ACS announces major changes to trauma center verification:

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) has announced that it will permanently discontinue in-person site visits for trauma center verification. Starting in 2021, all verification visits will be conducted remotely in a virtual format. ACS leaders also reported that they will soon finalize major revisions to the college’s trauma center standards.

All Trauma Verification Site Visits Will Be Virtual:

The upcoming changes were previewed during the 2020 TQIP Annual Scientific Meeting and Training, which took place online December 7-10. During the “New Approach to Verification” session, leaders of the Verification Review Committee (VRC) explained the new site visit process and outlined several changes to trauma center requirements. All trauma verification site visits will be virtual After the ACS suspended verification site visits in March 2020, the VRC developed plans to restructure the review process for remote technology. The VRC then piloted a virtual site visit process at three U.S. trauma centers.

Read the full announcement HERE.

EMS for Children Day

In collaboration with ACEP, AAP, ENA, ACS-COT and NASEMSO, the EMSC Innovation and Improvement Center (EIIC) is planning webinars for Wednesday & Thursday of EMS Week. Both will focus on the various projects surrounding pediatric readiness.

For more information, click HERE

Please visit the EIIC website to learn more.


Emergency Preparedness Tips for Parents of Children with Special Healthcare Needs

See the blog HERE

Please visit the CDC website to learn more.

Public Health Matters Blog.

TETAF Newsletter Feb. 2021

See the newsletter HERE

Please visit the TETAF website to learn more.

Texas EMS Trauma & Acute Care Foundation.

Texas EMS Trauma Newsletter Winter 2021

See the newsletter HERE

Please visit the Texas EMS Trauma News website to see more.

Texas EMS Trauma News.

Stop the Bleed Texas Coalition Newsletter April 2021

See the newsletter HERE

Please visit the Stop The Bleed website to see more.

Stop The Bleed Texas.

Texas Perinatal Service Newsletter April 2021

See the newsletter HERE

Please visit the Texas Perinatal Services website to see more.

Texas Perinatal Services Resources.

"Stop the Bleed" is a nationwide campaign to empower individuals to act quickly and save lives.

No matter how rapid the arrival of professional emergency responders, bystanders will always be first on the scene. A person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes, therefore it is important to quickly stop the blood loss.

Bystanders can take simple steps to keep the injured person alive until appropriate medical care is available. There are some very simple actions anyone can take to help save a life.

What is a RAC?

Regional Advisory Councils (RACs) are the administrative bodies responsible for trauma system oversight within the bounds of a given Trauma Service Area in Texas. Each of the 22 RACs is tasked with developing, implementing, and monitoring a regional emergency medical service trauma system plan.


Purpose of a Regional Advisory Council

The purpose of a Regional Advisory Council (RAC) is to develop, implement and monitor a regional emergency medical services (EMS) trauma system plan to facilitate trauma system networking within its Trauma Service Area (TSA) or group of TSAs. RAC membership may include hospitals, physicians, nurses, EMS providers, rehabilitation facilities, dispatchers, as well as other community groups.

Omnibus Rural Health Care Rescue Act

The Omnibus Rural Health Care Rescue Act, passed in 1989, directed the Bureau of Emergency Management of the Texas Department of Health to develop and implement statewide emergency medical services (EMS) and trauma care system, designate trauma facilities, and develop a trauma registry to monitor the system and provide statewide cost and epidemiological statistics.

Implementation of the Trauma System

The trauma system was initially adopted by the Texas Board of Health in accordance with Senate Bill 530, Health & Safety Code, Chapter 773 (Emergency Medical Services), whereby the state was divided into twenty-two regions called Trauma Service Areas (Texas Administrative Code § Rule 157.122), provided for the formation of a Regional Advisory Council (Texas Administrative Code § Rule 157.123).

Functions of a RAC

The functions of Regional Advisory Councils (RAC) were to develop and implement a regional EMS/trauma system plan, provide public information and education about prevention of trauma and a trauma system, provide a forum for EMS providers and hospitals to address trauma service area issues, network with other regional advisory councils, and document and report trauma system data that meets trauma service criterion.

Please Read Before Proceeding

If you are new to the assistance request process, the following instructions will assist you with obtaining PPE, Staffing, and Equipment Requests:

  • Download the instructional .PDF "How-To" document HERE.
  • For new users, begin by creating a new User ID HERE.
  • Before submitting any assistance requests, you must have your forms completed, and be able to upload them to the assistance website.
  • The forms are in .PDF format, and may be printed, or filled out electronically. Download to your computer for later use.
  • A new request form must be submitted with each request.
  • Requests must be picked up within 7 days, or the request will be returned to stock.
  • A new request may only be submitted every 4 days after pick up of previous request.


