Las Palmas Del Sol builds 3rd ER, Borderplex Realty official to Lone Star Title, Kemp Smith’s new partner, other biz people news
El Paso Area Teachers Federal Credit Union, or TFCU, celebrated the opening of its new, multimillion-dollar operations center March 21 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The 32,000-square-foot building at 1241 Pullman Drive in East El Paso will house up to 180 credit union employees when it reaches full capacity. TFCU’s operation departments were previously split in two buildings. “For over 82 years, we have been a premier financial institution for El Paso, and the growth we have experienced is reflected with this building,” TFCU CEO Max Villaronga said in a statement. TFCU has about 57,000 member customers, $630 million in assets and operates eight branches.
Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare has started construction of its third free-standing emergency center at 4740 Loma Del Sur in Northeast El Paso. It will look similar to its East El Paso ER, pictured here, at 1951 N. Zaragosa Road.
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Las Palmas Del Sol
Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare has started construction of its third free-standing emergency center. The $10 million facility is at 4740 Loma Del Sur Drive in Northeast El Paso, and is scheduled to open this fall.
It “will provide the same level of care and expertise that our hospital emergency departments do” with a staff of board-certified doctors and nurses trained in emergency care, Don Karl, CEO of Las Palmas Medical Center in West El Paso, said in a statement. The new ER will have 10 exam rooms, a trauma room, imaging equipment, including a CT scanner, and a medical lab. Las Palmas Del Sol is operated by HCA Healthcare, a national hospital chain based in Nashville, Tenn.
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Patrick Schaefer, executive director of the Hunt Institute for Global Competitiveness at UTEP.
Patrick Schaefer, executive director of the Hunt Institute for Global Competitiveness at the University of Texas at El Paso, is one of nine people in the United States selected for the 2018 Zhi-Xing China Eisenhower Fellowship program. Participants will travel throughout China for four weeks in June, pursuing individual projects and talking to leaders in their respective fields.
Schaefer will meet with representatives of companies and organizations involved in U.S.-China trade. The experience will allow Schaefer to inform regional leaders about how to bolster and grow trade with China. The Hunt institute does binational market research and analysis in the United States and Mexico. Since 1989, the Philadelphia-based Eisenhower Fellowships has sent over 300 U.S. residents to other countries for leadership development.
Tekla Mann has become the newest partner in the Trial Department at the El Paso law office of Kemp Smith. Mann’s primary area of practice is medical malpractice, insurance defense, products liability, premises liability and consumer litigation. She received her law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law.
Lone Star Title
Bernie Del Hierro is a new business development and commercial escrow officer at Lone Star Title in El Paso. The El Paso native previously was director at the Borderplex Realty Trust, an El Paso real estate investment trust, where he was involved in managing an $80 million commercial real estate portfolio, according to Lone Star’s news release. Del Hierro has worked 17 years in commodity trading and commercial and multifamily real estate.
Angelica Rosales, heading the public affairs division for APC Collective, an Austin-based public relations and marketing firm.
Angelica Rosales has been hired to lead the public affairs division for APC Collective Inc., an Austin-based public relations and marketing firm founded in in 2013 by El Paso native Audrey Ponzio. Rosales will be based in El Paso.
Rosales is founder of House of Hope Pregnancy Medical Center, a 15-year-old El Paso organization which recently merged with the Guiding Star Project. a national network of women’s pregnancy and health centers.
Rosales has worked 20 years for not-for-profit organizations in management and other roles. She’s currently completing her master’s degree in nonprofit administration at Notre Dame University.
Faith Borunda has been promoted to El Paso regional director for the Southwest Transplant Alliance, a Dallas-based organ procurement organization. She oversaw the El Paso office’s operations as El Paso office manager of clinical services. Before joining the alliance in September 2014, Borunda was a critical care registered nurse at University Medical Center of El Paso.
Hospice El Paso
Christa Talamantes is Hospice El Paso’s nonclinical 2017 Employee of the Year. She is manager of the not-for-profit organization’s accounting department. She’s worked for the organization for nine years. Talamantes is a Franklin High School and UTEP graduate.
Mike Pitcher, director of UTEP’s Academic Technologies – Learning Environments.
Mike Pitcher, director of the University of Texas at El Paso’s Academic Technologies – Learning Environments, has been selected as one of Apple Inc.’s 2018 Worldwide Apple Distinguished Educators, UTEP said.
In 1994, the California technology company created the worldwide award program to honor teachers from kindergarten through college for using Apple devices to transform teaching and learning. Pitcher also was one of Apple’s 125 U.S. Distinguished Educators of 2017. Pitcher’s portfolio for the honor included work with Tech-E, UTEP’s technology collaboration with El Paso schools.