Dr. Lily Hensonâ€™s goal as the new chief medical officer at Piedmont Henry Hospital is to make healthcare better, one step at a time. Dr. Henson, who also serves as the chief of neurology for Piedmont Healthcare, is relatively new to Georgia but her long and established career in medicine makes her a perfect fit for the hospital and its staff.
â€œThe role of a chief medical officer is to help our entire healthcare team provide the best quality care to our patients.â€ Dr. Henson said. â€œMy job is to help in removing any barriers to that goal.â€
Dr. Henson practiced neurology in Seattle, Washington with Swedish Health Services for 25 years. She was previously the vice president of medical affairs of one of Swedishâ€™s community hospitals after serving as chief of staff of another site.
Among Dr. Hensonâ€™s goals for Piedmont Henry, her first is to reinforce a culture of safety at the hospital and to help create an infrastructure that provides the best possible care for patients.
â€œIt is important for every person who works here to feel comfortable speaking up for safety,â€ Dr. Henson said. â€œThe people in the trenches taking care of patients have to speak up when they encounter a problem and provide the solutions since they have the knowledge and expertise. My role is to support them in this.â€
In addition to her role at Piedmont Henry, Dr. Henson continues to see a limited number of neurology patients. She is also on the board of directors for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and is the chair for the American Academy of Neurologyâ€™s BrainPAC, a political action committee that advocates for neurologists and their patients.
â€œThere are amazing, caring people here at Henry,â€ Dr. Henson said. â€œThey provide excellent care to our patients and they are here to make a difference. I am really proud to be able to work with such dedicated folks.â€