The Surgical Unit at the University Medical Center of El Paso is a 58-bed unit.  Our specially trained nurses offer nursing care for medical services, including, General Surgery, Trauma, Orthopedics, Urology, Medicine, OB/GYN, and Anesthesia.  The unit’s nurse to patient ratio averages 6 to 1.  Our team includes over 15 nurses with more than 10 years of experience.  Look no more, join our growing team of nurses and continue with us as we march down the Pathway to Excellence and attain Magnet status.

Alejandra Contreras, RN, MSN,MBA,HCM, CNOR
Director of Adult Medical/Surgical Services

Maria Sanchez, MSN, RN

Raul Santiesteban, RN

Raul has been working at UMC for eight years.  He is assigned to the Surgical Unit.  He says he chose to practice there because he “wants to help people recuperate after surgery.”

  Raul participates in his Unit and Performance Improvement Councils. He is also the electronic medical record expert for his unit. Raul is always there for his patients and states, “You can count on me 100%, always.”

Dolores Vega, RN

Dolores has been working at UMC for 26 years, all of which have been spent in the Medical Center's Surgical Unit. She says she decided to become a nurse because of her desire to help people, including her co-workers.

They say she has created a warm and comfortable environment in their extremely busy unit. She's widely seen as an inspiration for new nurses because of her willingness to return to work each day with a smile, ready for another full day.

In addition to her patient care duties, Dolores is very involved in UMC's performance improvement initiatives. She currently serves on the Safety Council, the Neuro Task Force, the Medication Task Force, the Clinical Practice Council and on her department's Unit Council.

Jagruti Castorena, RN

Jagruti has been a nurse for 12 years. She decided to work in UMC's Surgical Unit because of its fast pace and many challenges, which, she says, provide her with the chance to make the greatest difference in her patients' lives.

She is currently working the night shift, but still finds time to Chair her Unit Council. As Chair, Jagruti says she has the opportunity to bring the unit's nurses closer together, which in turn, improves patient care.

Her fellow nurses say that Jagruti is a very caring, fair, honest and hard working Associate and a great mom to her two children.