Who is BorderRAC?

"Our mission is to provide the leadership necessary to sustain high quality, professional services required of an inclusive trauma and emergency healthcare system."

In 1992 the Texas Board of Health divided the state into 22 regions called “trauma service areas.” A regional advisory council (“RAC”) was formed in each region to develop and implement the trauma system for that region. Since no funding was available when the program was implemented, these councils were formed and the work was done by dedicated volunteers in various medical professions. Our goal is to fully implement the statewide trauma system in order to reduce the number of trauma incidents, preventable deaths, reduce the severity of trauma-related disability, and to make sure that all Texas trauma victims receive the best care possible. For the past few years, we have also been helping hospitals make sure they are prepared to respond to a bioterrorism attack or a wide-scale natural disaster.

In the Southwest Region, the “Border” RAC is based out of El Paso, Texas.  BorderRAC encompasses the Texas counties of El Paso, Hudspeth and Culberson.  In addition to the Texas region it also encompasses the New Mexico counties of Caltron, Doña Ana, Grant, Hidalgo, Luna, Sierra, and Otero.  Within the region are urban, rural, and frontier areas.  The trauma service area represents 38,927 square miles with an estimated population of one million.

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Executive Board (Revised Sept. 2015)

Todd Haugen - Chair
BBA, LP
HCA Healthcare

Sara Seagrove - Secretary
BSN, RN
HCA Healthcare

Rachel Jameson - Ex-Officio
MSN, RN, TPM-C
William Beaumont Army Medical Center

Alex Ramos - Chair Elect
MSN, RN, CCRN
University Medical Center of El Paso

Alexa Timbrook - Treasurer
University Medical Center of El Paso

Leadership

Wanda Helgesen - Executive Director
MSN, RN
BorderRAC

Committee Chairs

Alex Ramos - Acute Care Services Committee
MSN, RN, CCRN
University Medical Center of El Paso

Subcommittees: Cardiac, Hospital Trauma, Regional Registry, Stroke

Monica Peralta - Emergency Preparedness and Response Committee

Del Sol Medical Center

Gloria Salazar - Prevention Committee
RN, MSN, MA
University Medical Center of El Paso

Eddie Sanchez - EMS Committee
Director of Operations
Life Ambulance Services

Nicolo Geralde - Perinatal Subcommittee
MD
Neonatal Medicine and Pediatrics

Alan Tyroch - Regional System PI Committee
MD, FACS
University Medical Center of El Paso

Subcommittees: Medical Education

Physician At-Large

Andrew Palafox
MD
Del Sol Medical Center

Community At-Large

David Palafox
MD, DABFP, FAAFP
Community-At-Large
El Paso First Healthplans, Inc.

James Voiland
Community-At-Large
AmeriSource

Teresa Souza
Community-At-Large
APR

Craig R. Roberts, J.D.
Community-At-Large
New York Life Insurance Company

Texas Rural At-Large

VACANT

New Mexico Rural-At-Large

Joaquin Graham
NREMT-P
New Mexico Member-At-Large
AMR - Las Cruces