Two St. Louis leaders ranked among most influential in health care

Two St. Louis health care leaders have made Modern Healthcare’s recently released list of the 100 most influential people in the industry.

Anthony Tersigni, president and CEO of St. Louis-basedAscension, ranked at No. 3 on the list, coming in behind only President Barack Obama, who topped this year’s list of influentials, and Bernard Tyson, chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente.

Tersigni leads the nation’s largest Catholic health care system, which in the past year became the first giant hospital system to waive deductibles for patients with incomes below 250 percent of poverty level and launched its biggest ever marketing campaign geared at attracting veterans to its system, Modern Healthcare points out. Tersigni, 66, made compensation of $14.3 million, according to Ascension’s 2014 990 filing.

Sister Carol Keehan, president and CEO of the St. Louis-based Catholic Health Association, came in at No. 33 on the list. Keehan, 72, who made $1.4 million in 2014 compensation, is given much credit for helping get the Affordable Care Act passed “by helping forge agreement over accommodations on issues involving abortions and contraception coverage and religious freedom,” the Modern Healthcare ranking states.

Read more: St. Louis Business Journal


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