As director of pharmacy and oncology services at Unity- Point Health – Methodist, Ryan M. Taylor, PharmD has led one of the region’s largest healthcare providers through a tremendous amount of change, including the implementation of an automated medication distribution system, a complete remodel of its inpatient pharmacy, and the construction of a state-of-the-art IV Clean Room.
Besides supervising medication distribution and monitoring medication management throughout the healthcare system, Taylor oversees the Methodist Community/Walgreens partnership, provides medication management oversight to UnityPoint Clinic physician offices and plays an instrumental role in its patient safety event reporting system. In addition, he has expanded Methodist’s cancer care services as administrative director of the Methodist Cancer Institute Council, and recently took on the task of overseeing the hospital’s Oncology Service Line.
Taylor spearheaded Methodist’s efforts to address the national medication shortage crisis, working tirelessly alongside his team to make necessary treatments available to patients. Under his guidance, the hospital’s drug expenses dropped 13.3 percent in a single year, and he has shared his breadth of knowledge on this shortage in newspaper articles and on the local TV news.
Recognized as a top leader within the UnityPoint Health System, Taylor was recently elected to the CEO Management Advisory Committee, chairs the Medication Management Committee and serves on numerous other committees. Actively involved with Friends of the Children of Haiti, Taylor coordinates regular pharmaceutical and product donations, and has previously traveled to Haiti on a two-week mission to run its pharmacy. Taylor is a regular donor to Methodist’s “Gifts from the Heart” charity campaign, the Methodist Foundation and the Heart of Illinois United Way, as well as the Janus Charity Challenge as a participant in the Chicago Triathlon.
Despite long hours, Taylor finds time to connect with his colleagues outside of work, whether through baseball outings or in community service activities like Rebuilding Together Peoria. In his downtime, he enjoys collecting music and relaxing at home in Metamora with his wife and son. iBi