Speaker: Darrell Pile, CEO, SETRAC. Topic: "The Role of First Responders"
Darrell Pile is the Chief Executive Officer of the Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council or “SETRAC”. The Not for Profit organization was formed 22 years ago by the State legislature with an initial mission to improve Trauma services in our nine county region. The population served is equivalent in size to be the 21st largest state in the nation. The scope of services today has evolved and in addition to addressing trauma care, SETRAC is actively working with its first responder and hospital stakeholders to identify best practices and spark regional improvements in the areas of cardiac care, stroke care, pediatric care, and disaster preparedness.
Mr. Pile leads a staff of 18 professionals who have built a coalition with over 50 emergency “911” ambulance agencies, over 110 hospitals, and hundreds of physicians, and civic leaders. In the area of “disaster preparedness”, including natural disasters and terrorism, the Department of State Health Services recently expanded SETRACs territory to now include twenty five counties and all jurisdictions from Houston to Matagorda to Galveston, Beaumont, and Nacogdoches to Colorado County. The population served by SETRAC is now equivalent in size to the 13th largest state in the nation. SETRAC is funded by grants from both the State of Texas and our Federal Government.
Darrell earned his masters degree in Healthcare Administration from George Washington University in 1982 and served as a hospital administrator for 28 years prior to being named CEO of SETRAC three years ago. Darrell has served as chairman of the board for the Northwest Houston Chamber of Commerce, he was a founding board member for the Harris County Emergency Services District 11, he has served on the board of the Cypress Creek EMS service, he served as vice chairman of the SETRAC board for 10 years with Dr. Red Duke as chair, and today he represents all other state Regional Advisory Councils as a member of the Texas Emergency and Trauma Foundation and also as a member of a steering committee for the Texas Department of Emergency Management Services.
Of interest, this year Mr. Pile and his wife, Loretta, will celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary. Loretta is a registered nurse, and they have two sons, one is a paramedic.