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 health & human services organization that utilizes the integration of behavioral and primary healthcare to promote the wellness of people living with mental illness, intellectual disabilities, and substance use disorder across a seven-county area.

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 1,600, increasing its annual budget from $17 million to $102 million, and from serving an average of 7,000 individuals each year to more than 34,000 in 2018.  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 National Council for Behavioral Health; the Statewide Health Coordinating Council (SHCC) Chair Specialty Services; the Mental Health Corporation of America Executive Committee and Board of Directors; the Alabama Healthcare Reimbursement Reform Task Force-Steering Committee;  the Alabama Hospital Association’s Telehealth Task Force; 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.