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UMC has the only Level I Trauma Center within a 280-mile radius. We are committed to the treatment of those affected by trauma of all ages. We operate within both the Texas trauma system and New Mexico trauma system which involves coordination of trauma care delivery among other trauma centers, EMS agencies, and state and local government agencies.

Being a Level I Trauma Center means University Medical Center of El Paso has committed to maintaining a full-range of specialties and resources available 24 hours a day. Our specialized hospital is distinguished by the immediate full availability of specialized personnel, equipment, and services to treat the most severe and critical injuries. Our Trauma Center is verified through the American College of Surgeons (ACS).

The conditions of maintaining Trauma Center designation include demonstrating the clinical conditions and resources exist and the policies used serve as professional guidelines for care. For example, we have established: specific trauma team activation criteria and team roles; clinical practice guidelines; Trauma Performance Improvement and Patient Safety (TPIPS) measures, and transfer agreements for burn patients.

The Trauma Department serves as the process communication and improvement team within the organization. The instructional tool known as “Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient, 2014 (6th Ed.)” from the American College of Surgeons provides the required outline for maintaining ACS verification.

Did you know?

  • Attorneys James F. Scherr and Sam Legate, made a $1 million dollar gift in early 2014 to name the UMC Level 1 Trauma Center, now known as the Scherr Legate Trauma Center. The gift was used for medical equipment and surgical instrumentation.
  • We are the only Level 1 Trauma Center in a 280-mile radius - and our services are verified through the American College of Surgeons.
  • UMC is one of two hospitals in El Paso to care for victims of the Aug. 3, 2019 shooting that killed 23 El Pasoans. UMC's expertise in trauma care ensured all of the victims who arrived at the hospital alive on that day survived and are with us today.
  • We have many wonderful success stories in Trauma and our patient, Jaclyn Pellicotte, is one of them. Read about her journey: Wildflower: The Miracle Story of UMC Patient Jaclyn Pellicotte.