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Michael Tarwater joined Pamlico's Advisory Board in 2018.


For 35 years, Michael Tarwater led in the development of Carolinas HealthCare System, the largest, vertically integrated healthcare system in North and South Carolina.

Carolinas HealthCare System is comprised of 60,000+ employees located in more than 900 care locations throughout the Carolinas, with a total enterprise net revenue in excess of $9 billion.

Prior to joining Carolinas HealthCare System in 1981, Michael served as the assistant administrator at the University of Alabama Hospitals. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of West Florida and a Master of Science degree in hospital and health administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Michael is a life member and past chairman of the Board of Trustees of the North Carolina Hospital Association, and previously served on the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Board of Trustees, and as Chairman of the AHA Regional Policy Board 3. He is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Queens University of Charlotte and serves on numerous other community-oriented boards. He is a Past Chairman of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce and founding member of the Charlotte Executive Leadership Council.

Among other honors, Michael is a Life Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and a member of North Carolina’s Order of the Long Leaf Pine.


BS from the University of West Florida
MS from the University of Alabama at Birmingham

Prior Experience

Carolinas HealthCare System
University of Alabama Hospitals

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