Anthony R. Tersigni, EdD, FACHE, serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Ascension, whose subsidiaries include Ascension Health, the nation’s largest Catholic and nonprofit health system. Dr. Tersigni is the first President and CEO of Ascension, which began operations on Jan. 1, 2012, as part of an organizational redesign to increase clarity, focus and accountability in a changing healthcare environment. Dr. Tersigni had served as President and CEO of Ascension Health since June 18, 2004. Previously he served as Ascension Health’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer from January 2001 through December 2003. He was interim CEO for the System beginning in January 2004.
From 1995 to 2000, Dr. Tersigni was President and Chief Executive Officer at St. John Health (now St. John Providence Health System), Detroit, Ascension Health’s largest integrated health system. He also served the St. John system as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer from 1994 to 1995.
He has held senior leadership positions for numerous other healthcare organizations, including the Sisters of St. Joseph Health System, Ann Arbor, Mich.; Sisters of Charity Health Care Systems, Cincinnati; the Detroit Medical Center, Detroit; and Hospital Corporation of America, Nashville, Tenn.
Since 1985, Dr. Tersigni has been a Clinical Professor of Health and Behavioral Sciences at Oakland University, Rochester, Mich.
Dr. Tersigni serves as the Speaker of the Membership Assembly of The Catholic Health Association of the United States. He also is a board member of: the Detroit Economic Club, the United Way of Greater St. Louis, Inc., the St. Louis Regional Business Council, and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Board and co-chair of the Leadership Forum on Health Science and Services for St. Louis Regional Chamber & Growth Association. He serves as the Chair of the Board of the Healthcare Leadership Council and is on the Board of the Coalition to Protect America’s Health Care, both headquartered in Washington, D.C. He also serves on the Board of The National Catholic Bioethics Center, and The Catholic University of America.
Dr. Tersigni was listed as one of Modern Healthcare’s 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare each year from 2006 through 2011. He was listed as one of the St. Louis Business Journal’s Most Influential St. Louisans in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Dr. Tersigni also is the recipient of many professional awards.
Dr. Tersigni holds a doctorate in the field of leadership/organizational development from Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Mich. He also has honorary doctorate degrees from Saint Louis University, St. Louis, and from the Aquinas Institute of Theology at Saint Louis University.