Unlike the other hospitals in this area, University Medical Center of El Paso is owned by the people of El Paso. They are the city’s only not-for-profit, community hospital, which means their allegiances are to no one other than the people they serve.

Their work began in 1915 in a two-story, adobe building. The move to 4815 Alameda happened just a year later when residents of the area raised the money to build a new hospital. It was called El Paso General.

Then, in the 1950’s, El Pasoans voted to create the El Paso County Hospital District. By doing so, they agreed to tax themselves to ensure that quality healthcare services would be available in the city, especially for its neediest residents. That’s when University Medical Center of El Paso was built. It was originally named R.E. Thomason General Hospital in honor of the city's former Mayor, U.S. Congressman and Federal Judge, Mr. Robert Ewing Thomason. It became University Medical Center of El Paso on July 13, 2009.

In 2011, UMC completed an expansion and renovation of the hospital’s Level 1 Trauma Center & Emergency Department, critical care and nursing units, to all private rooms with state-of-the-art facilities.

In 2012, UMC completed, on behalf of El Paso taxpayers, the construction of the El Paso Children’s Hospital, region’s only hospital of its kind, equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and some of the most highly regarded specialists and subspecialists in pediatric healthcare in the nation. In 2016, El Paso Children’s Hospital officially became a subsidiary of UMC.

In 2013, UMC initiated a comprehensive clinical plan to expand its Outpatient Clinics throughout the El Paso region to improve access to care for many El Pasoans.

C.A.R.E.S. Values

Through it all, University Medical Center of El Paso’s Mission has remained the same. They are here to serve all who seek their help, regardless of their ability to pay. And they are guided by their C.A.R.E.S. Values:


We are proud to be a part of the El Paso community and will maintain high involvement with community members, leaders and organizations as our partners in making El Paso a healthier place to live.


We will use our resources wisely, completing tasks without waste or excess. We will deliver good value and maintain financial viability to continue to carry out our Mission.

Respect and Dignity

We will serve others as we would wish to be served, striving always to meet and exceed what is expected of us.

Excellence in Service

We will conduct ourselves with the highest ethical standards and integrity. Our professionalism will be reflected in our actions and appearance. We will pursue continuous performance improvement, supported by clear performance measures. And we will encourage and support professional growth and development, placing high value on continuous learning.


We believe it is a fundamental part of our job to maintain a safe and accident–free work environment. We will correct or report safety hazards immediately.