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State names hospital director

December 23, 2014
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The Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital is run by the state of Michigan and provides adult inpatient services. Photo via michigan.gov

The Michigan Department of Community Health has named the new director of a hospital in the region that’s under scrutiny over safety after a patient's death.

The department said yesterday that Jill Krause will take the top job at Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital on Jan. 7.

Krause has 21 years of experience in behavioral health.

She most recently served as director of the Adult Mental Illness Division of network180, Kent County's community mental health authority.

"We continue to make important progress in ensuring the safety of our patients and staff, and I am confident that Jill's experience and leadership will help us carry this momentum forward," said Tim Becker, deputy director, Michigan Department of Community Health.

Independent review

On Dec. 8, the state said it was hiring Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services in Grand Rapids to conduct an independent review of the hospital.

Pine Rest is examining inpatient care and the hospital's organizational structure and staff.

The review is expected to run through January.

Longtime hospital director James Coleman resigned in June after the state said he failed to report the March death of a 68-year-old patient. Coleman denies the allegation.

The hospital has suspended 28 workers in a second patient care case.

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