UMC names new ‘Top Nurse;’ Will oversee multiple departments, Hundreds Of Nurses

University Medical Center of El Paso has a new “top nurse” as hospital officials announced the hiring of Amyra (Amy) Daher as their new Chief Nursing Officer.

“I am so excited about this new opportunity,” said Amy.

“We have such a great team, experienced professionals and leaders who make our hospital much more successful. Roxanne has always been a mentor to me and I know she is a short walk or a phone call away, whenever we need each other. Our leadership team and Jacob have been extremely supportive and it is my hope that I can return that support and continue our progress as El Paso’s most advanced hospital.”

Amy most recently was the Assistant Chief Nursing Officer to UMC’s interim Chief Nursing Officer Roxanne Weisendanger, who will become the new Chief Nursing Officer at El Paso Children’s Hospital.

“I am excited that Amy has accepted this position and is willing to continue and expand her leadership and experience at UMC,” said Jacob Cintron, President and CEO. “This is a time of great need in our community and region as we navigate our current world health challenge. Amy has already shown her ability to lead our nursing team and multiple departments with finesse, well-reasoned decision making and seemingly unending dedication to our hospital and community. Welcome to our leadership team, Amy!”

Amy received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and Master of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Texas at El Paso.

“I am so happy for both Amy and Roxanne as they take on ever increasing roles of responsibility and leadership in healthcare,” added Cintron. “Amy will be charged with leading and implementing programs and initiatives that affect thousands of El Pasoans who depend on us for an exceptionally high level of care. I am quite certain she is up to the task and responsibility.”

Weisendanger, while in her leadership as interim Chief Nursing Officer, introduced initiatives and safety improvements that led to UMC’s Level IV Maternal Care designations, UMC’s Level 1 Comprehensive Stroke designation, and most recently, UMC’s receipt of a Grade A for Patient Care and Safety from LeapFrog, a national hospital ratings system.

“It’s hard to see Roxanne leave,” Cintron said, “but it’s comforting that she will be only footsteps away at El Paso Children’s Hospital. I know she and Amy will continue to support each other.”

Both Chief Nursing Officers are widely respected and known at both hospitals and familiar with the necessity for

continued hospital partnership and collaboration.

UMC officials also announced that Eric Johansen, Emergency Department Director, will serve as the interim Assistant Chief Nursing Officer until the permanent position is announced.

Eric has 6 years’ experience throughout UMC and oversees all nursing staff and technicians in the UMC Emergency Department, which includes the UMC’s Scherr Legate Level 1 Trauma Center. He also manages UMC’s new Emergency Departments in northeast and east El Paso.

Both new departments opened in February 2020. He also has extensive experience working with telemetry, cardiac step-down and other departments.