Dr Lily Jung Henson Selected as Chief of Staff at New Swedish/Issaquah Hospital Campus

Dr Lily Jung Henson Selected as Chief of Staff at New Swedish/Issaquah Hospital Campus

SEATTLE – Sept. 30, 2011 – Swedish, the largest non-profit health-care provider in Greater Seattle, recently named Lily Jung Henson, M.D., M.M.M., F.A.A.N., chief of staff at Swedish’s new medical campus in Issaquah. Dr. Jung Henson has already moved her neurology practice to the medical office building at Swedish/Issaquah, which opened in July.

As chief of staff of the new hospital, she will be responsible for oversight of the medical staff’s qualifications and the optimization of its practice standards. Dr. Jung Henson is currently chair of the Physician Credentialing Committee for the entire Swedish system. She will also serve as medical director for Neurology at the Issaquah campus. She has been with Swedish for more than 21 years, and served as medical director of the Neurology Services Clinic at the Cherry Hill campus, and as chief of the Neurology Division at Swedish.

“Dr. Jung Henson is a natural fit for the new hospital in Issaquah,” said Kevin Brown, chief strategic officer, senior vice president and chief administrative officer of Swedish's Issaquah and Ballard campuses. “She has dedicated her professional career to providing the highest quality health care to individuals in the Puget Sound area.”

Dr. Jung Henson views the new campus as a unique opportunity to develop innovations in health-care delivery. Swedish/Issaquah is fully integrated on Epic, the health-care system’s electronic medical management system and health records platform. One of Dr. Jung Henson’s goals is to encourage the Swedish/Issaquah medical staff to lead the system in fully utilizing the modalities available within Epic.

“I am honored to be chosen to lead the medical staff of the new Swedish/Issaquah campus,” said Dr. Jung Henson. “This facility is ushering in an exciting new wave of extending primary and tertiary medical services closer to where people live and work. I am proud to help bring the quality of health care we have been providing at our medical centers in Seattle to the Eastside.”

Dr. Jung Henson is a national leader in the treatment and research of multiple sclerosis (MS), and has a special interest in legislative advocacy and wellness for MS patients. In addition to serving on the National Board of Directors of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Dr. Jung Henson annually leads the Swedish Smyelin Babes bike team in the Greater Northwest Chapter’s Bike MS Ride, recruiting more than 100 cyclists to raise money and awareness through this empowering and well-attended event.

Dr. Jung Henson is a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology, and serves on the Government Relations Committee and BrainPAC of the American Academy of Neurology. She is a founding member of the Washington State Neurological Society. Dr. Jung Henson has also served on the Food and Drug Administration’s Peripheral and Central Nervous System Physician Advisory Board as well as the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Women’s Health panel of experts.

Dr. Jung Henson graduated from the Honors Program in Medical Education at Northwestern University in Chicago, earning a bachelor’s degree in Medical Science as well as a Medical Doctorate. She later obtained a master’s degree in Medical Management at Tulane University. She is a clinical associate professor of neurology at the Department of Neurology at the University of Washington.

A first-generation American, she has been active in the local Asian American community, having served on the boards of directors of the Organization of Chinese Americans Seattle Chapter, the Kin On Chinese Nursing Home Society, and Asian Counseling and Referral Service. She credits her success to the work ethic taught her by her late father, a laundryman, and her mother, a former seamstress in New York City’s Chinatown. She is the proud mother of two teenagers who were born at Swedish/First Hill.

First New Hospital to Open in King County in 25 Years

Swedish/Issaquah is the first new hospital to open in King County in 25 years. Phase I of the hospital’s construction, which opened in July 2011, includes the medical office building (housing primary and specialty care clinics), the Swedish Cancer Institute, an emergency department, pharmacy, laboratory, imaging center and eight retail stores. The hospital and all of its inpatient services will open as part of Phase II on Nov. 1, 2011. At that time, the hospital will open with 80 inpatient beds, expanding ultimately to 175 beds in the future.


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