About Us

"To advance the Far West Texas / Southern New Mexico trauma and emergency healthcare system through prevention, education, preparedness, and response."

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 an inclusive emergency health system. 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 plus the New Mexico counties of Catron, Dona Ana, Grant, Hidalgo, Luna, Sierra and Otero. Within the region are urban, rural and frontier areas representing over 40,000 square miles with a population over two million.

BorderRAC is relied upon to unite regional medical providers and serve as a strategic partner for the Texas legislature, state and local agencies, and most importantly for the health and welfare of our region. BorderRAC is integral to helping hospitals and other healthcare organizations in emergency preparedness to respond to a wide-scale natural disaster or terrorism attack.

BorderRAC is a healthcare coalition with a comprehensive interprofessional membership of hospitals, EMS, and other healthcare agencies and has expanded its role. BorderRAC committees work to reduce injury, illness and preventable deaths in the areas of trauma, stroke, heart disease, pediatrics, and neonates.

BorderRAC is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping residents of our region in the education and prevention of injury and disease and healthcare emergencies and disaster preparedness.


Executive Board (Revised Sept. 2017)

Alex Ramos - Chair
MSN, RN, CCRN
Hospitals of Providence

Sara Seagrove - Secretary
BSN, RN
HCA Healthcare

Todd Haugen - Ex-Officio
BBA, LP
HCA Healthcare

Todd Haugen - Chair Elect
BBA, LP
HCA Healthcare

Carla Escobar - Treasurer
BSN, RN
University Medical Center of El Paso

Leadership

Wanda Helgesen - Executive Director
MSN, RN
BorderRAC


Committees

Acute Care Services Committee Chair

Sandra Gonzalez
MSN, RN, CCRN
University Medical Center of El Paso

Subcommittees:

EMS Committee Chair

Eddie Sanchez
LP
Life Ambulance Services

Emergency Preparedness and Response Committee Chair

Imelda Cazarez
CHSP
Hospitals of Providence

Perinatal Committee Chair

Nicolo Geralde
DO, FAAP
Neonatal Medicine and Pediatrics

Prevention Committee Chair

Julia Perez
RN, MSN
Hospitals of Providence - East Campus

Regional System PI Committee

Alan Tyroch
MD, FACS
Texas Tech University

Subcommittees

Physician At-Large Representative

Andrew Palafox
MD
Del Sol Medical Center

Community At-Large Representatives

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

Teresa Souza
Community-At-Large
APR

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

Texas Rural At-Large Representative

VACANT

New Mexico Rural-At-Large Representative

Eric Palma
LP
Native Air