Debra A. “Debbie” Sayles
Debra A. “Debbie” Sayles joined the staff of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in November of 1994 as Director of Inpatient Nursing with more than 22 years of experience. In February of 1998, she was promoted to Assistant Administrator and has held various administrative positions through the years. In 2009, Sayles began serving as the Chief Nursing Officer and was appointed Vice President in 2013. She still holds both of those positions today.
As a tertiary referral center for children with complex orthopedic needs, Sayles works closely with the nursing staff and physicians to ensure a safe environment that provides the highest quality of patient care for all the children of Scottish Rite Hospital. In her role, Sayles is also responsible for Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement throughout the organization and develops and sustains an environment, which supports excellence and innovation in clinical practice and patient care that supports positive patient outcomes.
Sayles is a native of Rhode Island and received her Diploma in Nursing from Rhode Island Hospital School of Nursing. Before joining Scottish Rite Hospital she served in various staff nursing and leadership positions in Iowa, Michigan and Texas. Sayles completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Health Services Administration at the University of Texas-Southwestern and her Master’s Degree in Business Administration at the University of Dallas.
Sayles is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives and holds her certification as a Nurse Executive through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Other professional organizations she belongs to include the American Nurses Association and the American College of Health Care Executives. For more than ten years she is been an active volunteer with the Highland Park United Methodist Church “Night OWLS” program which provides respite care for families of children with special needs and their siblings. Sayles also serves as a member of the church’s Special Needs Ministry Advisory Board.