Emergency Department

The Emergency Department (ED) at University Medical Center of El Paso has undergone a multi-million dollar expansion project now offering 45 beds for care within its service area. It is the resuscitation point for our region's only Level 1 Trauma Center operating 4 adult and 2 pediatric Trauma Bays servicing West Texas and Southern New Mexico with a radius of 270 miles. We recently introduced a new Intake Model into our process to redesign patient flow process in the emergency department. Under this model patients are directed based on their triage classification allowing accelerated treatment of less sick patients and faster admission for those who are very ill and require inpatient care. The ED is a fast pace and energetic environment that provides a professionally challenging, educational, and motivational place to work. As a team member you can expect to treat a wide-range of emergencies including high acuity trauma, respiratory, cardiac, neurological, and obstetrical and offer treatment to patients of every age. UMC's ED treats an average of 60,000 clients annually, including 2,700 trauma victims. ED nurses are required to obtain knowledge through high intensity courses such as ACLS, TNCC, PALS, ENPC, ATCN, and are also educated through our Dysrhythmia and Triage courses as they orient into the department. Teamwork is an essential component of our ability to provide the highest quality care. Our commitment, accountability, respect for others, and excellence in care, has prestigiously placed us as El Paso's only hospital ever to be named one of America's top 100 hospitals, a distinction we've earned three times! Come and join our ED/Trauma team!


Blas Meza, MBA, RN
Director of ED

Ray Gonzalez, BSN, RN
Nurse Manager




Luis Rascon, RN

Luis Rascon, ED RN was presented with the Daisy Award in recognition for his outstanding compassion and customer service. He was nominated by fellow associates for his contribution to great patient care as well as going above and beyond the call of duty in the delivery of care to our patients.

Luis is a young nurse hired straight out of nursing school in late 2010 and recently enrolled in Medical School just south of the border from El Paso.

Luis continues to work in our emergency department and always comes to work with a smile, a willingness to help others, and a determination to make a difference. We are fortunate and delighted to have him on our team.

Angie Olivas, RN

Angie Olivas is the longest-serving RN in UMC’s ER, having served nearly four decades! Angie was born and raised in El Paso. She attended Bowie High school where she was crowned Prom Queen in her senior year.

Angie began career her with us in 1973. She started in the Pediatric Unit as a HUC and transferred to ER where she has been ever since. But nursing was not originally her career choice. Angie began at UTEP as an Education major but was accepted into the El Paso Community College’s Nursing Program and graduated in 1983.

We refer to her as "Mother Angie." When asked how she got her nickname, she states, "My son used to call me at work all the time and ‘mother.’ The name has stuck since. She states she loves working here and is not ready to retire. “Mother” has been a great nurse, teacher and friend.

Edgar Avalos, RN

Edgar Avalos, RN has been at UMC for a total of 9 years.  He's currently a charge nurse in the Emergency Department and plans to continue working here for many years to come.

Edgar was born in Fabens, Texas but was raised in Ciudad Juarez by his grandparents. He then came to El Paso where he attended Lydia Patterson High school. It is then when Edgar learned to speak English.

Once he was done with high school, Edgar decided to go to UTEP to begin Mechanical Engineering school. "I loved to work with cars and fix them," Edgar states. But due to financial hardship and unforeseen challenges, he decided to leave UTEP and pursue a different career. Edgar then joined the Emergency Medical Technician program at EPCC and became an EMT-Intermediate. He began working with the city in the Fire Medical Services. When he would bring patients to UMC, he saw how much action there was, the expertise of the staff and the teamwork they displayed. That is when Edgar decided to join the UMC team.

"I love how they dealt with trauma patients, and I wanted to be part of that experience. I knew that working at UMC would strengthen my knowledge and my skills in emergency care. He began working in our ER department in 2001."  Edgar then decided to pursue his nursing career at New Mexico State University and obtained his BSN in 2003.

Today, Edgar has excelled as one of the best nurses in the Emergency Department. He demonstrates a wonderful, calm and professional personality. He is always available to help others and shows true leadership. We hope to have Edgar on our UMC team for man years to come!

Rosa Alvarado, RN

Rosa has been working at UMC in the Emergency Department since 1999. She is currently a night shift charge nurse.

She is a life long resident of El Paso, TX who graduated from Burges high school in 1982.

“As a child, I remember telling my grandmother that I wanted to be a nurse when I grew up. I also remember how I always wanted to chase after the ambulances, just to see what kind of accidents they responded to.

I knew I wanted to be an ER nurse ever since can remember, but was fascinated by the EMS field, so I did both.

I took my first EMT-B course in 1994 while taking my basic courses for nursing, and fell in love with it. I knew I wanted to be at UMC since doing my EMT clinicals and for sure when I was doing my nursing clinicals. I was in turn amazed at the work the ER nurses did and how much knowledge and confidence they had. They were amazing!

I attended EPCC part time and received an Associates degree in nursing in 1997.

I later received my national registry paramedic certification at EPCC in 2004.

My interests have always been in emergency medicine.
I enjoy working in the field as a flight nurse, and in the ER as a staff and charge nurse at UMC. I hope to be with UMC for a long time.”