Summit Talent Group Completes Operating Room Manager Search

July 10, 2017: After conducting a national search, Summit Talent Group has completed the Nurse Manager Operating Room search for Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) with the placement of Dragana (Dee) Bukorovic, BSN, RN, CNOR

Summit Talent Group finds Operating Room Manager for CHOC
Summit Talent Group has completed a Nurse Manager Operating Room search for Children’s Hospital of Orange County

Dee comes to CHOC from the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health) in Chicago, Illinois, where she has most recently held the position of Administrative Nurse III, responsible for six surgical services: transplant, cardiothoracic, vascular, oncology, plastic and oral surgery. UI Health consists of a 495-bed hospital, 22 ambulatory clinics, 13 Federally Qualified Health Centers, and seven health science colleges. Dee has been a speaker at multiple Perioperative Retreats for UI Health, and in 2015 she won the Pinnacle Leader Award.

Previously, Dee worked as a Staff Nurse at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL, St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart, IN, and St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago, IN, where she gained experience in orthopedics, general surgery, and labor and delivery.

Dee earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Indiana University Northwest and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Indiana University. She is also a Certified Nurse Operating Room (CNOR).

Melanie Patterson, Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer at CHOC, stated that, “It was the smoothest leader hire yet,” considering the extreme demand for talent in the operating room management arena.

Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) is an award-winning non-profit health system consisting of two hospitals and multiple community clinics and mobile health vans supporting the mission to nurture, advance and protect the health and well-being of children. For more information, visit

The Nurse Manager Operating Room search was conducted by Summit Talent Group, a boutique executive search firm that specializes conducting nationwide searches in the healthcare industry. Our areas of expertise include not-for-profit, for-profit, academic, governmental and faith-based hospital systems; physician enterprises; ambulatory and surgery centers; long-term-care, skilled nursing and rehabilitation operations; home care agencies; health care consulting firms; managed care companies; and life science organizations.

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