About Us

"Encourage safe and healthy communities in Far West Texas and Southern New Mexico through the development, implementation and sustainment of the trauma and emergency healthcare system utilizing strategies of prevention, education and preparedness."

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. 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 Catron, 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 over one million.

Since no funding was available when the program was implemented, RACs were formed by dedicated volunteers in various medical professions. The original goal was 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.

The synergy created by the RACs has led to numerous extensions of the original goal. With the growth of BorderRAC, committees now work to reduce injury, illness and preventable deaths in the areas of trauma, stroke, heart disease, pediatrics and neonates. BorderRAC is integral to helping hospitals and other healthcare organizations prepare to respond to a wide-scale natural disaster or terrorism attack.

Improving the lives of the community requires we focus on clinical advances, lessons learned from other events, and the education of both medical professionals and the public. We are committed to these goals.

 


 

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

Committee Chairs

Sandra Gonzalez - Acute Care Services Committee
MSN, RN, CCRN
University Medical Center of El Paso

Subcommittees: Cardiac, Hospital Trauma, Regional Registry, Stroke

Imelda Cazarez - Emergency Preparedness and Response Committee
CHSP
Hospitals of Providence

Julia Perez - Prevention Committee
RN, MSN
Hospitals of Providence - East Campus

Eddie Sanchez - EMS Committee
LP
Life Ambulance Services

Nicolo Geralde - Perinatal Committee
DO, FAAP
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.

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

Eric Palma
LP
Native Air