Anthony R. Tersigni, Ed.D. ’92, is president and CEO of Ascension Health, the nation’s largest Catholic and nonprofit health care system, with more than 113,000 associates serving in some 500 locations throughout the United States.
Tersigni has held leadership positions within several health care organizations during his career, beginning in 1978 when he was named vice president of St. Joseph Hospital in Mt. Clemens, Mich. Two years later, he was promoted to senior vice president/administrator, and concurrently served as president of the hospital’s Preferred Provider Corp. and as vice president and COO of its foundation.
Tersigni joined Detroit Medical Center Corp. in 1984 as director of operations and COO of DMC Coordinated Health Care Inc. From 1987 to 1994, he served concurrently as the CEO for Oakland General Health Systems, St. John-Oakland Hospital and Oakland General Entities Inc.
In 1994, he was appointed executive vice president of St. John Health System and one year later was named president and CEO. St. John Health serves the citizens of southeast Michigan and is the largest integrated health system of Ascension Health.
Tersigni became COO of Ascension Health in 2000 and assumed his current position four years later. Based in St. Louis, Mo, Ascension Health is the third largest health system in the country in terms of revenue and prides itself on providing quality care to all, with special attention to the poor and vulnerable.
He has been named one of Modern Healthcare’s 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare since 2006 and serves in leadership positions on several boards, including as chair of the Healthcare Leadership Council in Washington, DC.