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 20 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. In 2017, Schlesinger spearheaded the launch of Accordia Health, AltaPointe’s division of primary care, which allows it to integrate primary and behavioral healthcare, increasing patient satisfaction and improving their overall health.  Further guidance from Schlesinger led to the creation of Accordia Health & Wellness. It is a state-of-the-art employee-centered clinic in Mobile offering accessible and high-quality primary healthcare by board-certified clinicians at a reduced rate for employees and their families covered by AltaPointe’s health insurance plan.

Under Schlesinger’s leadership, the organization has grown from employing 277 to 1,700, increasing its annual budget from $17 million to $117 million, and from serving an average of 7,000 individuals each year to more than 33,000 in 2019.  Operations include BayPointe and EastPointe psychiatric hospitals, two primary care locations, 17 outpatient locations, two private professional counseling facilities, 30 adult residential group homes, six adult foster homes, seven independent living 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.

Schlesinger is a member of the Alabama Council of Community Mental Health Boards; the Statewide Health Coordinating Council (SHCC) Specialty Services Committee and serves as chair of the SHCC Home Health Committee; the Stepping Up Committee with the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office; the Mental Health Risk Retention Group (MHRRG) Board of Directors; the National Council for Behavioral Health; the Mental Health Corporation of America; the Alabama Healthcare Reimbursement Reform Task Force-Steering Committee; the Alabama Hospital Association’s Telehealth Task Force; and the National Association for Behavioral Healthcare; 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.