Governor’s EMS and Trauma Advisory Council (GETAC) Air Medical and Specialty Care Transport Committee Meeting Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Agenda

May 24, 2022 - 4:00 pm

Holiday Inn Austin Midtown, Hill Country Rooms A and B
6000 Middle Fiskville Road, Austin, TX
United States

This meeting will be conducted live and virtually through Microsoft Teams.

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Registration must be completed no later than 5:00 P.M., May 19, 2022.

Lynn Lail, RN, LP, Chair
Shawn Salter, RN, Council Liaison
Jorie Klein, RN, Joseph Schmider, DSHS

Call to Order/Roll Call – Lynn Lail, RN, LP, Chair

Reading of the GETAC Vision and Mission Statements – Lynn Lail, Chair

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.

Reading of the Air Medical and Specialty Care Transport Committee’s (AM & SCTC) Statement of Purpose – Lynn Lail, Chair

To collaborate with individuals and organizations to promote and enhance the overall safety, quality of service, and level of care to patients being treated and transported by air medical and specialty care transport providers.

Review and approval of February 9, 2022 AM & SCTC meeting minutes – Lynn Lail, Chair

GETAC Chair comments – Alan Tyroch, MD, GETAC Chair

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:

  1. Reports from AM & SCTC members assigned to attend other committee meetings – Committee Members
  2. Discussion and review of a Safety Moment – Committee Members
  3. Discussion on Conflict of Interest – Jorie Klein, MSN, MHA, BSN, RN,
  4. Discussion on “lessons learned” from the COVID response with regards to the transport environment – Committee Members
  5. Update from the Taskforce assigned to begin reviewing Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 157 Rules, Emergency Medical Care, Subchapter B Emergency Medical Care Services Provider Licenses: §157.12 Rotor-wing Air Ambulance Operations and §157.13 Fixed-wing Air Ambulance Operations – Taskforce Members
  6. Discussion on National Performance Measures for Pediatric Transport – Committee Members
  7. Discussion on the EMS Quality Improvement, Patient Safety Overview presentation – Committee Members
  8. Update regarding the creation of a core Air Medical Incident Support Team (MIST) group concept – Jim Speier, NREMT-P
  9. Discussion, review, and recommendations for initiatives that instill a culture of safety for responders, caregivers, and the public with a focus on operations and safe driving practices – Committee Members
  10. Review the GETAC Strategic Plan for the Texas Emergency Healthcare System and determine if any additions, deletions, or corrections are in order – Committee Members
  11. Initiatives, programs, and potential research that might improve air medical and specialty care transport service provision in Texas – Lynn Lail, Chair

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

Summary of action items for GETAC meeting report – Committee Members

Announcements – Lynn Lail, Chair

Review and list agenda items for next meeting – Lynn Lail, Chair

Next meeting date – Lynn Lail, Chair

Adjournment – Lynn Lail, Chair

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., May 19, 2022. 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., May 19, 2022, 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 Crystal Beard at 737-270-0202 or at least 72 hours before the meeting so appropriate arrangements can be made.