Anthony Tersigni
Anthony R. Tersigni, EdD, FACHE Chief Executive Officer, Ascension

Anthony R. Tersigni, EdD, FACHE, is Chief Executive Officer of Ascension, a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care.

As one of the leading non-profit and Catholic health systems in the U.S., Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all with special attention to persons in poverty and those most vulnerable. Approximately 156,000 associates and 34,000 aligned providers serve in more than 2,600 sites of care – including 151 hospitals and more than 50 senior living facilities – in 21 states and the District of Columbia. In addition to healthcare delivery, Ascension subsidiaries provide a variety of solutions including physician practice management, venture capital investing, investment management, facilities management, biomedical engineering, clinical care management, information services, risk management, and contracting through Ascension’s own group purchasing organization.

Throughout his more than 40 years of experience, Tony has garnered the ability to recognize, then capitalize, on growth opportunities to maximize success. His education and skill set provide Dr. Tersigni a unique understanding of the efforts needed to lead an organization, especially during difficult and changing times. He is passionate about the formation of leaders in the Catholic healthcare ministry, championing the development of programs and efforts geared toward preparing current and future leaders for all levels of sponsorship, governance and leadership.

Dr. Tersigni was appointed Clinical Assistant Professor of Medical Education at Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin. He has shared his expertise with more than 20 professional organizations, serving as a board member and often as board chair.

Current Board Memberships:

  • Saint Louis University – Board Member
  • National Council Society of St. Vincent de Paul Foundation – Board Member
  • National Catholic Bioethics Center – Board Member
  • St. Louis Regional Business Council – Board Member and Past Board Chair
  • Healthcare Leadership Council – Member and Past Board Chair (currently Co-chairing Care Management Workgroup related to Opioid Epidemic)
  • Economic Club of Detroit – Board Member

Past Board Memberships:

  • St. Louis Regional Chamber– Board Member/Executive Committee Member
  • President, International Confederation of Catholic Health Care Institutions (a Committee of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development)
  • Catholic University of America – Board Member and Member of the Finance Committee
  • American College of Medical Quality – Member
  • Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce – Board Member
  • Detroit Symphony Orchestra – Board Member
  • Detroit Opera House – Trustee
  • Davenport University – Member, Board of Governors
  • American Hospital Association – Member, Health Care Systems Governing Council
  • Michigan Virtual University – Board Member
  • ProAssurance – Board Member and Member of the Audit Committee
  • American Osteopathic Association – Advisory Committee Member
  • United Way of Greater St. Louis, Inc. – Board Member
  • Catholic Health Association of the United States – Board Chair; 2010
  • University of Detroit Mercy – Board Member
  • Community Central Bank Holding Corporation – Board Member, Member of Loan Committee, Member of Compensation Committee
  • Society of St. Vincent DePaul – Committee Member

Career History 

Before becoming the first President and CEO of Ascension in 2012, Dr. Tersigni had served as President and CEO of Ascension Health since 2004. Previously he served as Ascension Health’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer from 2001 through 2003. From 1995 to 2000, Dr. Tersigni was President and Chief Executive Officer at St. John Health, Detroit (now Ascension St. John), which at that time was 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.