Health & Family

Charlotte group names Michael Tarwater ‘World Citizen’

Michael Tarwater, CEO of Carolinas HealthCare System, will be honored Tuesday by the World Affairs Council of Charlotte as a local citizen with internationally significant achievements.

The council hailed Tarwater’s leadership of Carolinas HealthCare, which “has become a global ambassador for Charlotte as an internationally acclaimed institution that attracts specialists from around the world and exports much admired best practices and healthcare innovations across the globe.”

Under his leadership, the hospital system has developed the International Medical Outreach program, in collaboration with the Heineman Foundation and the Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute.

Over many decades, this group, under the leadership of retired heart surgeon Dr. Francis Robicsek, has delivered medical assistance, helped improve public health systems and helped establish sustainable health care in medically underserved countries in Central America, the Caribbean and Africa, as well as in parts of Europe. The outreach program oversees exchanges of international medical personnel, donations of medical equipment and provision of on-site training.

Charlotte-based Carolinas HealthCare is a $7.8 billion public, nonprofit hospital authority with more than 60,000 employees in more than 900 locations in the Carolinas and Georgia. Tarwater, 60, has been with the hospital system for more than 30 years, and was named CEO in 2002.

The World Affairs Council of Charlotte, a nonprofit organization that works to foster education about and discussion of world issues, annually presents the World Citizen Award to a member of the community who has made a significant impact on the region and enhanced its global standing.

Tarwater will receive the 2014 World Citizen Award during a dinner at the Westin Charlotte. Also, the council will present the 2014 Harold P. Josephson Award to Wayne Cooper, the Honorary Consul of Mexico to North Carolina and dean of the N.C. Consular Corps.

Past recipients of the World Citizen award include Robicsek, former Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers, Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, former Bank of America CEO Hugh McColl, evangelist Billy Graham, and Erskine and Crandall Bowles.

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