Department of Health Commissioner to leave Lee administration

Dr. Lisa Piercey, Tennessee Commissioner of Health
Dr. Lisa Piercey, Tennessee Commissioner of Health(WMC)
Published: Apr. 28, 2022 at 1:11 PM CDT
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) - Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee announced Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Lisa Piercey will be leaving state government on May 31, according to a news release.

Lee said Piercey is leaving state government to enter the private sector. He will name a successor in the coming weeks.

“Lisa led our state’s health response through one of the most challenging crises Tennessee has faced, and I commend her faithful service to Tennesseans,” Lee said in a news release. “She has played an invaluable role in my cabinet, and I wish her much success as she enters the private sector.”

Piercey joined the Lee Administration in January 2019 as the youngest female health commissioner appointed to the role. As commissioner, she served as a member of the Governor’s Unified Command Group during the COVID-19 pandemic, spearheaded efforts to innovate public health operations across the state and bolstered the healthcare workforce pipeline.

“I am deeply grateful for the privilege of serving Governor Lee and Tennesseans for the last three and a half years, particularly through the enormous challenged posed by the pandemic,” Piercey said in a news release. “I have seen firsthand the unparalleled dedication of our public health workforce, and I am confident that they will continue driving positive health outcomes for Tennessee.”

Lee plans to transition into the health care investment sector, where her background in clinical medicine, health system operations, and public policy will offer a unique perspective to help accelerate the growth and innovation of health care companies.

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