Linda Underbrink named RETAC Coordinator of the year
DENVER – Linda Underbrink, the coordinator of the Foothills Regional Emergency Medical and Trauma Advisory Council (RETAC), has received the RETAC Coordinator of the year award from the Emergency Medical Services Association of Colorado. Linda was nominated for the award in recognition of her many years’ hard work to improve the Emergency Medical and Trauma systems in the counties served by the Foothills RETAC. During her time in this role, she has developed a local plan for responding to mass-casualty incidents, attained several grants for user agencies, and developed a medical resource guide containing valuable information used by all agencies in the region.Allen Plliam, who nominated Ms. Underbrink for the award, says that “[Linda] has been a part of this field in various positions from ambulance attendant to nurse to ER director and now as a RETAC coordinator. In each of these capacities she has striven to improve the systems from where they were found. She never seemed satisfied with the status quo but insisted that it could be made better.”The Foothills RETAC serves Boulder, Clear Creek, Gilpin, Grand, and Jefferson Counties. There are 11 RETAC’s in Colorado, each working to improve care of the sick and injured through quality improvement, injury prevention, and coordination of partners in all areas of healthcare The Fall 2010 EMS Awards Banquet were held during the Colorado State EMS Conference Nov. 6, 2010 at the Keystone Resort & Conference Center in Keystone, CO. Details can be found at http://www.emsac.org/conference.
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