New Kzoo Psychiatric Hospital director hired

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — The troubled Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital has a new director.

Jill Krause will take over at the hospital on Jan. 7, the Michigan Department of Community Health said in a Monday release.

Krause has more than 21 years of experience in behavior health, according to MDCH. She recently served as the director of the Adult Mental Illness Division at Network180 in Grand Rapids.

She has also served as the director for a Salvation Army addiction treatment center and worked with Hope Network Behavior Health Services in Grand Rapids. She currently serves on the MDCH Practice Improvement Steering Committee, the Lakeshore Regional Partners’ Adult Mental Illness Clinical Directors work group, the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center Advisory Council and the Mel Trotter Ministries Public Inebriate Shelter Committee.

The former director, Dr. James Coleman, was suspended in mid-May following allegations of neglect related to the death of a patient, and then resigned his position.

The MDCH’s Cynthia Kelly first took over as interim director, and then handed the job off to Allen Jansen in October.

“The hiring of a permanent director is a significant step in the department’s efforts to improve the organizational structure at the hospital,” the MDCH release read in part.

Recently, 28 hospital employees were suspended with pay stemming from an investigation into whether a patient’s rights were violated, though 13 have since returned to work. That incident also led to a criminal investigation that was scheduled to be forwarded to the Kalamazoo County prosecutor last week.

Additionally, the hospital is undergoing an independent investigation conducted by Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services.

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