Advisory Committee on Trauma

The 1999 Legislature created the Advisory Committee on Trauma (ACT), generally following the recommendations in the 1998 Plan (K.S.A. 75-5664). The ACT is advisory to the Secretary of Health and Environment on the development and implementation of a statewide trauma system. The ACT is composed of 24 members including representation from physician organizations, the hospital association, the state nurse association, and EMS organizations. Of the 24 members, two are legislators, one is a representative of KDHE and one is a representative of the Board of Emergency Medical Services. Members of the committee have significant expertise and commitment to EMS and Trauma Care, and represent both urban and rural interests. The ACT is charged with directing the development and implementation of the Kansas trauma system, including:

  1. Take a lead role in development of a statewide template for injury prevention.
  2. Provide oversight and guidance to the RTC (Regional Trauma Councils) for system evaluation, education and training programs, and public education and prevention strategies.
  3. Monitor availability of resources statewide, assure compliance with system standards, and work in conjunction with the KDHE to develop a process for review of trauma care.
  4. Evaluate patient care outcomes at a system level.
  5. Develop a process to assure trauma centers outside the State of Kansas are fully incorporated into the Kansas Trauma Plan to assure access and mutual aide programs are in place.
  6. Analyze the impact and results of the system and make recommendations for change as appropriate to assure quality outcomes.
  7. Assist KDHE in developing and monitoring legislative initiatives as appropriate.
  8. Identify funding sources for all aspects of the emergency medical and trauma system.


Meeting Minutes

Advisory Committee Quarterly Meeting Schedule

02/5/2020 10:00 – 3:00 PM Kansas Medical Society
623 SW 10th St., Topeka
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05/13/2020 10:00 – 12:00 PM GoToWebinar Register Here
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08/5/2020 9:00 – 12:00 PM Join Microsoft Teams Meeting
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11/4/2020 10:00AM – 12:00 PM TBD  


Advisory Committee on Trauma Members

Name Organization Term Expires
Awaiting Appointment (Chairperson) KMS June 2023
Dr. Craig Concannon (Vice Chairperson) KMS June 2021
Dr. Michael McClintick KAOM June 2020
Ms. Carol Perry, awaiting re-appointment KHA June 2019
Ms. Tina Pendergraft KHA June 2021
Mr. Ron Marshall KHA June 2020
Ms. Darlene Whitlock KSNA June 2020
Ms. Janet Kemmerer, awaiting re-appointment KSNA June 2019
Mr. Larry Salmans, awaiting re-appointment KEMTA June 2019
Mr. James Higgins KEMSA June 2020
Mr. Dennis Mauk EMS Adm. June 2020
Mr. John Hultgren EMS Adm June 2021
Ms. Cathy Heikes SW RTC Rep. June 2021
Ms. Kris Hill SC RTC Rep. June 2021
Awaiting Appointment SE RTC Rep. June 2023
Dr. Michael Machen NW RTC Rep. June 2020
Dr. Jake Breeding NC RTC Rep. June 2023
Awaiting Appointment NE RTC Rep. June 2023
Dr. Dennis Allin Board of EMS  
Senator Ed Berger Public Health and Welfare  
Senator Barbara Bollier Ranking Minority Member,
Public Health and Welfare
Representative Tory Marie Arnberger Health and Human Services Committee   
Representative Monica Murnan Ranking Minority Member,
Health and Human Services Committee