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February 2017


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Burgess Reintroduces Bill to Improve Trauma Care Through Military-Civilian Partnership


Representatives Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Gene Green (D-TX), Richard Hudson (R-NC) and Kathy Castor (D-FL) reintroduced the MISSION Zero Act (H.R. 880).  The bill would assist the Department of Defense (DoD) in assigning trauma surgeons to civilian trauma centers filling a gap in care recently examined by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.


The press release issued February 8, 2017, included the following quote from TCAA:


“We are pleased to support the MISSION ZERO Act and applaud Reps. Burgess, Green, Hudson and Castor for reintroducing this important legislation,”said Jennifer Ward, President of Trauma Center Association of America. “Allowing trauma centers around the country to partner with military surgeons will not only help our servicemen and women maintain military readiness, but will also strengthen our trauma care systems and ensure that top-notch trauma care is available to every person who needs it.”


Click here for the full text of the legislation.


Join us in Washington, DC,  for the TCAA Lobby Day & Trauma Advocacy Institute.


Register by February 25, 2017

Please join the TCAA staff, board of directors and team of lobbyists from Winning Strategies Washington as we descend on Capitol Hill for our annual lobby day.  We invite you to support our continued efforts to raise awareness and gain recognition and support for trauma and related concerns at the federal level.  

On Monday, March 27, 2017, we will offer the Trauma Advocacy Institute hosted by our team from Winning Strategies Washington.  This will serve as your opportunity to learn more about policy issues affecting trauma care and others on the horizon. Our team will also provide talking points and guidance on communicating with members on the hill.


On Tuesday, March 28, 2017, you will meet with your Member of Congress to encourage them to continue to support trauma related issues and funding.


Monday, March 27th
3:00-6:00 Educational Session hosted by Winning Strategies Washington
Tuesday, March 28th
• Advocacy Meetings on Capitol Hill


Travel Information:

Embassy Row Hotel

2015 Massachusetts Avenue 

Washington, DC 20036


Online ReservationsTCAA Room Block

By Phone: 855-893-1011

Reference: TCAA Room Block

Deadline: March 6, 2017


Please register via this link, by February 25, 2017. Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks!




The Georgia Trauma Foundation hosted its inaugural Trauma Awareness Day on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at the Georgia State Capitol. TCAA was happy to assist the Foundation in drafting the resolution Commending Trauma Professionals and Declaring Georgia Trauma Awareness Day.






HHS' ASPR: Next-Generation Burn Care Products and Strategies Draw on Innovative Ideas

Thousands of people could need burn care following a nuclear detonation (which produces intense heat resulting in severe burns) or in a massive explosion. In addition to those catastrophic threats, between 2010 and 2014, emergency departments treated approximately 486,000 people for non-fatal burn injuries and in 2014 alone, fires took the lives of 3,275 people. Specialized treatment resources are limited, with only 127 burn centers nationwide; a mass casualty incident easily could overwhelm the nation’s burn care infrastructure.


Within HHS’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) is supporting the development of novel products that could find use in routine clinical burn care and would also help in response to a mass casualty incident. We want to prevent the national burn care infrastructure from being overwhelmed and provide patients with better outcomes.


Today, ASPR posted an article about these novel approaches to burn treatment. Please circulate this article to your members, partners and stakeholders and consider amplifying the following social media posts: Twitter Post.


Latest Ask Traumacare:

Committee News:


Annual Meeting Committee

  • Development of Annual Conference Content. View the completed agenda here.



Member Services Committee



Injury Prevention Committee


Congratulations to Joanne Fairchild and the TCAA Injury Prevention Committee on their featured chapter titled Expanding the Seat Belt Program Strategies Toolbox: A Starter Kit for Trying New Program Ideas. The chapter is included in the October 2016 report from the U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. 


Click here for the full text of the chapter.



COMING SOON...Trauma Center on-site finance consultation visit. More information to follow.  



TCAA is excited to announce the addition of TWO NEW courses at our 2017 Annual Conference


In response to enthusiastic demand and to supplement the existing and highly successful Trauma Medical Director Course, the Trauma Center Association of America (TCAA) is launching the TCAA Advanced Medical Director Course.  The inaugural edition of this course will be offered at our 2017 annual meeting and will be held on May 4-5, 2017.  Led by an experienced and dedicated faculty, the course curriculum will include selected areas of hospital and professional finances, performance improvement, team management and leadership.  The teaching style will emphasize selected readings, case discussions and adequate time for detailed discussion of all topics. Participants will be invited to submit case studies for group analysis and discussion.The TCAA Advanced Trauma Medical Director course will be limited to 20 participants.  Completion of the existing TCAA Medical Director course is a pre-requisite. Register here.





Trauma University will debut during TCAA’s 20th Annual Conference. The concept of Trauma University stems from several ideas and concepts contributed by TCAA’s members. This course is designed to provide practitioners with four hours of live clinical education. The top 4 topics chosen to be introduced in 2017 are, Geriatric Trauma, Trauma Resuscitations, Trauma for the Bedside Provider and Trauma Complications. Stay tuned…more details to come! Register here.






  • March 30th: Burns, presented by Dr. David Meagher

Upcoming Trauma Conferences/Events:

Did you know?


TCAA Would Like To Welcome Our Newest Members:


St. Elizabeth Medical Center

Mountain Vista Medical Center

Northeast Georgia Medical Center

Elliot Hospital

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