Governor’s EMS and Trauma Advisory Council (GETAC) Trauma Systems Committee Meeting Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Agenda

May 25, 2022 - 2:30 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.

To access the online meeting, click on the link below and register.
Registration must be completed no later than 5:00 P.M., May 19, 2022.

Stephen Flaherty, MD, Chair
Jeff Barnhart, Brian Eastridge, MD, Alan Tyroch, MD, Council Liaisons
Elizabeth Stevenson, RN, DSHS

Call to Order/Roll Call - Stephen Flaherty, MD, Chair

Reading of the GETAC Vision and Mission Statements - Stephen Flaherty, MD, 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.

Review of Committee Priorities - Stephen Flaherty, MD, Chair

  1. Monitor trauma rules process
  2. Assess rural trauma gap
  3. Facilitate Regional Advisory Councils (RAC) development (Lori Robb)
  4. Monitor trauma center designation process (Trauma and Emergency Healthcare Advocacy - TETAF report)

GETAC Chair Comments - Alan Tyroch, MD, GETAC Chair

Trauma Center Spotlight - Stephen Flaherty, MD, 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. Trauma rules recommendations (work group report) - Stephen Flaherty, MD Chair
  2. RAC development update (Robb)
  3. Data collection update
  4. Discussion on developing an assessment of the Texas Trauma System
  5. Conflicts of Interest Discussion - DSHS

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

Summary of action items for GETAC meeting report - Committee Members

Announcements - Stephen Flaherty, MD, Chair

Review and list agenda items for next meeting - Stephen Flaherty, MD, Chair

Next meeting date - Stephen Flaherty, MD, Chair

Adjournment - Stephen Flaherty, MD, 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.