For all PPE requests through the STAR (State of Texas Assistance Request) Program, please follow the instructions below:

(Be sure you have downloaded and saved a copy of the PPE request form to your computer before proceeding, and that you have created your unique user ID as instructed under the "How To" section above)

  • Download the PPE request form HERE.
  • Complete your PPE request form.
  • Upload your completed PPE request form HERE.
  • Once your request has been received and approved, the warehouse personnel will fill the order and notify you within 48 hours. Once your PPE request has been filled, you have 7 days to pick up your request, or the items will be returned to stock, and you will have to submit a new request. New PPE requests can be submitted 4 days after you have received your previous request. You may submit a request earlier than 4 days if you find yourself in an emergency situation. Details will be provided by warehouse personnel upon arrival.


For all Staffing requests through the STAR (State of Texas Assistance Request) Program, please follow the instructions below:

(Be sure you have downloaded and saved a copy of the STAFFING REQUEST FORM to your computer before proceeding, and that you have created your unique user ID as instructed under the "How To" section above)

  • Download the STAFFING request form HERE.
  • Complete the form.
  • Upload the STAFFING form HERE.


For all Ventilator & O2 Concentrator Equipment requests through the STAR (State of Texas Assistance Request) Program, please follow the instructions below:

(Be sure you have downloaded and saved a copy of the VENT/O2 and PROPERTY AGREEMENT forms to your computer before proceeding, and that you have created your unique user ID as instructed under the "How To" section above)

  • Download the VENT/CONCENTRATOR request form HERE.
  • Complete both forms.
  • (The VENT/O2 and AGREEMENT forms must accompany each other in the request upload)

  • Upload both completed forms HERE.


Hospitals and healthcare professionals should follow their normal process of trying to locate emergency medical supplies, personal protective equipment (PPE), and other healthcare resources with their regular vendors and exhaust all possible options. These options may include contacting any sister facilities for coordination, reaching out to local partners or stakeholders, looking at any possible reallocations within the Public Health Region, Healthcare Coalition, Regional Advisory Council regions, or other medical supply agencies, given established priority groups. If hospitals and healthcare professionals cannot obtain any PPE from their vendor(s) and have exhausted all alternative options, they should send their official requests to their local office of emergency management via the STAR process. Please ensure you provide all relevant details for your request, to include type of item, POC information, and delivery address.

Save The Date

Upcoming Events, Meetings & Trainings

Texas Trauma Coordinator’s Forum

This presentation is provided and hosted by the Texas Trauma Coordinator’s Forum. It will be of interest to administrators, nurses, trauma program managers, trauma registrars, and other personnel working in the field of trauma care. This presentation satisfies the Department of State Health Services’ Trauma Designation requirement for formal Trauma Program and Trauma Performance Improvement education.

Date and Time: Mon, May 17, 2021 @ 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM CDT
Registration & payment deadline is May 15th.

View the TTDEC Flyer HERE.

To register, click HERE.

Dialysis During Disasters

View the .PDF Flyer HERE.

To register, click HERE.

Firefighter 1 class brought to you by Enforcer Education

Designed to prepare the student for the Fire Fighter 1 certification process or as refresher training. Price includes book.

June 07, 2021 @ 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM CDT

To register, click HERE.

Piney Woods Regional Advisory Council

Upcoming RAC-G FY21 Meetings

July 15, 2021 RAC Board Meeting

Piney Woods Regional Advisory Council Executive Board Meeting. Agenda TBA.

July 21, 2021 RAC General-HCC Meeting

Piney Woods Regional Advisory Council General-HCC Assembly Meeting. Agenda TBA.


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RAC-G continues to build a roster of volunteers from our retired medical community. Should the need arise, we want to be ready. We thank you in advance for your willingness to serve.

Fill out the volunteer form HERE.

Administrative Team

Meet our team behind the scenes

Sheryl Coffey


Loretta Khun

Contract Compliance Administrator

Beth Powell

Hospital Preparedness Program Manager

Hannah Cooper

Healthcare Coalition Coordinator Region - G

Michael Johnson

Healthcare Coalition Coordinator Region - G

Brandon Moore

Healthcare Coalition Coordinator Region - F

Eric Bailey

EMTF-4 Coordinator

Aaron Wells

Data Information Systems Administrator

COVID Response Support Personnel

Pandemic Response Team

Kelly Weisinger

Hospital Staffing Coordinator

Russ Langas

Warehouse PPE Supply & Support


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