About Central Texas RAC and Our Services

The Central Texas Regional Advisory Council (RAC) 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.

Background

Regional Advisory Councils (RACs) are the organizations responsible for the trauma & emergency healthcare system.  They provide oversight in geographical boundaries know as Trauma Service Areas (TSA) in Texas.  The TSAs are also known as Perinatal Care Regions (PCRs).  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. The plan may be long, but its success is a testament to the hard work of its members and partners.

Since its start, Central Texas RAC 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 the mission of Central Texas RAC.

The regional trauma & emergency healthcare system should support care provided by our EMS providers and facilities that provide patients with well-organized and high-quality health care. The regional healthcare systems approach requires cooperation and availability of each branch of the system. The heart 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'. Central Texas RAC members have made great strides toward this goal and continue to collaborate and focus on improved the care of the Central Texas Emergency Healthcare System.

Board of Directors

The Central Texas RAC Board of Directors consists of representation of our membership and services areas.  We currently have 18 places on the Board.  The Immediate Past Chair is vacant at this time.  Board elections occur in December of each year.  Election Process Policy 11.19.20.  Approximately one half of the Board expires annually.  Board members may serve up to two 2-year terms consecutively.  Annually all Board members complete a Board Orientation, Board agreement, BOD Conflict of Interest Policy, Privacy Policy Statement, and CTRAC Board Attestation,

Staff

The Central Texas RAC Board of Directors currently employs one person, an Executive Director.  This position works with members, partners, and state agencies to meet the Mission and Vision of the Central Texas RAC. CTRAC Employee Handbook 6.17.21

Ms. Christine Reeves is the Executive Director for just the Central Texas RAC since July 2022; however, she had oversight for this RAC since 2018.  Historically, she has mentored previous staffing.

Executive Committee

Board of Directors