About Us

In 1992, the State of Texas adopted formal rules and regulations governing the development of a statewide trauma system in Texas, under the auspices of the Texas Department of Health (now the Department of State Health Services).

DSHS was directed to develop a regional advisory council (RAC) for trauma, that would guide the development of a trauma system for each region. 

The Panhandle Regional Advisory Council was formally recognized by the State of Texas in 1993.


The Panhandle Regional Advisory Council's mission is to provide the infrastructure and leadership necessary to develop an inclusive emergency health care system within Trauma Service Area A.

The RAC seeks to achieve our mission through the following activities:

  • Assist our member organizations in providing the highest level of trauma care possible, resulting in a decrease in trauma deaths and long-term disability.
  • Encourage activities designed to promote cooperation between member organizations and provide a forum to resolve conflicts regarding the care of the injured patient.
  • Provide and facilitate public education and awareness through trauma prevention activities.
  • Develop a Regional Emergency Health Care Plan and regional standards of care through the cooperative efforts of member organizations.   

Derek Vaughan,
Oct 26, 2011, 8:03 AM