Dawn Laundrup. Photo via Palomar Medical Center

Dawn Laundrup has been appointed the new director of surgical services at Palomar Medical Center, the Poway hospital said.

She comes to Palomar Health with 20 years of nursing and leadership experience, most recently managing 11 operating rooms at the Level 1 Trauma Facility UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest.

Laundrup, 53, is a decorated military veteran, and served seven years as an Air Force nurse corps officer. She was awarded the prestigious Air Force Commendation Medal for leading the implementation of a highly successful surgical safety program, the hospital said.

Earlier, she was manager of the Seattle Children’s Dental Surgery Center and the Outpatient Procedure Center and manager of surgery resource services at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, according to her LinkedIn profile.

Laundrup earned her bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Arizona and holds a dual master of business administration and master of health administration from the University of Maryland.
 
She lives in El Cajon with her husband, has three grown children, and cares for multiple rescue cats and three dogs, the hospital said.

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