About Central Texas Regional Advisory Council and Our Services
The Central Texas Regional Advisory Council (CTRAC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization comprised of local hospitals, EMS agencies, fire departments, County and City Offices of Emergency Management, and other healthcare providers. We proudly serve the 6 counties located in Trauma Service Area L: Bell, Coryell, Hamilton, Lampasas, Milam, and Mills.
We were formed to provide the infrastructure and leadership necessary to sustain an inclusive trauma system within our service area through the following actions:
- Assist member organizations in achieving the highest level of emergency healthcare they are capable of providing, which will result in a decrease in morbidity and mortality and ultimately improve the ill or injured patient’s outcome.
- Encourage activities designed to promote cooperation between member organizations and provide a forum to resolve conflicts regarding injured patient care.
- Provide and facilitate educational programs for the public to increase awareness regarding an inclusive trauma system with a heavy emphasis on prevention activities.
Regional Advisory Councils (RACs) are the organizational bodies responsible for the trauma & emergency healthcare system. They provide oversight in geographical areas know as Trauma Service Areas (TSA) in Texas. The TSAs are also known as Perinatal Care Regions (PCR). Each of the 22 RACs across Texas is tasked with developing, implementing, and monitoring a regional emergency healthcare system plan.
The Regional Advisory Councils were charged with developing a systematic plan based on standard guidelines for implementing a comprehensive trauma & emergency healthcare system. Some elements of the plan are required by the Department of State Health Services (DSHS), while others have been added to best reflect the community’s needs. While the plan may have numerous components, its success is a testament to the professionals that transform these guidelines into reality.
Since its inception, CTRAC has been active in prevention and education programs. Maintaining public education and awareness activities to increase the understanding of the trauma & emergency healthcare system, access to time sensitive care, and prevention of injuries & illnesses is an integral part of the mission and goals of CTRAC.
The regional trauma & emergency healthcare system should augment care provided by our EMS providers and facilities that provide patients with well-organized and high-quality care. The incorporation of an overall healthcare systems approach requires cooperation and availability of each component of the system. The essence of a trauma & emergency healthcare system is the ability to get the right patient to the right hospital at the right time to reduce death and disability. CTRAC members have made great strides toward this goal and continue to collaborate and strive to improve the care of the trauma and emergency healthcare patient.
Executive Committee Officers
Angie Gentry, BSW – Temple
Elizabeth Hicks, Acadian Ambulance
Amy Haire, AdventHealth Central Texas
Wesley Gilbreath, Belton Fire
Immediate Past Chair
Dr. Taylor Ratcliff
Board of Directors
Kayla Cehand, BSW – McLane Children’s Medical Center
Lead Pediatric Facility Representative
Dr. Tim Rudolph, Hamilton General Hospital
Medical Advisory Committee Representative
Heidi Cantrell, Seton Medical Center Harker Heights
Perinatal Committee Representative
Heidi Lavka, Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center
Trauma Program Representative
Dr. Jay Widmer, BSW - Temple
Cardiac Committee Representative
Lauren Prouty, AdventHealth Central Texas
Trauma Committee Representative
Daniel Lay, Coryell Health EMS
Dr. Vanessa Sieg, Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center
Military Facility Representative
Dr. Arash Shadman, BSW - Temple
Stroke Committee Representative
Jennifer Henager, Bell County OEM
Healthcare Coalition Representative
Jacob Creel, PHI 1-5
EMS Operations Committee Representative
Dr. Scott Sagraves, BSW – Central Division