About Texas Perinatal Services

Built by Texans — to Strengthen the Perinatal Health Care System for All Texans

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Texas Perinatal Services

Texas Perinatal Services is a division of the Texas EMS, Trauma & Acute Care Foundation (TETAF), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Texas Perinatal Services supports the development of the perinatal healthcare system in Texas by providing verification surveys for maternal levels of care and neonatal levels of care, plus advocacy and education.

Meet Our Team

Dinah Welsh

TETAF President and CEO, Lead Advocate
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Jessica Phillips, MAS, BSN, RNC-OB, C-EFM, C-ONQS

Perinatal Program Director
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Terri Rowden, BSN, RN, TCRN

Survey Services Senior Director
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Aaron Rogers

Survey Operations Manager
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Jorge Castañon, MSN, RN

Perinatal Operations Coordinator
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Jennifer Anderson

Business Administrator
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Erin Moore

Communications Director
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Our Mission

The Texas EMS Trauma & Acute Care Foundation’s mission is to strengthen regional healthcare delivery systems through collaboration, advocacy, and education.

Our History

In the early 2000s, the need for survey services in Texas was expanding significantly however, the Texas Legislature needed to streamline the state’s budget. The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) was no longer able to provide survey services due to a reduction in funds. There was a strong desire for a community of trauma, EMS, and acute care advocates to have a centralized voice for advocacy. These concerns and needs led the 22 Regional Advisory Councils (RACs) and the Texas trauma community to support the launch of the Texas EMS Trauma and Acute Care Foundation (TETAF).

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, TETAF fills the gap where federal, state, and local governments, and private entities cannot provide statewide services. In 2008, DSHS granted TETAF the authority to provide verification surveys for Level III and Level IV designated trauma facilities. The following year, TETAF’s role expanded to provide Level III stroke verification surveys. In 2015, TETAF expanded its reach and was approved to provide neonatal verification surveys. In August 2016, TETAF launched neonatal leveling surveys in Texas and provided more than 100 surveys in the first 3-year cycle. In August 2018, TETAF launched maternal leveling verification surveys along with the creation of TETAF’s Texas Perinatal Services division.

Texas Perinatal Services continues to lead the state in perinatal verification surveys. Today, with more than 120 credentialed surveyors, TETAF and Texas Perinatal Services provide verification surveys for trauma, stroke, neonatal, and maternal in more hospitals than any other surveying entity. Driven by our mission, TETAF continues to ensure comprehensive, quality care is provided to patients in Texas.


Texas based. Texas experienced.

Built by Texans to strengthen the Texas health care system for all. Our proven survey process is focused on quality assurance that is the driver to identifying best practices.

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