On the Move: CHOC Names Emma Sandhu Chief Quality and Patient Safety Officer



Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) has appointed seasoned nurse leader Emma Sandhu, MSN, RN, CPPS, chief quality and patient safety officer, following a nationwide search. Sandhu brings more than 30 years of healthcare experience to the position. Most recently, she has led CHOC at Mission Hospital as its chief nursing officer and administrator.

In her new role, Sandhu will be responsible for advancing quality improvement and safety initiatives across the pediatric healthcare system. She will work with leaders to ensure CHOC continues to achieve excellence in key standardized and national metrics for patient safety and quality care.

Sandhu’s career began at Rady Children’s Hospital, where she worked in the pediatric intensive care unit. She then moved on to leadership roles at UCI Health, St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix, and finally to CHOC. Most recently, Sandhu spearheaded CHOC’s Joy in Work collaborative to help ensure a joyful and engaged workforce. She serves on the organization’s strategic workforce planning council, a cross-functional team focused on people-centered initiatives.

A frequent presenter at national conferences, Sandhu earned her master’s degree in nursing from the University of Texas at Arlington and is currently working on a doctor of nursing practice degree.