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2019 Alumna of the Year

2019 Alumna of the Year

“An exemplary nurse role model, Dr. Taylor is deeply involved in the community of Detroit and serves on many local boards. We are grateful that she gives of her time, talent and invaluable nursing experience to the college’s Board of Visitors,” said Dean Clabo.

Iris A. Taylor, PhD, RN (BSN ’74, MSN ’78, PhD ’96) 

During her 40-year career at the Detroit Medical Center, Dr. Iris A. Taylor was dedicated to patient care. She served in a wide range of nurse roles including practitioner, educator, consultant and administrator. 

Dr. Taylor was responsible for nursing and patient care services and quality control for the DMC healthcare system, an academically integrated network of nine hospitals, two nursing centers and more than 50 primary care practices located throughout southeast Michigan. During her career, Dr. Taylor established a system-wide platform for successful compliance surveys and a hospital environment of quality that earned exemplary housekeeping seals and recognition from external organizations and healthcare agencies.

A native Detroiter, Dr. Taylor received her bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate of philosophy degree from Wayne State University. She also completed a management fellowship at the Wharton School of Business.

“An exemplary nurse role model, Dr. Taylor is deeply involved in the community of Detroit and serves on many local boards. We are grateful that she gives of her time, talent and invaluable nursing experience to the college’s Board of Visitors,” said Dean Clabo. “Dr. Taylor is a three-time Wayne State nursing alumna and we are thrilled to have such an inspiring 2019 alumna of the year.”

Having served two terms as President and as CEO of Detroit Receiving Hospital and University Health Center (2005 – 2010 and 2012 – 2015), Dr. Taylor has an impressive range of nurse administrator experience.  Previous to that, she served as Chief Business Officer for the Detroit Medical Center (2010 – 2012); president of Harper University Hospital and Hutzel Women’s Hospital (2002 – 2004); President and CEO of the Detroit Institute for Children; and the DMC’s first Chief Nursing Officer. 

She remains a consultant and strong advocate for community health programs, nursing practice and is a mentor for student nurses. She also serves as vice chair of the Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority and chair of the Detroit Public School Board Community District.

Among her many community leadership roles, Dr. Taylor also serves as a member of the WSU College of Nursing Board of Visitors. She has leadership positions on boards of directors for the Michigan Peer Review Organization, Merrill-Palmer Institute, Detroit Central City Community Mental Health, Neighborhood Services Organization and Eastern Michigan University’s School of Nursing Curriculum Advisory Board.

Dr. Taylor’s community dedication has been recognized in many ways. A few examples include: the 2015 Michigan Chronicle Women of Excellence award; the 2014 Tree of Life Foundation’s Success with Significance award; 2002 and 2007 by Crain’s Detroit Business 100 Most Influential Women; and the 2009 Honoree for Leaders, Legends, and Luminaries by Lakeshore Economic Coalition. And her most recent award: 2019 Wayne State College of Nursing Alumna of the Year.