for the Texas Emergency Healthcare System and determine if any additions, deletions, or corrections are in order – Committee Members

General Public Comment
(Comment time may be limited at Chair’s discretion)

Summary of action items for GETAC meeting report – Committee Members

Announcements – Ryan Matthews

Review and list agenda items for next meeting – Ryan Matthews, LP

Next meeting date – Ryan Matthews, LP

Adjournment – Ryan Matthews, LP

Public Comment: The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) welcomes public comments pertaining to topics related to Emergency Health Care. Members of the public are encouraged to participate in this process by providing written public comment to DSHS by emailing no later than 5:00 P.M., November 17, 2021. Please include your name and either the organization you are representing or that you are speaking as a private citizen. Written comments are limited to three minutes and will be read during the meeting for consideration by the Council. The request must contain your name, the name of the organization you represent or that you are speaking as a private citizen, and your direct phone number.

Public comment is limited to three minutes. Speakers must state their name, affiliation, and on whose behalf they are speaking. Public members who are using handouts are asked to provide an electronic copy in accessible pdf format that will be distributed by DSHS staff to Council members, state staff, and for public distribution. Handouts are limited to two pages of documentation (paper size: 8.5” by 11”, one side only). Handouts must be emailed to DSHS no later than 5:00 P.M., November 17, 2021, and include the name of the person who will be commenting.

Note: These procedures may be revised at the discretion of DSHS.

Contact: Questions regarding agenda items, content, or meeting arrangements should be directed to Jorie Klein, DSHS, 512-535-8538, or

People with disabilities who wish to attend the meeting and require auxiliary aids or services should contact Jorie Klein at 512-535-8538 or at least 72 hours before the meeting so appropriate arrangements can be made.