The Perinatal Advisory Council, created by House Bill 15 of the 83rd Texas Legislature (Regular Session), develops and recommends criteria for designating levels of neonatal and maternal care, including specifying the minimum requirements to qualify for each level designation and a process for the assignment of levels of care to a hospital, makes recommendations for dividing the state into neonatal and maternal care regions, examines utilization trends in neonatal and maternal care, and recommends ways to improve neonatal and maternal outcomes.

House Bill 3433 of the 84th Texas Legislature (Regular Session) amended House Bill 15 by adding two new members to the Perinatal Advisory Council and extended the date of its report. The council must submit a report with its recommendations to the Health and Human Services Commission and the Department of State Health Services by September 1, 2016. The report was published on time and can be found here:

Perinatal Advisory Council Report on Determinations and Recommendations (PDF)

Members

Dr. Emily Briggs, Chair
Family medicine physician who provides obstetrical care in a rural community
New Braunfels

Dr. Cynthia Blanco, Co-chair
Neonatologist in Level III or IV NICU
San Antonio

Dr. Andy Bowman
Neonatologist from rural area
Midland

Dr. Sadhana Chheda
Neonatologist in Level III or IV NICU
El Paso

Dr. Alice Gong
General hospital representative
San Antonio

Dr. Charleta Guillory
Pediatrician
Houston

Allen Harrison
Representative from a hospital with Level II NICU
Austin

Dr. Lisa Hollier
Obstetrics-gynecology
Houston

Dr. Alyssa Molina
Family medicine physician who provides obstetrical care in a rural community
Eagle Lake

Dr. Rajendra Parikh
Ex-officio
Austin

Karen Rhodes, RN
Nurse with expertise in maternal health
Brownsville

Saundra Rivers, RN
Rural Hospital Representative
Sweetwater

Dr. George Saade
Maternal fetal medicine
Galveston

Dr. Michael Stanley
Neonatologist
Richardson

Dr. Eugene Toy
Obstetrics-gynecology
Houston

Steve Woerner
Children’s hospital representative
Corpus Christi

Meetings

Most meetings are held in Austin in the Brown-Heatly Building.

  • April 24, 2018, 10:30 a.m.
  • July 18, 2018, 10:30 a.m.
  • September 18, 2018, 10:30 a.m.
  • November 6, 2018, 10:30 a.m.

For More Information

Contact us at Perinatal_Advisory_Council@hhsc.state.tx.us.

More information about new Neonatal Levels of Care Rule regarding hospital designation:
http://www.dshs.texas.gov/emstraumasystems/neonatal.aspx

More information about new Maternal Levels of Care Rule regarding hospital designation:
http://www.dshs.texas.gov/emstraumasystems/maternal.aspx

More information about new Centers of Excellence for Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy rule:
http://texreg.sos.state.tx.us/public/readtac$ext.ViewTAC?tac_view=5&ti=25&pt=1&ch=133&sch=L&rl=Y

 

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