Meet Debra Saddlemire, Perioperative and Outpatient Services Department Manager at MCH. Debra joined MCH in February of 2017. She brings a passion for nursing with 28 years of experience to this role. Perioperative refers to the three phases of surgery: preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative. The goal of perioperative care is to provide better conditions for patients before, during and after surgery. Outpatient services include infusions and dressing changes.

MCH handles over 350 surgeries each year. Additionally, this department oversees at least 3 outpatient infusions per week and 2 or more wound care patients per day. Here are some of the many surgeries taking place at MCH:


·         Mass removal

·         Colonoscopy

·         Hernia repairs

·         Appendectomy


·         Carpel tunnel release

·         Shoulder and knee arthroscopies

·         Trigger finger release

·         Hammer toe repairs


·         Cataract removal

·         Lens implants

·         YAG laser treatment


  • Arthoplasty                                                                 (restores the function of a joint)


·         Tonsillectomy

·         Adenoidectomy


Debra’s team includes: Aaron Jacobs, Nurse Anesthetist; Paul Gill, Surgical Supervisor for all pre and post-operative surgical patients; Cliff Bennett, Head Surgical Scrub Technician; Tandi Orangetree, Wound Care Specialist, and several part time nurses and techs who work on a rotating basis. Debra works to ensure that the Perioperative Department is compliant with all health care regulations, maintains high standards of patient care, oversees scheduling, budgeting and staffing.

Debra has spent her entire life in San Bernardino County, born in San Antonio Hospital and raised in Upland. Debra’s desire for nursing began while in high school.   She was so passionate about this field that she was already a certified nursing assistant before she graduated from high school! Three days after high school graduation, she began a Licensed Vocational Nurse Program at Mount San Antonio College. Once finished, Debra worked as an LVN, while continuing her education in a Registered Nurse Program, which she completed in 1990 and her career took off!

Debra has been a registered nurse for 28 years, beginning in the neonatal department at Pomona Valley Hospital.  After 10 years there, she served as Surgical Supervisor and Support Manager at Foothill Ambulatory Surgery Center.  In 2014 she was hired by San Antonio Hospital to provide procedural sedation and monitoring of patients undergoing procedures.

Following the 31 years she and her husband, Scott, spent in Upland raising their two children, the Saddlemires realized their lifelong dream to live and work in the San Bernardino Mountains. They moved to Lake Arrowhead in 2016.  When not on duty, Debra and her husband, who serves as an Inspector for the Division of the State Architect (DSA Inspector), work on projects to renovate their new home in Cedar Ridge.

When asked how she would compare MCH to working at a larger hospital, Debra replied, “We have a great comradery here. You see this throughout the hospital, not only in specific departments, but between all departments. A common goal of our staff is they work together and go above and beyond to help patients and families, through the services MCH offers. This hospital provides an incredible service to all in our community. Recently our family required Emergency Services here. Being a nurse I can truly say I was beyond impressed with the care my family member received at MCH and am grateful to have such services on the mountain.”