Three New Leaders Fill Key Roles


Kristi Henderson 300 sizeHeading into 2016, three new leaders recently have assumed important positions within Ascension Seton.

Dr. Kristi Henderson, a nationally recognized leader in virtual care, joins Ascension Seton as vice president of Virtual Care and Innovation. She will develop ways to use technology to improve Central Texans’ health and increase access to high-quality, affordable medical care.

“I’m excited to join Ascension Seton and work with the entire healthcare team to make sure clinical integration is happening at the same time as innovation,” she said.

“Our goal with virtual care will be to provide new tools and modalities to reach the patients we serve in a more efficient way. ‘Virtual care’ can also help address gaps in reaching and treating vulnerable populations in the community,” Henderson said.

Henderson has 20 years’ experience as an innovator, educator, researcher and clinician. She comes to Ascension Seton from The University of Mississippi Medical Center, where she was Chief Telehealth & Innovation Officer. In that role, she led the development of a statewide virtual care program recognized as a national model.

As a recognized leader in healthcare innovation, 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 care policy and practice, including giving a TEDx talk in November 2014.

She selected to speak at the 2016 SXSW event in Austin next March.

Her other leadership roles include service as a board member of the American Telemedicine Association; executive director of the Mississippi Telehealth Association; and board member of the Mississippi Health Information Network. She is also a Fellow with the Emergency Nurses Association.

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

Bills Photo 2015 10 08 2015William “Bill” Henricks is the new vice president and chief operating officer of Ascension Seton Shoal Creek Hospital. He comes to Ascension Seton with more than 20 years’ experience in designing and operating behavioral healthcare for diverse patient populations in a variety of treatment settings.

“He will undoubtedly be an enhancement to SSC with his extensive background in Inpatient, Outpatient, Geriatric, Adult and Chemical Dependency programs,” said Christann Vasquez, Ascension Seton Shoal Creek president, as well as president of Dell Ascension Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas and University Medical Center Brackenridge.

Henricks has led development and implementation of new programs specializing in co-occurring disorders, mood disorders, trauma and sexual addiction. His track record includes creating new service lines in telepsychiatry.

Before joining Ascension Seton, Henricks was senior vice president of operations, Eastern Region, for Elements Behavioral Health and chief executive officer and chief operations officer for Rogers Partners in Behavioral Health.

He earned his master’s and Ph.D in clinical psychology at Miami University in Ohio; an MBA at Marquette University in Wisconsin; and his bachelor’s in psychology at Augustana College in Illinois.

fausto_portrait_photo_111815 300 sizeDr. Fausto Meza, a physician executive successful in fostering clinical and operational improvements within a New Braunfels healthcare system, has been named vice president of medical affairs for Ascension Seton’s south market covering Hays, Caldwell and Bastrop counties.

He will be responsible for Ascension Seton Medical Center Hays in Kyle; Ascension Seton Smithville Regional Hospital; and Ascension Seton Edgar B. Davis Hospital in Luling.

Dr. Meza had been chief medical officer and physician lead for electronic medical record optimization with Resolute Health and previously served as chief medical officer, chief medical information officer and hospitalist medical director for Doctor Hospital at Renaissance in Edinburg, Texas. He is board certified to practice internal and geriatric medicine.

“The communities south and east of Austin are growing rapidly, with more families with young children and more adults who are getting older,” said Chris Hartle, president of the three south market hospitals as well as Ascension Seton Medical Center Williamson and Ascension Seton Highland Lakes Hospital. “We have great physicians and nurses in our south market who can count on Dr. Meza to be an effective leader and help amplify our relentless focus on high quality care and positive patient experiences at all of our hospitals.”

Meza, whose graduate education is in public health and public policy and administration, founded Garcia Leadership and Advocacy Seminar (GLAS), a leadership and advocacy training workshop for national Latino medical student leaders, and Frontera de Salud, an organization active in three medical schools dedicated to underserved patients in impoverished areas of Texas.

“I am enthused about the opportunity to dedicate my energy, ability and experience to a shared vision of improving each person’s health through excellent clinical care delivered with compassion, dignity and respect,” Meza said.

“Seton’s Personalized Care is inspirational and necessary to innovate in the redesign of a health care system that moves toward providing value to patients,” he said. “I look forward to working with a new team to move Personalized Care forward in Central Texas.”

Meza earned his Master’s in Public Administration at Columbia University in New York; his medical doctorate at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston; and his bachelor’s degree in biology at The University of Texas at Austin.