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CHOC Mission Names New Chief Nursing Officer

MISSION VIEJO, Calif., Dec. 12, 2018 – CHOC Children’s has named veteran nurse Emma Sandhu as vice president, administrator and chief nursing officer for CHOC Children’s at Mission Hospital (CHOC Mission), the only children’s hospital for families in south Orange County.

In her new role, Emma will oversee the comprehensive services provided to CHOC Mission patients.

“I am proud to continue my career with CHOC Mission, working alongside a mighty brigade of passionate and expert nurses, physicians and staff, who are all dedicated to providing our patients and families with the highest quality of care, while also working to preserve the magic of childhood,” Sandhu said. “I look forward to new challenges in my career at CHOC.”

Since joining CHOC in 2002, Sandhu has held multiple leadership roles throughout the pediatric healthcare system: manager of Kids Doc Urgent Care; pediatric intensive care unit manager; director of patient care services; and most recently, interim administrator/chief nursing officer for CHOC Mission.

Prior to joining CHOC, Sandhu served as pediatric intensive care unit manager at UC Irvine Medical Center, and registered nurse at Rady Children’s Hospital. She holds a master’s degree in nursing.

“Emma brings to this role nearly three decades of expertise in nursing, including a deep commitment to excellence and a desire to serve our patients and families,” said Matthew Gerlach, CHOC’s executive vice president and chief operating officer. “We look forward to her ongoing leadership at CHOC Mission as we continue to advance our mission to nurture, advance and protect the health and well-being of children in Orange County and beyond as a leading destination pediatric healthcare system.”

CHOC Mission is a separately licensed 54-bed “hospital within a hospital” on the fifth floor of Mission Hospital. CHOC Mission maintains a full medical staff, including physicians in virtually every pediatric specialty, an all-RN nursing staff, and 24-hour hospitalists and neonatologists on site.

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