For Immediate Release November 17, 2022


Jania Matthews:

Joel A. Sandler, MBA, BSN, RN, FACVP, has been named UM Capital Region Health's (UM Capital) new Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer. Sandler, who has been serving in an interim role, will have oversight of all nursing practices for inpatient, ambulatory, perioperative and procedural services, as well as behavioral health and patient engagement.

Sandler brings more than 20 years of leadership experience to the role and most recently served as Senior Director of Heart and Vascular Institute and Critical Care at UM Capital.

"I am honored to serve in this capacity," Sandler said. "I look forward to leading UM Capital's nursing practice and making a positive difference in the care we provide to our Prince George's County community."

Prior to arriving at UM Capital, Sandler served as Division Director of Heart and Vascular at George Washington University Hospital. He's also served as the Administrative Director of Cardiology at Florida Hospital in Orlando and Endovascular Center Administrative Director at The Methodist Hospital in Houston.

"Joel is a consummate professional and a great addition to our senior leadership team," said Nathaniel Richardson, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer of UM Capital. "His commitment to the field of nursing and efforts to improve efficiencies will make UM Capital an even stronger organization."

Sandler earned his Bachelor of Science in both sports medicine and in nursing from the University of Delaware and Master of Business Administration from Texas A&M Executive MBA Program. In addition, he is a fellow with the Alliance of Cardiovascular Professionals and currently is a pending Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.

About the University of Maryland Capital Region Health

Providing primary and specialty health care services to Prince George's County and the neighboring area, University of Maryland Capital Region Health was established in September 2017 upon formal affiliation with the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) and is committed to improving health outcomes in the communities it serves. University of Maryland Capital Region Health operates the University of Maryland Capital Region Medical Center in Largo, University of Maryland Laurel Medical Center, University of Maryland Bowie Health Campus, and the University of Maryland Capital Region Medical Group with practice locations in Cheverly, Suitland, Bowie, Laurel, and the National Harbor. Together, community physicians and University of Maryland School of Medicine (SOM) faculty provide clinical expertise across a range of specialties and programs including acute rehabilitation; anesthesiology; critical and chronic ventilation care; emergency medicine; neonatology; orthopedics; and vascular surgery. University of Maryland Capital Region Medical Center is home to the State's second-busiest trauma center and a highly regarded cardiac surgery program, which is led by faculty from the University of Maryland School of Medicine, a certified and designated primary stroke center. For more information, visit