AUSTIN, Texas—St. David’s HealthCare has named Diana Kraus as assistant vice president of trauma. In this role, Kraus will be responsible for the development and direction of trauma-related activities across the seven-hospital healthcare system. She will assume this role on April 24.
“Trauma is a highly regulated service line with the need for continuous assessment of individual programs, personnel, resources and survey readiness,” David Huffstutler, president and CEO of St. David’s HealthCare, said. “With more than 30 years of experience in emergency care, I am confident that Diana will help us as we continue to provide high-level care for severely injured and critical patients suffering from traumatic injuries.”
Prior to joining St. David’s HealthCare, Kraus served as the director of the trauma, child abuse and orthopedic service lines for Dell Children’s Medical Center for the past four years. Before coming to Austin, Kraus spent more than 25 years at St. Louis Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. During her time there, she managed and developed the trauma program into the only American College of Surgeons-verified Level I Pediatric Trauma Center in Missouri, designated by the State of Illinois; served as a staff nurse for the critical care transport team; and worked as a manager of general medicine, an administrative supervisor and as a charge nurse in the emergency department.
Kraus earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri, and she will receive her Master of Business Administration from The University of Texas at Tyler in May 2018. She currently serves on the Governor’s EMS and Trauma Advisory Council, Emergency Medical Services for Children and the Capitol Area Trauma Advisory Council Executive Committee. Kraus is also a Trauma Program Manager course instructor for the American Trauma Society, and she is a member of the American College of Surgeons, Trauma Center Association of America, Society of Trauma Nurses, Emergency Nurses Association, International Association of Forensic Nurses and the American Burn Association.
St. David’s HealthCare
With more than 110 sites across Central Texas, St. David’s HealthCare includes seven of the area’s leading hospitals and is one of the largest health systems in Texas. The organization was recognized with a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award—the nation’s highest presidential honor for performance excellence—in 2014. St. David’s HealthCare is the third-largest private employer in the Austin area, with more than 9,000 employees.
St. David’s HealthCare is a unique partnership between a hospital management company and two local non-profits—St. David’s Foundation and Georgetown Health Foundation. The proceeds from the operations of the hospitals fund the foundations, which, in turn, invest those dollars back into the community. Since the inception of St. David’s HealthCare in 1996, more than $379 million have been given back to the community to improve the health and healthcare of people in Central Texas.