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


(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.”

Named one of the best children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report (2014-2015) and a 2016 Leapfrog Top Hospital for the highest quality of care, Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC Children's) is exclusively committed to the health and well-being of children through clinical expertise, advocacy, outreach, education and research that brings advanced treatment to pediatric patients. Affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, CHOC’s regional health care network includes two state-of-the-art hospitals in Orange and Mission Viejo, many primary and specialty care clinics, a pediatric residency program, and four clinical centers of excellence - the CHOC Children’s Heart, Neuroscience, Orthopaedic and Hyundai Cancer Institutes. CHOC earned the Gold Level CAPE Award from the California Council of Excellence, the only children’s hospital in California to ever earn this distinction, and was awarded Magnet designation, the highest honor bestowed to hospitals for nursing excellence. Recognized for extraordinary commitment to high-quality critical care standards, CHOC’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is the first in the United States to earn the Beacon Award for Pediatric Critical Care Excellence. ###

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