UMC’s First Million Dollar Gift Launches Centennial Campaign

Level 1 Injury Center

UMC’s Level 1 Trauma Center will be named in honor of attorneys James  “Jim” F. Scherr and Sam Legate, whom have made a one million dollar gift to launch UMC’s Centennial Campaign. Named the Scherr Legate Trauma Center, the gift will be used for medical equipment and surgical instrumentation. 

Scherr Legate Trauma Center

Personal Injury Lawyers Trauma Center Donation



The Scherr Legate Trauma Center is the lone verified Level 1 Trauma Center in West Texas and Southern New Mexico within a 280-mile radius. A continuum will remain strong in providing the highest-level response care possible to critically injured trauma patients 24/7, by providing a cohesive medical team of physicians, nurses, technicians, and ancillary staff. A full scope of trauma specialties and resources such as trauma surgery, emergency medicine, neurosurgery, orthopedic services, obstetrical and gynecological surgery, and more will be maintained. 

This is a collaborative gift effort by the entire Scherr Legate Firm, as most of the attorneys were born and raised in the El Paso area. The firm views the contribution as an investment in the heart of the El Paso community for generations to come. Scherr Legate prides itself in service, sacrifice, and leadership and takes pride in the El Paso community. 

Mr. Scherr, a third generation El Pasoan, credits his grandfather as a visionary who believed in the future of El Paso enough to foresee acquiring large tracts of land including Fabens and significant areas of the Upper Valley. Scherr, a successful trial lawyer, has served three terms on the El Paso City Council.

El Paso resident, Mr. Legate was born in Austin and has been recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer annually since 2006. Since 1977, Legate has been a member of the Board of Directors of the El Paso Downtown Management District. He is dedicated to his service as a former member of El Paso County Hospital District Board and Founding Director of El Paso Children’s Hospital Board since 2007, serving as chairman from 2008 to present. Both Mr. Legate and his wife, Barbara, have been instrumental in establishing the El Paso Children’s Hospital. 

According to the American Trauma Society, the first hour – known as the “golden hour” is dire after a patient’s injury, because it is the most critical time for the determination as to whether the patient will live or die.