Ascension CEO Tersigni said to be on short list to become VA leader

Anthony Tersigni, president and CEO of Edmundson-based Ascension Health, is on the short list to become the next secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Modern Healthcare reports, citing sources close to the matter.

Tersigni has led Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic health system, for 13 years. During that time, Ascension has been a prominent participant in the VA Choice program, which aims to expand veterans’ access to health care provided by the private sector, according to Modern Healthcare.

About 10,000 veterans have received health services over the past 18 months through Ascension’s VA Choice program, Modern Healthcare reports.

Other candidates believed to be in the mix for the VA’s top job include Robert Wilkie, the department’s acting secretary, and Dr. Toby Cosgrove, former CEO of the Cleveland Clinic.

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