PTS Newsletter
December, 2011

Lee Ann Wurster, RN
Lee Ann Wurster, RN
Nationwide Children's Hospital

Terri Elsbernd, MS, RN, CEN, CPEN
Terri Elsbernd
Mayo Clinic Hospital

David Mooney, MD, MPH

It seems like forever since the EAST meeting in January, 2011, where we launched the PTS effort. Much has happened since that time. Every effort in this development has been linked to building a solid base for an organization that hopefully will last for as long as there are injured children who need our care. Currently, we are over 850 members strong, from 21 different states and 5 countries - an impressive showing for an organization that has yet to market itself!

On Thursday, December 1, 2011 members of the Executive Board met at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for a Strategic Planning session to determine the goals over the next one, three and five years. Executive Board members found the results of the membership survey to be most helpful. Thank you to the 300+ respondents for your feedback.

Our Committees have been formed and the structure determined, now PTS is seeking committed individuals who are willing to Co-Chair various committees and further the development of the organization. Co-Chairs will be appointed by the Executive Board based upon experience and willingness to serve. In an effort to be truly diversified we are seeking co-chairs amongst multiple disciplines.

In November, 2011, Professional Relations and Research Institute (PRRI), Inc. of Beverly, MA ( was hired by PTS to support the development of our organization. This experienced organizational management firm, with a strong history of supporting various medical organizations worldwide, has already provided valuable support.

Dates to Remember
  • EAST Meeting from January 10-13, 2012. The Pediatric ad hoc committee of EAST will hold their meeting on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 12:30 PM. We will have a brief PTS information session immediately following their meeting in the same room and will be available during the conference for anyone interested in more information about PTS. For more information about the EAST meeting please go to their website at

  • Webinar participation; EAST:
    Pediatric Trauma: New Concepts and Controversies "How I Do It" sponsored by the Childress Institute and Case Western Reserve. Discount of $39 for PTS members. Go to PTS Website for details.

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