Keck Medicine of USC has named Tammy Capretta, RN, MPH, chief transformation and risk officer. Previously, Capretta served as chief integration and risk officer.

In her role, Capretta supports positive growth within Keck Medicine during a time of unprecedented expansion of the health system. She is responsible for assessing opportunities for potential partnerships with other organizations and for leading cultural transformation, as well as risk management, compliance and credentialing.

“Tammy has the cross-functional background and extensive knowledge of Keck Medicine to ensure smooth integration of all clinical entities within our growing enterprise,” said Tom Jackiewicz, MPH, chief executive officer for Keck Medicine. “She will also continue developing the Keck Commitment, a program she established with standards for our doctors and nurses based on excellence, judgement and respect, that will guide our cultural transformation for years to come.”

Capretta already has played an integral role in many of Keck Medicine’s expansion efforts, such as ensuring the smooth transition and integration of a number of clinical entities into the health system, including USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, USC Student Health, Los Angeles Cardiology Associates and the Las Vegas Culinary Health Center.

“As I shepherd new growth opportunities for Keck Medicine, our patients and our health care professionals will always remain my top priority,” Capretta said.

In her career at Keck Medicine, Capretta has been instrumental in managing behind-the-scenes work associated with readiness planning and due diligence efforts. She will continue to lead two offices she designed and built: the Office of Integrated Risk Management and the Office of Integrated Credentialing.  Her efforts to lead Keck Medicine’s Culture of Safety initiative has brought the health system national recognition.

In addition, she will continue to lead health care compliance in the USC Office of Ethics and Compliance, which is designed to promote ethical management and business behavior, and is dedicated to compliance with applicable laws and regulations.

Capretta has served as the chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Compliance Officers’ Forum, and was a featured speaker for President Barack Obama’s task force on Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Program.

Capretta began her career as a public health nurse before joining Keck Medicine in 1991 as the chief operating officer for USC Care Medical Group. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Texas Christian University and a master’s degree in public health from the University of California, Los Angeles.

— Alison Rainey