Nonprofit hires first chief medical officer


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A nonprofit that offers a variety of rehab, support and independent living services has named its first chief medical officer.

Grand Rapids-based Hope Network hired psychiatrist Dr. Kiran Taylor for the role, according to Hope Network today.

Most recently, Taylor served as the chief of psychiatry and behavioral medicine for Spectrum Health. She's also a clinical assistant professor with the Michigan State University Department of Psychiatry in Grand Rapids.

Taylor will work with the Hope Network leadership team and assist with new ways to further improve the patient experience and grow the organization’s behavioral health and substance abuse programs.

“We are excited to welcome Dr. Taylor, a leader and visionary in the behavioral health field,” said Phil Weaver, president and CEO, Hope Network. “Her experience with large health systems and demonstrated expertise in mental health innovation makes her a valuable asset in the health care field.”

Under Taylor’s leadership at Spectrum, the team implemented suicide prevention training across the health system, expanded integrated behavioral health care into 27 primary care sites throughout West Michigan and expanded telepsychiatry services to one of the highest-volume programs in Michigan, according to Hope Network.

Taylor's time at Spectrum included serving as the medical director of oncology supportive care medicine and a psychiatrist for systematic case review.

She also serves on the statewide integrated behavioral health care task force for the Michigan Hospital Association and the integrated care subcommittee for the Michigan Psychiatric Society.

Taylor is a member of the Michigan Psychiatric Society, American Psychiatric Association and Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine.

She graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School.

Hope Network

Founded in 1963 as the Pine Rest Sheltered Workshop, Hope Network serves more than 20,000 people annually, with more than 240 locations throughout Michigan.

The organization provides a range of rehabilitation, behavioral health, developmental and community support services: transitional inpatient brain injury rehabilitation; lifestyle enrichment programs; neurobehavioral inpatient programs; crisis residential treatment; and supported independent living.

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