As head of the nation's largest Catholic healthcare system, Ascension's Anthony Tersigni has faced plenty of operational and financial challenges during his near 15-year tenure. But in 2014, the St. Louis-based system embarked upon an ambitious endeavor—complete rebranding of its 151 hospitals in six markets. Tersigni and his leadership team recently completed that bold move.
Your riskiest decision Launching our One Ascension journey to bring clinical, operational and brand integration alignment into the entire health ministry.
Why was that move risky? We started in 1999 as a collection of hospitals and grew into a pretty decentralized system. We needed to move from a holding company to an operating company, which meant changing our governance and management structure. It was the largest shift in the provider space. It really required us to think differently, operate differently, really re-imagine delivery of care and services. We allowed all of our associates across the country to weigh in on what they thought the culture needed to be to move into the future.