Anthony R.Tersigni, Ed.D., President and Chief Executive Officer, Ascension 

Ascension ( is a Catholic healthcare organization dedicated to the transformation of healthcare through innovation and excellent clinical care throughout the continuum. Ascension is the nation’s largest Catholic and largest nonprofit health system.

Ascension’s Mission-focused Health Ministries employ more than 155,000 associates serving in more than 1,900 sites of care in 23 states and the District of Columbia through its largest subsidiary, Ascension Health. Other Ascension subsidiaries provide services that include medical equipment management, treasury management, resource and supply management, venture capital investing, and physician practice management.

Ascension’s Strategic Direction incorporates a promise to deliver Healthcare That Works, Healthcare That Is Safe, and Healthcare That Leaves No One Behind, for Life, by the year 2020.

In fiscal year 2013, Ascension provided $1.5 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs while earning $400 million in income from operations on total operating revenue of $17 billion.

Ascension also has an international presence, providing support services to hospitals and health facilities outside the United States and developing joint ventures and potential partnerships to improve healthcare access and bring new ideas to bear on the challenges facing U.S. healthcare.

History and Sponsorship

Ascension Health was formed in 1999 when the four provinces of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul (now combined into one province, the Province of St. Louise) that were Sponsors of the Daughters of Charity National Health System, and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Nazareth, Mich. (now part of the Congregation of St. Joseph), brought their health systems together. Since that time, the membership of Ascension Sponsor has grown to include representatives of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, the Congregation of Alexian Brothers of the Immaculate Conception Province – American Province, and the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother, Third Order Regular of St. Francis of Assisi – US/Caribbean Province, as well as lay members.

On January 1, 2012, Ascension Health took a bold step toward leading the transformation of healthcare with the creation of a new parent organization. The new organization, initially named Ascension Health Alliance, was renamed Ascension on July 1, 2013, to clarify that Ascension, though comprising many subsidiaries including Ascension Health, is one ministry focused on its Mission of serving all persons with special attention to those who are poor and vulnerable. The creation of Ascension was designed to increase clarity, focus and accountability in every part of the ministry.