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A top exec retiring from Carolinas HealthCare System

Carolinas Medical Center, the flagship hospital of Charlotte-based Carolinas HealthCare System.
Carolinas Medical Center, the flagship hospital of Charlotte-based Carolinas HealthCare System. rlahser@charlotteobserver.com

Carolinas HealthCare System’s chief financial officer, Greg Gombar, will retire at the end of this year, the Charlotte-based system said Friday.

Gombar’s departure follows a roughly 33-year career with the system, which he joined in 1984 as controller before becoming finance chief the next year.

His retirement announcement comes a year after Gene Woods took over as CEO in May 2016 to replace Michael Tarwater, who retired after 35 years with the system and 14 as chief executive. Woods announced Gombar’s retirement in an email to employees last month, the system said.

“I have had the pleasure of working with Greg over the past year and view him as the ultimate team player, unselfishly committed to our mission to improve health, elevate hope and advance healing – for all,” Woods said in the email, according to a portion furnished to the Observer.

The system said Friday it has partnered with executive search firm Korn Ferry to begin a national search to fill the vacancy.

Gombar could not be reached for comment.

Before joining Carolinas HealthCare, Gombar was an audit manager and healthcare consultant for accounting firm Arthur Andersen. At Carolinas HealthCare, his role also included oversight of government relations.

Carolinas HealthCare is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit health care systems, running about 40 hospitals. It is also the dominant hospital system in the Charlotte area, controlling about 50 percent of the market, where it operates Carolinas Medical Center and nine other hospitals in the region.

According to 2016 data released earlier this year, Gombar ranked among the system’s highest-compensated executives, earning $2.14 million.

At least three other top executives have announced their departures from Carolinas HealthCare since Woods replaced Tarwater.

Deon Roberts: 704-358-5248, @DeonERoberts

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