USC’s Keck Medicine names Shannon Bradley, M.


image: USC’s Keck Medicine has named Shannon Bradley, MBA, the first diversity and inclusion officer for the healthcare system.
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LOS ANGELES— USC Keck Medicine named Shannon Bradley, MBA, the healthcare system’s first Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, effective September 26.

In this new role, Bradley will develop strategies and initiatives to recruit and retain an equitable and diverse workforce and ensure culturally appropriate patient care. She will lead the diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) efforts already underway in the health system and create and track metrics to measure these efforts.

“Bradley brings to this inaugural position years of healthcare experience and a successful track record of implementing diversity, equity and inclusion strategies,” said Ekta Vyas, PhD, Director of Human Resources at Keck Medicine. “Creating a diverse and inclusive healthcare system that fosters a culture of belonging is a top priority for Keck Medicine and enables us to address areas of opportunity and growth. We are very pleased to welcome Bradley as a full member of our Keck Medicine leadership team. »

Additionally, Bradley will work closely with Christopher ManningUSC’s Director of Inclusion and Diversity, to collaborate on DEI strategies and initiatives and to prevent and address potential situations of bias.

“I look forward to leveraging Keck Medicine’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts to provide the best outcomes for our patients and an inclusive workplace for all employees,” Bradley said. “Keck Medicine has the commitment and the resources to become not only a regional leader, but also a national leader in this field.”

Bradley brings a unique personal dimension to the role. “At one point in my life, I myself did not have access to adequate health care,” she said. “I understand first-hand what it means to have an inequitable healthcare experience, which drives me to be even stronger advocates for patients who have been underserved or undervalued.”

The hiring of Bradley as the Head of Diversity and Inclusion is the culmination of recent initiatives focused on DEI in the healthcare system.

“With Bradley on board, we are confident that Keck Medicine can progress even further on its journey to inclusion,” said Smitha Ravipudi, MPH, CEO of USC Care Medical Group and Chair of Keck Medicine’s Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee. “Together we will create a lasting roadmap for change.”

Previously, Bradley served as Assistant Vice President/Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Division Director for the Gulf Coast Division of HCA Healthcare in Houston, Texas. During her tenure there, she increased the diversity of health system board membership for Asian and Black members by 45% and 24% respectively.

She also launched several networks bringing together employees with similar demographics, backgrounds and interests, and grew network participation from just under 300 participants to more than 3,000 in three years. Additionally, she launched a collaboration on health equity that has resulted in significant improvements in maternal health outcomes for women of color.

Bradley holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas, and a Masters of Business Administration with a focus in Health Care Administration from the Baylor University in Waco, Texas. She was named Outstanding Diversity Champion in 2021 and Outstanding Head of Diversity in 2022 by the Houston Business Journal.


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