Babies and moms gain enhanced care environment

Families cared for in the Birthing Center and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Ascension St. John Hospital are benefiting from a $1 million gift from the Tersigni Family Foundation. One quarter of the gift is designated for technology and equipment for the newly renovated Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Items include infant radiant warmers, ventilators, cribs, milk warmers and infant scales. The remaining $750,000 is enhancing the Birthing Center; funds helped modernize the family waiting area and provide furnishings including recliners, rockers, folding chairs and tables.

Anthony Tersigni, EdD, FACHE, is President and CEO of Ascension. He was President and CEO of St. John Health (later called Ascension Northeast Michigan) from 1995-2000. He and his wife, Flora, moved to St. Louis when Dr. Tersigni took a leadership role with Ascension but maintain a residence in the Detroit area and are devoted to Ascension St. John Hospital. The couple’s children — MariaTeresa, John Tersigni and Andrea — were born in Grosse Pointe and raised in the Detroit area. John, President of the family foundation, and Andrea still live in metro Detroit. Andrea and her husband welcomed both of their children at Ascension St. John Hospital, and John and his wife delivered their first child at the hospital.

“The hospital has provided excellent healthcare to our immediate family and many members of our extended family,” John said. “We spent a great deal of time within these walls while our father served St. John Health.” That close connection led the family to support the NICU and Birthing Center.

In recognition of their gift, the family waiting areas in the NICU and Birthing Center are named for the Tersigni family.