Mark Amox, President & Chief Executive Officer
Mark joins El Paso Children’s Hospital from University of Florida Health where he served as Administrator and COO of UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital and brings over 15 years of experience as an accomplished healthcare executive. Under his leadership, UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital recently achieved nationally ranking in 9 of 10 specialties from the US News and World Report Best Children’s Hospitals- the most of any children’s hospital in the State of Florida.
During his tenure at UF Health, Mark served in senior leadership roles at UF Health Sbands Children’s Hospital, UF Health Shands Psychiatric Hospital, and UF Health Shands Rehab Hospital. At UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital as the Administrator and COO, he was responsible for the operations and performance of the hospital along with the overall UF Health pediatric clinical enterprise; which includes both the hospital and pediatric outpatient clinics. Mark actively worked with both UF Health Shands and UF Health College of Medicine leaders to advance, develop and advocate for children’s healthcare both within the organization and regionally.
Before his tenure with UF Health, Mark spent over 15 years working in leading academic medical centers and children’s hospitals. He served as Chief Department Administrator for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Department of Pediatrics located at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Additionally, he held operations and finance positions with Houston Methodist Children’s Memorial Hermann and the University of Texas Health Science Center Houston.
Mark earned a Bachelor of Arts from Henderson State University and a Master’s in Business Administration and in Healthcare Administration from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. He is board certified in healthcare management and a Fellow in the American Colleges of Healthcare Executives and is a Certified Medical Practice Executive in the American College of Medical Practice Executives.
Ellen Pitcher, Chief Nursing Officer/Chief Operating Officer
Ms. Ellen M. Pitcher joins El Paso Children’s Hospital as the Interim Chief Nursing Officer and Chief Operating Officer. She is a senior healthcare executive with more than 30 years of progressive nursing leadership experience in various acute care settings and has held successful leadership roles in small and large public, not-for-profit, and for-profit facilities over the course of her career.
Prior to joining EPCH, Ms. Pitcher served as the Chief Nursing Officer at Baylor All Saints Medical Center in Fort Worth, a not-for-profit hospital which is part of Baylor Scott & White Health. Ms. Pitcher has also served as the Chief Nursing Officer and Chief Operating Officer at Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano, now Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Plano. Under her leadership, Baylor Scott & White – Plano earned many nursing honors, including the 2008 Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Patient Safety and the 2006 and 2007 VHA Leadership Award for Clinical Excellence for treatment of acute myocardial infarction and congestive heart failure. The hospital was also designated a Texas Nurse Friendly hospital from 2007 until 2010. The American Society of Bariatric Surgeons has named Baylor Plano a Bariatric Center of Excellence.
Ms. Pitcher held a number of management positions before joining Baylor. She served as Director of Restorative Care Services at Harris Methodist Fort Worth and Director of Medical Office Operations and Medical Office Administrator for Kaiser Permanente in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. She was Director of Clinical Care Services for Plaza Medical Center in Fort Worth and an analyst for Patient Care Services for MD Buyline. She’s also been a head nurse in critical care units at Granville C. Morton Hospital and Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas.
In 2005, Pitcher served as an adjunct clinical instructor for masters prepared students at University of Texas at Arlington. From 1991 to 1992, she was a clinical instructor for junior medical/surgical students at Plaza Medical Center and University of Texas at Arlington.
She earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Texas Woman’s University and her Master of Science in nursing from University of Texas at Arlington. She graduated from Texas Christian University with a Master of Business Administration. Pitcher has her Advanced Certification in Nursing Administration.
She’s a member of the American Nurses Association, Texas Nurses Association, American Association of Nurse Executives, Texas Organization of Nurse Executives, North Texas Organization of Nurse Executives and the American College of Health Care Executives. In 1993, Texas Nurses Association named Pitcher one of the Great 100 Nurses.
Dr. Bradley Fuhrman, Physician-in-Chief
Dr. Bradley Fuhrman joins the team as El Paso Children’s Hospital’s first Physician-in-Chief. Dr. Fuhrman relocated from New York where he was a tenured professor of pediatrics and anesthesiology at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo and the Division Chief of Pediatric Critical Care at Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. He spent more than two decades at the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at SUNY. Prior to SUNY, Dr. Fuhrman was a critical care specialist at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
Dr. Fuhrman is an internationally recognized expert in alternative mode of life support and disaster preparedness. He has authored or co-authored almost 200 articles and publications including the definitive textbook for pediatric care medicine, Pediatric Critical Care. Dr. Fuhrman has had numerous research inventions, patents and patent applications in his name. He has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Pediatrics, Critical Care Medicine, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, as well as on the editorial committee of the World Journal of Pediatrics.
Dr. Fuhrman began his distinguished career at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine and earned his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine. Dr. Fuhrman went on to complete sub-speciality training in neonatology and pediatric cardiology at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine.
Dr. Fuhrman is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in general pediatrics and three subspecialties: pediatric cardiology, perinatal medicine, and pediatric critical care. He is a Fellow of the American College of Critical Care medicine. He is also board certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners.
Among his many awards and recognitions are the Helen L. DeRoy Distinguished Visiting Professor of Pediatrics Children’s Hospital of Detroit, Luis Mosovich Award, Pediatric ICU Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, and the Distinguished Career Award, AAP Critical Care Section.