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Apr 5, 2017

Two SCAHRM Presidents were just named America’s Leading Risk Managers 2017 by Insurance Business America magazine.  Congratulations Josh Hyatt & Lisa Ramthun!

The modern business world is inundated with evolving technology and emerging risks, threatening the operations and livelihood of companies across the country and in every industry. Tasked with keeping potential threats at bay, risk managers work to create processes and procedures to mitigate and prevent loss – and they rely on insurance brokers as a major piece of that puzzle. Representing corporations from major municipalities and museums to adventure-wear manufacturers and wineries, these 70 risk professionals are committed to protecting the integrity of some of the world’s most recognizable brands.  To see all of the honorees, click here.

Josh Hyatt, SCAHRM President 2016-2017

Executive Director, Office of Integrated Risk Management
Keck Medicine of USC
Pasadena, CA

With more than 25 years of experience in healthcare and risk management and a background in fields such as mental health, federal and state regulations, risk management, healthcare compliance, and education, Dr. Josh Hyatt currently serves as executive director of integrated risk management for Keck Medicine of USC. Starting his career as a mental health counselor, Hyatt became licensed as a healthcare risk manager after becoming interested in the diverse curriculum. Today, he leads the office in monitoring and mitigating operational risks within the health system, which includes three hospitals and multiple outpatient centers.

“We have a boundless number of patient safety issues that we look at on a day-to-day basis,” he says. “In healthcare, we focus on patient safety because if you prevent harm to patients, you will often prevent loss in the long-term to the institution.”

Hyatt points out that the healthcare industry is highly regulated, which ties in closely with risk management. “When you walk into a hospital, everything you do is regulated, except for when you go into the bathroom and close the stall door,” he says. “In healthcare risk management, you have to understand how everything works. This is such a dynamic and evolving discipline, and that’s why I have been in it for so long.”

In addition to his role at Keck Medicine, Hyatt is also president of the Southern California Association of Healthcare Risk Management, and serves as faculty for the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management, where he teaches the Certified Professional in Risk Management [CPHRM] designation course to help a new generation enter the healthcare risk management environment.


Lisa Ramthun, SCAHRM President 2014-2015

Vice President, Risk Management
St. Joseph Health System
Orange, CA

After beginning her healthcare career as an emergency room nurse, Lisa Ramthun’s passion for helping people led her to her current position as VP of risk management for St. Joseph Health System. With more than 25 years of experience in healthcare, Ramthun is a recognized thought leader in the areas of risk management, healthcare reliability and patient safety.

At St. Joseph, Ramthun has worked tirelessly to revolutionize the organization’s approach to risk management. “Risk used to happen in a silo,” she says. “Now we understand the importance and value of an enterprise risk  management approach. I believe an enterprise risk model approach, where everyone is a risk manager, is vital in order to make real progress in improving the health and experience of patients and community members, making populations healthier, and reducing the rate of growth in healthcare spending and per-capita cost of healthcare.”

Considering the changing landscape of healthcare, Ramthun makes sure to stay up-to-date with the industry’s evolving risks. “There’s a lot of uncertainty in healthcare right now,” she says. “As an organization, we’re monitoring the acceleration of payment reform and potential changes to the Affordable Care Act.”

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