Sandy Garcia

BSN, RN, MBA, NHA, CJCP, Certified Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma, Certified Change Agent

Associate Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Behavioral Health Services, Clinical Services

Ovation Healthcare

Sandy Garcia brings over 37 years of healthcare experience to her role as AVP, Regulatory Affairs and Behavioral Health Services for Ovation Healthcare.

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 Hospitals. Most recently, Sandy served as the surveyor and lead consultant 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

  • The Joint Commission
    Surveyor and Lead Consultant
  • 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 Commission
  • Certified Black Belt, Villanova University
  • Licensed Nursing Home Administrator, South Carolina
  • Certified Joint Commission Professional