Southern Minnesota Regional Trauma Advisory Committee



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SMRTAC Meeting Dates 2015

Meetings are generally held in Owatonna, MN

  • February 12
  • April 9
  • June 11
  • August 13
  • October 8
  • December 10




STAC Meeting Dates 2015

All meetings held at Shoreview Community Center, 4580 Victoria Street N in Shoreview.  Wedell Community Room.

  • March 3
  • June 2
  • September 15
  • December 8

Welcome to the SMRTAC Website

SMRTAC is a collaborative effort of the Southeastern and South Central EMS regions' trauma providers organized from the statewide trauma system.  SMRTAC was approved by the Minnesota Commissioner of Health in December 2009.  As SMRTAC continues to collaborate on our mission of decreasing morbidity and mortality of trauma patients in our region, it is our goal to provide an up to date informational website. On this site you will find meeting minutes from the various subcommittees and the SMRTAC, educational information, links to some great resources, a calendar of upcoming SMRTAC events, and even some nice pictures taken of various agencies throughout our region.  Please review the calendar for updated regional events.


SMRTAC Meeting - Thursday, February 12, 2015
MnDOT Headquarters in Owatonna

SMRTAC is a collaborative effort of the Southeastern and South Central EMS regions' trauma providers organized from the statewide trauma system.  SMRTAC was approved by the Minnesota Commissioner of Health in December 2009. 

For information regarding SMRTAC please visit their website:


February 12, 2015
MnDOT Headquarters

1010 21st Avenue NW

Owatonna, MN  55060


10:30am PI Subcommittee Meeting


11:30am MN Death Investigation and Certification, Educational presentation by Dr. R. Ross Reichard, Chief Medical Examiner of Southern MN Regional Medical Examiner's Office

View Flyer


1:00pm-3:00pm Regular Session

December Meeting Minutes-DRAFT


Participate remotely by clicking on our LIVE VIDEO tab!


Future SMRTAC Dates: April 9, June 11, August 13, October 8, December 10



Deb Horsman, RN, SMRTAC Coordinator, receives Toward Zero Deaths Star Award

The Toward Zero Deaths Star Awards are given to recognize excellence in enforcement, emergency medical & trauma services, education, engineering, child passenger safety, judicial/court systems, public leadership, and the media.  Award recipeints have demonstrated exceptional creativity, leadership, and organizational skills and the ability to successfully motivate and collaborate with others in efforts to move toward zero deaths on Minnesota's roads.


Emergency Medical & Trauma Services: Deb Horsman

This year's Star Award recipient in Emergency Medical and Trauma Services is Deb Horsman, a registered nurse and regional trauma outreach coordinator at Mayo Clinic.  As coordinator of the Southern Minnesota Regional Trauma Advisory Committee (SMRTAC).  Deb has been instrumental in creating a successful operational regional trauma system.  Her excellent communication and leadership skills have helped foster an environment in which all regional hospitals can collaborate and thrive.


In addition to other responsibilities, Deb has spent many hours meeting with providers across the region to spread the word about SMRTAC and encourage participation.  Under Deb's instrumental leadership, SMRTAC has been the model for other regional trauma organizations in the state.


Congratulations, Deb!



Southern MN Regional Trauma Foundation (SMRTF) is designated as a non-profit organization!

The Internal Revenue Service has designated the Foundation as a non-profit organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. 


Regional Practice Management Guidelines Approved!

Through the state's designation visits, there were several consistent practice inconsistencies identified and SMRTAC, in collaboration with Mayo Clinic Trauma Centers at the October 13th Performance Improvement Seminar held in Welch MN, the participants developed these guidelines.  SMRTAC's goal with these PMGs is to share guidance in standardization of trauma care in our region.  Please review these PMGs, use as a reference for PMGs in your trauma care, and provide feedback.  SMRTAC will provide education, implementation, and monitoring of these guidelines.  The guidelines are listed in the left hand column under SMRTAC.


Pediatric Resources

The Pediatric Subcommittee has approved a suggested list of pediatric specific equipment list for the care of the injured pediatric patient. Other resources such as normal vital signs and pediatric GCS are also nmow available as a reference.  Please review the links found in the Pediatric Subcommittee folder on this page.  Any suggestions or comments are welcome and will be communicated with the Co-Chairs of this committee that are posted via the comment link on this page.