Summit Talent Group Completes Search for Director Surgical Services at Rady Children’s Hospital – San Diego

March 2022 – Following a national search and selection process, we are pleased to announce the placement of Bernadette ‘Bernie’ Roberson as Rady Children’s Hospital – San Diego’s new Director of Surgical Services, effective February 2022.

Nationally recognized for medical excellence, Rady Children’s is highly ranked in all 10 pediatric specialties surveyed by U.S. News & World Report and has achieved Magnet® designation. Reporting to the Vice President, Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer, the Director provides leadership to the surgical services team. Bernie’s role will be as a visible leader who actively champions quality outcomes & drives key dashboard metrics with a focus on high-level infections, block time utilization, turnover times, and first case start times. She will also provide direction for implementing OR standardization, clinical workflows, pre-op processes, and service line growth while fostering a culture of collaboration with physicians and nursing.

Prior to joining Rady Children’s, Bernie had served at Scripps Health for 20 years from when she joined as an operating room nurse at Scripps Chula Vista up to Director of Surgical Services at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. She also served as a nurse at Sharp Memorial Hospital for eight years. Bernie’s early career in nursing was in Chicago, IL as a Staff Nurse at Weiss Memorial Hospital after relocating from the Philippines.

Bernie earned her Doctor of Nursing from California State University Fullerton. She also earned a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Phoenix, and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Manila Tytana Colleges in the Philippines.

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