Melanie Patterson Named CHOC’s VP Patient Care Services, Chief Nursing Officer

Melanie Patterson

(ORANGE, Calif., Nov. 17, 2014) – A nursing veteran has been named CHOC Children’s vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer of the health system’s Orange campus.

Melanie Patterson began her 21-year CHOC tenure in its new graduate program and continued to serve in various capacities through the years: bedside nurse, charge nurse, clinical coordinator, nurse manager and executive director of the Hyundai Cancer Institute.

For the past six months, Patterson served in her new role on an interim basis. She also played a key leadership role during the construction, opening and licensure of the Bill Holmes Tower, CHOC’s 425,000-square-foot, seven-story patient care tower that opened in spring 2013.

Previously in her career, Patterson served as clinical director of pediatrics at City of Hope National Medical Center, where she also led several units.

Patterson holds a doctorate degree in nursing practice, executive leadership from American Sentinel University, as well as a master’s degree in health administration from Chapman University.

“I look forward to new challenges at CHOC. I began my career here and have taken pride in the hospital’s growth and evolution through the years,” Patterson said. “CHOC’s commitment to excellence and providing high-quality care to our patients and families is inspiring. It is truly my honor to work with a loyal CHOC family.”

CHOC Children's is exclusively committed to improving the health and well-being of children through clinical expertise, advocacy, outreach, education and research. Our growing health care community includes two state-of-the-art pediatric hospitals in Orange and Mission Viejo, many primary and specialty care clinics, a mental health inpatient center, and four clinical centers of excellence – the CHOC Children’s Heart, Neuroscience, Orthopaedic and Hyundai Cancer Institutes. To learn more, visit