Matthew Sandoval
Matthew Sandoval

Matthew Sandoval


Health Management Associates

Costa Mesa, CA

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Matthew Sandoval is an accomplished leader in healthcare with a proven track record of managing the administration, operations, and quality outcomes in large hospital systems.

Prior to joining HMA, Matthew was chief quality officer/interim chief operating officer at Lakewood Regional Medical Center in Lakewood, CA. He was responsible for quality outcomes for 172 acute care hospitals and led a team of 10 directors covering ancillary departments including laboratory, respiratory therapy, radiology, pharmacy, facilities and biomed, as well as physical, occupational and speech therapy, and dietary and environmental service. He was responsible for the hospital’s regulatory response from outside agencies such as the California Department of Health (CDH), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and The Joint Commission (TJC). Matthew also designed the hospitals’ COVID-19 response, including managing changes in guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. He also successfully executed the hospitals’ COVID-19 vaccine response clinics.

As chief deputy director/chief operating officer at Ventura County Healthcare Agency/Ventura County Medical Center and Santa Paula Hospital, Matthew served as an operations leader and second in command with assumed oversight of the public health, behavioral health, hospitals, ambulatory care, medical examiner’s office, Ventura County Health Plan and Animal Services of Ventura County in the absence of the director. He supervised an annual budget of $850 million and coordinated a successful Joint Commission hospital accreditation survey. Matthew also assisted in the overall ambulatory clinic operations of 15 hospital-based clinics, five exempt clinics, and 23 federally qualified healthcare centers (FQHCs) through monthly financial reviews.

Matthew was previously an assistant hospital supervisor at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton, CA and was responsible for the performance improvement, infection control, medical staff office, medical library, risk management, cancer registry, regulatory and patient safety departments. He completed a successful General Acute Care relicensing survey conducted by the California Department of Public Health, implemented a strategic plan to reduce hospital infection rates through compliance with evidenced based practices, and initiated a culture of safety program with Beta Healthcare Group to implement a Just Culture program within 18 months. He also set strategic priorities to include the implementation of TeamSTEPPS training in the emergency, labor and delivery, and operating room departments.

Matthew has a Master of Health Administration and a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ), a Certified Joint Commission Professional (CJCP), and a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.