Kristi Henderson, DNP, CFNP, CACNP, FAEN

Kristi HendersonVice President, Innovation and Virtual Care, Ascension’s Texas Ministry

Dr. Kristi Henderson, DNP, CFNP, CACNP, FAEN, nationally recognized for successfully increasing access to high-quality, low-cost healthcare for thousands of patients through virtual care models, was named the Ascension Texas Ministry’s Vice President of Innovation and Virtual Care in 2015.

She has 20 years’ experience as an innovator, educator, researcher and clinician. She comes from The University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC), where she was Chief Telehealth & Innovation Officer.

In Mississippi, she has led the development of a statewide Telehealth Program, which is recognized as a national model. She understands the importance of using virtual medicine to enhance effective care models Ascension Seton already is putting in place, with the overall goal of filling any gaps, adding innovative solutions and serving patients more efficiently.

She has testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation’s Subcommittee on “Advancing Telehealth through Connectivity,” as well as the Subcommittee on Rural Health and the White House Domestic Policy Council. She has made numerous presentations across the country to advance virtual medicine policy and practice, including giving a TEDx talk in November 2014 and being selected to speak at the 2016 SXSW event in Austin. Kristi is regularly consulted by other state health care leaders, politicians, physicians, nurses, journalists and members of the academic community.

Some of her leadership roles include service as board member of the American Telemedicine Association, executive director of the Mississippi Telehealth Association and board member of Mississippi Health Information Network. Kristi is also a Fellow in the Emergency Nurses Association.

Her accomplishments include: 2015 Mississippi’s 50 Leading Business Women; 2013 Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Executive Fellow; the 2014 Nurse Innovator of the Year; 2012 Advanced Practice Nurse of the Year; and voted an “Edge Runner” by the American Academy of Nurses.

She received her doctorate of nursing Practice from the University of Alabama at Birmingham; her master’s of nursing from the Mississippi University for Women; and her bachelor’s of nursing from Mississippi College. She maintains national certification as a family and acute care nurse practitioner.