Goal Statement

Establish and maintain Foothills RETAC specific Projects and Regional QM Programs and develop processes for these programs.


The Foothills RETAC Clinical Care Committee is a dedicated group of individuals representing all disciplines within an EMTS system. They represent healthcare facilities, prehospital agencies, public health, and counties. They are committed to improving patient care through evidence-based medicine.


Objective 1:

Evaluate and conduct a new regional Quality Management (QM) project within the Foothills RETAC Clinical Care Committee

  • Currently working on a new project to analyze outcomes for patients transported from the scene via air or ground.

Objective 2:

Maintain our Regional Medical Direction/Collaboration program with Mile-High RETAC

  • This is a real success for the RETAC working with our medical directors, EMS agencies and our Clinical Care Committee

Objective 3:

Continue to support the state and regional efforts in the CARES program

  • The Cardiac Arrest Registry program now includes 96% of Colorado’s participation with agencies coming on board every month. All of our 10 facilities now participate. A real success!

Statewide CQI System

The CDPHE EMTS Section has funded 9 of the 11 RETACs in Colorado for the purpose of designing Regional CQI and Regional Medical Collaboration. The Program provides for all of our RETAC’s Prehospital Agency Medical Directors to work together with the Mile-High Medical Directors to explore ways to look at QI and prehospital issues throughout the two regions.

What does this mean for you and the RETAC?

  • The first thing to remember is that the QI Process will NOT identify individual

    • All data will be de-identified and will not “Point Fingers” at individual agencies.
  • No Individual Physician will run this program!
    • A GROUP of Docs from our RETAC that includes Dr Peter Vellman, Dr Todd Dorfman, and Dr Jeff Beckman will invite ALL agency Medical Directors to participate. There is no “Authority” in this program to replace the individual agencies and their Medical Directors relationships. We hope it will provide the Docs and the agencies a forum for improving patient care through data!
  • Each Agency will receive reports. Reports can be designed to specifications

Would you like to know how your agency (de-identified to others) compares with others for things such as:

  • IV success rates
  • Intubation success rates
  • Medication Protocols and success rates
  • Innovative ideas for patient care
  • Etc

The Vision for a Statewide/RETAC CQI System

Our vision would include all of our prehospital providers, facilities, CDPHE, SEMTAC, and of course our RETAC. It is currently seen as a circular system with patient data and information flowing from a top down (CDPHE) to the Providers, and from the bottom (Agencies and facilities) up with the RETACs acting as the funnel and regional

Want to get involved? Visit our committee page for more information.