Debra A. Sayles, R.N., Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Scottish Rite for Children

Debra A. Sayles, R.N.

Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer

Assistant: 214-559-7679

Debra A. “Debbie” Sayles joined the staff of Scottish Rite 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, Debbie began serving as 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, Debbie 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. In her role, she is also responsible for Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement throughout the organization, and develops and sustains an environment that supports excellence and innovation in clinical practice and patient care that supports positive patient outcomes. 

Debbie is a native of Rhode Island and received her Diploma in Nursing from Rhode Island Hospital School of Nursing. Before joining Scottish Rite, she served in various staff nursing and leadership positions in Iowa, Michigan and Texas. She 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.

Debbie 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 to which she belongs include the American Nurses Association and the American College of Health Care Executives. For more than ten years she has 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. Debbie also serves as a member of the church’s Special Needs Ministry Advisory Board.