Anthony Tersigni

Anthony R. (Tony) Tersigni is the first President and Chief Executive Officer of Ascension, assuming the role in 2012 when Ascension was formed as the parent organization of Ascension Health. He has more than 30 years of experience in leading and managing health systems.

Tony served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Ascension Health from June 17, 2004 to January 2012. Before that, he was Ascension Health’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer from January 2001 through December 2003. Tony has played integral roles in the health ministry’s growth to become the nation’s largest nonprofit health system and world’s largest Catholic health system with 1,900 sites of care in 23 states and the District of Columbia. 

Tony has served as an adjunct assistant professor in the School of Health Sciences at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan.

  • President and Chief Executive Officer, St. John Health, Detroit
  • Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, St. John Health
  • Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, EdD
Awards and Distinctions
  • President, Vatican’s International Confederation of Catholic Health Care Institutions
  • Named one of Modern Healthcare’s “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” (2006 through 2014)
  • Recipient, Michigan Health & Hospital Association’s Meritorious Service Award (2012)
  • Named the St. Louis Business Journal Health Care Hero for Public Policy (2010)
  • Recipient, American College of Healthcare Executives Senior-Level Healthcare Executive Regent’s Award (2004)
  • Chair, St. Louis Regional Business Council
  • Board Member, Healthcare Leadership Council, National Catholic Bioethics Center, Catholic University of America, and St. Louis Regional Chamber
  • Past Chair, Catholic Health Association of the United States
  • Honorary doctorates from Saint Louis University, Aquinas Institute of Theology, and the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley, California