Sandy Garcia

Associate Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Behavioral Health Services

QHR Health

Sandy Garcia brings over 37 years of healthcare experience to her role as associate vice president for QHR Health.

Sandy’s career has focused in executive nursing leadership, including stints as Chief Nursing Executive for several acute care facilities. Her experience ranges from large tertiary care facilities to small rural hospitals. She has also worked with the Department of Justice and the Department of Defense with emphasis on quality and accreditation preparation and recovery for Behavioral Health, Ambulatory, Nursing Care Centers and Hospital. Most recently, Sandy served as the surveyor and lead consultant in the hospital, nursing care center, ambulatory and behavioral health programs for The Joint Commission Enterprise surveying to the Standards and Elements of Performance and the Medicare Conditions of Participation.

Areas of Expertise

  • Survey Preparation
  • Accreditation Recovery
  • Lean/Six Sigma
  • Change Management
  • Healthcare Operations
  • Patient Safety
  • Transparency

Previous Experience

  • Surveyor and Lead Consultant
    The Joint Commission
  • Chief Nursing Officer/Vice President of
    Patient Care Services
  • Director of Surgical Services/OR Nurse


  • Masters of Business Administration
    North Park College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
    Elmhurst College
  • Nursing
    St. Mary’s School of Nursing


  • Certified Change Agent, The Joint
  • Certified Black Belt, Villanova University
  • Licensed Nursing Home Administrator,
    South Carolina
  • Certified Joint Commission Professional