University Medical Center of El Paso (145)

University Medical Center of El Paso


University Medical Center of El Paso (UMC), Scherr Legate Level I Trauma Center is verified by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and designated by Texas and New Mexico Department of Health.


UMC’s Level I trauma center, the only Level I trauma center in a 270-mile radius of El Paso, has a mission to ensure every injured patient receives timely and high quality care that meets or exceeds standards put forth by the American College of Surgeons, The Joint Commission, Texas and New Mexico State Department of Health Services.

A Level I trauma center is a specialized hospital distinguished by the immediate availability of specialized trained personnel, equipment and services to treat the most severe and critically injured. University Medical Center of El Paso is committed to maintaining a full spectrum of specialties and resources available 24 hours a day, including trauma surgeons, orthopedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, oral-maxillofacial surgeons, pediatric surgeons, obstetrics and gynecological surgeons, ophthalmology, pediatric specialty transport team and more.

UMC is committed to caring for those affected by trauma and we serve as the trauma prevention community leaders. We collaborate with Texas and New Mexico trauma systems to coordinate the delivery of regional trauma care.


UMC is enrolled with the American Trauma Society (ATS) Trauma Survivors Network (TSN) program. The TSN coordinator aids in the trauma survivors empowerment to share their experience and inspire hope to others as part of the recovery process. Reinforcing the importance of their involvement will promote resiliency, healing and adaptation to a traumatic injury.

Traumatic injury and violence are recognized as two major public health concerns in the United States. While trauma medical care continues to advance, trauma survivors and their families are often faced with life-changing mental, emotional, physical and financial concerns.


One of our department’s goals is to educate and promote injury prevention activities.  The hospital based TSN Coordinator strives to recruit and train trauma survivors and survivor’s family members who volunteer their time as Peer Visitors to continue support. The TSN Coordinator will also coordinate peer support services, such as Support Groups or Trauma Awareness events for survivors and their families during various stages of the recovery process

The TSN Coordinator within trauma services department strive to identify patients at risk for acute stress, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anxiety and depression to provide support, information and community resources as needed.

Comprehensive care for trauma patients includes a commitment to return the patient to society with the maximum physical and psychological function possible consistent with his or her injuries.


TSN Coordinator

Laura Davila-Vazquez
Email Coordinator

4815 Alameda Ave., Trauma Department
El Paso, Texas, 79905

work: (915)544-1200 Ext.41965

Upcoming Programs & Events

May is Trauma Awareness Month!

May 2020The entire month of May is focused on raising awareness for trauma survivors, their family/friends, and the trauma professionals who go above and beyond every day.

National Trauma Survivors Day!

May 20, 2020The 3rd Weds. in May is National Trauma Survivors Day! We celebrate together the strength and resiliency of trauma survivors, their family/friends, and the trauma professionals who go above and beyond every day.

Next Steps Online

Next Steps is a FREE, 6-week online class to help survivors of traumatic injuries adjust to the new normal after trauma.