Donor Impact

 A Higher Level of Care Where Once There Was None.



 As a donor, it is essential to be able to measure the impact of gifts no matter the size. Donations to University Medical Center involve generations of people in the Southwest, especially in El Paso. The level of unprecedented medical care, economic development and health related change is because of the donations received. 

Imagine if El Paso did not have the University Medical Center? It would be devastating. As the only not-for-profit, community-owned hospital, accredited by The Joint Commission, UMC is a licensed, acute care facility with the only teaching hospital in our region. UMC serves as a fortress of accessibility to enhance the health and wellness of the El Paso community by making high quality, affordable healthcare services available to all. UMC operates under the District’s CARE Values of Community, Accountability, Respect, and Excellence. As a two-time recipient of the National Association of Public Hospitals & Health Systems’ Community Engagement Award as well as presented with the organization’s President’s Award for the incredible transformation that has taken place in recent years, University Medical Center’s presence is a gem in our city of more than 800,000 people. 

Before University Medical Center, the El Paso community did not have access to these vital services which include:

*   The Paul L. Foster School of Medicine: the region’s only four-year medical school on the Texas/Mexico border. A leader in educational innovation, all students must learn medical Spanish and do not wait until their third year of study, but rather begin clinical work in the first year. (clarify this). (How many have graduated since it began?)


* The Scherr Legate Trauma Center: El Paso’s only Level 1 Trauma Center within a 260-mile radius. (How many patients have gone through the Trauma Center since it began?)


*  The Women’s Pavilion, the only hospital for women and home to the Mother/Baby program. (How many women have been patients since it began?)


* The Sobreviviendo El Cancer/Surviving Cancer Program, helping more than 6,000 low-income, indigent and homeless cancer patients who are at risk of failing to comply with their treatment plan due to finances. UMC sees as many as 150 breast cancer surgeries in one month. 

* The Nurse-Family Partnership, a two-year nurse home visitation program for first-time, low-income mothers, especially teens moms and their babies.


Every penny of your gift stays right here at home.


Your donations matter! Every penny you give counts toward protecting El Paso's health. To view your gifts at work, take a look at the following Foundation's objectives. These programs of focus are designated to the "Area of Greatest Need" or mission driven dedicated to one of the following esteemed programs:


Areas of Focus


Advanced Primary Stroke Center


UMC is the first and only hospital in El Paso to have 24/7 coverage by an Interventional Neurologist. A rapidly growing program, it is committed to providing life-saving care to victims of stroke. UMC’s team of experts stay up-to-date with the latest medical treatment and technology and are dedicated to building a Comprehensive Stroke Center. As a Certified Advanced Primary Stroke Center, the team specializes in life-saving stroke care and work in a timely manner to diagnose, treat and to provide early rehabilitation to stroke patients.


Center for Diagnostic and Advanced Endoscopy 


UMC brings a higher level of care to the El Paso community and region by investing in state-of-the-art technology, recruiting skilled nurses and in partnering with Board-certified physician experts to create the area’s most advanced gastroenterology facility in El Paso. The experience of our highly skilled team is unmatched in the region and has quickly become a regional referral center for Gastroenterologists across West Texas and Southern New Mexico. In addition to traditional procedures such as endoscopies and colonoscopies, the Center features advanced care only available at UMC. Such advanced procedures allow the specialized team quickly and accurately to diagnose and treat digestive illnesses such as Barrett’s Esophagus, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), Crohn’s Disease, gallstones and ulcers.






Equipment: Covidian Halo Ablation, $145,000


Scherr Lagate Trauma Center


The only Level I Trauma Center within a 270-mile radius, University Medical Center of El Paso is committed to the treatment of those affected by trauma of all ages and as a leader in the prevention of trauma within the community we serve. 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. These services include: trauma surgery, orthopedic services, emergency medicine, neurosurgery, oral-maxillofacial surgery, ophthalmology, obstetrical and gynecological surgery and more.


Donors make a difference at the Scherr Legate Trauma Center


Equipment: Rotem Delta, $59,00


Aesculap Trauma Trays, $36,601 


Oncology Programs 



Since 2009, UMC has helped more than 6,000 low-income, indigent and homeless cancer patients who are at risk of failing to continue their treatment plan because of finances. To address the needs of breast cancer patients, the program helps low-income breast cancer patients with counseling, patient education, crisis intervention, referral services and support to help them focus on treatment, healing and recovery. There is a critical need for patient navigation to ensure women receive high quality breast cancer services. Grant support from the National Breast Cancer Foundation has enabled UMC to implement a hospital-based Breast Care Patient Navigation Program to eliminate barriers to treatment, provide patient and community education and to help patients and families find their way through an often complicated, fragmented healthcare system.


Donors make a difference in Oncology


(Grants by Mary Peyton, Moleen and Shiloff) $51,00


Infusion Center for Sobreviviendo, $32,500



Chemotherapy Infusion Center

The East Tower’s all new Chemotherapy and Infusion Center features easy access from the guest parking garage to a large 15-bay facility. Large windows overlooking a garden provide natural healing light to the adult patients’ treatment area. Each area features a plush reclining chair, flat screen TV with DVD and space for family or friends. Treatment areas are positioned around a nurse’s station that serves as the central point for patient and treatment monitoring.


Donors make a difference in the Chemotherapy Infusion Center


Equipment: Susan G. Komen grant, $22,500



UMC’s new iLab offers uncompromising client care, competitive pricing and a broad range of laboratory services. It is a state-of-the-art clinical and anatomical lab specializing in providing diagnostic testing. Services include: consultative and diagnostic interpretations in the fields of Hematopathology, Immunohistochemistry, Renal Pathology, Molecular, and Bone Marrow Pathology. Clinical testing is offered 24/7 with most in-house tests resulting within hours.