Bureau of Emergency and Trauma Services

The Bureau of Emergency and Trauma Services (BETS) works to protect the health of Iowans in an emergency.  The bureau works with Iowa’s 99 local public health agencies, 118 hospitals and trauma centers, 931 EMS services, and 11,771 EMS providers.

No one can predict the next disaster or medical emergency; however you can be assured that BETS’ work with local partners makes protecting and promoting the health of Iowans our top priority. 

Preparedness, EMS, and Trauma Updates

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Partnership Development Meetings

The Bureau first conducted a series of six meetings across the state in late summer 2015 to solicit feedback on recommendations from the CDC, HHS, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, and the American College of Surgeons. You can view those recommendations and a summary of the six meetings at Healthcare Coalitions Systems Development page.   

Using that local partner feedback and the recommendations from the site visits, BETS developed an outline of a shared system of infrastructure for the Preparedness, EMS, and Trauma systems in Iowa.  That outline was shared with local partners at a series of meetings in May and June 2016.  You can view BETS' vision for the Future of System Planning and presentations from the morning breakout sessions at Healthcare Coalitions Systems Development page.

Contact Information

Rebecca Curtiss, Chief
Lucas State Office Building
321 E. 12th St.
Des Moines, IA 50319


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