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ILIH’s Spence Taylor named Health Care Hero

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Dr. Spence Taylor, M.D, the CEO OF Integral Leaders in Health, has been honored as a Health Care Hero, recognizing his decades of work in changing the medical care environment in South Carolina.

The 2023 Health Care Heroes honorees were named by SC Biz news, and represents diverse talent, expertise and a commitment to excellence in the endless pursuit of helping others.

Integral Leaders in Health is a public benefit corporation created to support the betterment of communities at large and operate in a responsible and sustainable manner. The group plans to start by addressing the current medical care crisis in South Carolina – progressive replacement of patient well-being as the primary purpose of medicine. Their goal is to focus on medical care, which goes beyond access and quality of healthcare and squarely looks at balancing the medical care environment in support of the patient-doctor relationship.

Taylor is a nationally recognized academic physician leader with 30 years of experience as a senior executive, surgeon, full professor and researcher. Most recently, Taylor served as president of the Greenville Health System (GHS) -- now a part of Prisma Health. He was the only physician to be named president in the 107-year history of GHS -- a health system at the time of his leadership with nearly $3 billion in annual operating revenue, eight hospitals, 1,600 beds, 2,000 employed providers, 16,000 employees and an emerging academic health center.

As a nationally recognized physician leader, Taylor is a member of every significant academic organization in surgery. He was elected as a director to the American Board of Surgery (ABS) in 2011 and served as Chair of the ABS in 2018-2019. He also is a past president of both the Southern Surgical Association and the Southern Association for Vascular Surgery.

Taylor is the recipient of multiple teaching awards and the author or co-author of more than 120 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. Additionally, Taylor often lectures across the country on clinical outcomes as well as the role of physicians as leaders in medicine and patient care.

About Integral Leaders in Health:
Integral Leaders in Health’s mission aims to revolutionize medical care into a balanced environment that meets the needs of the individual patient by focusing on their outcomes. They can educate, inform and catalyze measurable change through targeted strategic campaigns. Learn more at


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