Executive Leadership

Tuerk Schlesinger

Chief Executive Officer
Tuerk Schlesinger

Tuerk Schlesinger, MBA, is the chief executive officer of AltaPointe Health where he has served for 18 years. Based in Mobile, AltaPointe is Alabama’s most comprehensive, behavioral health organization and operates in seven counties. AltaPointe provides a continuum of mental and behavioral healthcare for children, adolescents, and adults.

Under Schlesinger’s leadership, the organization has grown from employing 277 to 1,450, increasing its annual budget from $17 million to $85 million, and from serving an average of 7,000 individuals each year to more than 30,000 in 2016. Operations include BayPointe and EastPointe psychiatric hospitals, 10 outpatient locations, two private professional counseling facilities, 25 adult residential group homes, nine adult foster homes and two adolescent transitional age homes. As CEO, Schlesinger established AltaPointe’s partnership with the University of South Alabama, College of Medicine-Department of Psychiatry for which the organization’s psychiatrists provide the administration and faculty.

He serves on the Alabama Region E Regional Care Organization (RCO) Board, a community-led, regional organization that coordinates the health care of Medicaid patients. In addition, he is a member of the Alabama State Health Coordinating Committee (SHCC). Schlesinger also is a member of the Alabama Council of Community Mental Health Boards-Executive Committee, the National Council for Behavioral Health, the Mental Health Corporation of America-International Planning Committee, the Alabama Healthcare Reimbursement Reform Task Force-Steering Committee, various Alabama Department of Mental Health committees and subcommittees as well as many other organizations. He also serves on the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce Advisory Board.

Schlesinger earned a bachelor of business administration degree from Auburn University and a master of business administration degree from Spring Hill College in Mobile. In 2008, Schlesinger was named a Behavioral Health Champion by the nationally circulated Behavioral Healthcare Magazine.