Charlotte A National Health Care Center




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The Queen City is often referred to as the crown jewel of the South and with good reason. As the “biggest small town” in the Southeast, Charlotte offers the right combination of culture, southern hospitality and industry, all in a metropolitan setting with an easy-to-love climate and a world-class airport that makes it an easy sell for talent recruitment and relocation. No matter who you talk to, business leaders all say the same thing: 

Charlotte is that rare gem that all are grateful to have discovered – a city with a growing health care hub that is home to some of the national and international leaders in the health care and life sciences fields. 

The health care industry employs 11 percent of people in the Charlotte area, with more than 100,000 working in the field. Charlotte has a broad range of companies in the health care business that focus on everything from manufacturing to the supply chain and information gathering, and many of these companies work together, building strategic partnerships simply because they are located here in the same region. They also work closely with the area’s universities, relying on them for research and development and talent recruitment.

It all starts with the hospitals that call Charlotte home. Both Carolinas Medical Center, the flagship hospital of Charlotte-based Carolinas HealthCare System, and Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center, Winston-Salem based Novant Health’s Charlotte flagship, were recently named among the 100 Great Hospitals in America by Becker’s Hospital Review. 


Charlotte Region Health Care and Life Sciences Employment by Industry
Industry Average Employment Total Wages (millions)
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 33,994 $2,306,066,159
Offices of Physicians 18,269 $1,561,714,479
Nursing Care Facility (Skilled Nursing Facility) 7,410 $221,301,520
Home Health Care Services 7,147 $202,154,928
Continuing Care, Assisted Living Facility 6,592 $150,287,654
Offices of Dentists 5,730 $323,619,217
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 3,960 165,722,382
Outpatient Care Centers 3,437 $154,800,474
Residential Mental Health Facilities 2,782 63,947,075
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 2,194 $88,086,541
Scientific Research and Development Service 2,175 $171,782,650
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing 1,545 $85,442,553
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 1,455 $99,595,987
Other Hospitals 1,186 $56,815,010
Other Residential Care Facilities 1,158 $35,213,569
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 1,091 $48,501,540
Source: N.C. Division of Employment Security, Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, Charlotte Region Annual Averages, 2014.
Top 20 Health Care Educational Programs Charlotte MSA 2014
Program Completions 2013-2014
Registered Nursing / Registered Nurse 844
Medical / Clinical Assistant 547
Massage Therapy / Therapeutic Massage 110
Nursing Assistant / Aide and Patient Care Assistant / Aide 80
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other 75
Pharmacy 74
Licensed Practical / Vocational Nurse Training 73
Medical Administrative / Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary 67
Respiratory Care Therapy / Therapist 62
Surgical Technology / Technologist 60
Dental Assisting / Assistant 57
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 54
Occupational Therapist Assistant 54
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist / Coder 50
Human Nutrition 46
Athletic Training / Trainer 43
Dental Hygiene / Hygienist 43
Health Information / Medical Records Technology /Technician 41
Radiologic Technology / Science — Radiographer 36
Source: Jobs EQ, 2015
Top Employers
Top Employers
Company Employees County Description
Carolinas HealthCare System 34,500 Regional Hospitals & medical services
Novant Health 11,000 Regional General medical & surgical hospital
CaroMont Health Inc. 4,357 Gaston General medical & surgical hospital
WG (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center 1,667 Rowan General medical & surgical hospital
Catawba Valley Medical Center 1,650 Catawba General medical & surgical hospital
Piedmont Medical Center 1,500 York Acute care hospital, emergency medical services, outpatient care
Frye Regional Medical Center 1,470 Catawba Hospital
Iredell Health System 1,448 Iredell General medical & surgical hospital
Brian Center Health & Rehabilitation 1,215 Regional Continuing care retirement communities
American Red Cross 1,186 Regional Blood bank, blood products & services
White Oak Manor 938 Regional Nursing care facilities
OrthoCarolina 936 Regional Orthopedic clinic
Premier Healthcare Alliance 900 Mecklenburg Health care management & consulting services
Springs Memorial Hospital 875 Lancaster Hospital providing inpatient & outpatient services & clinics
Brookdale Senior Living Communities 835 Regional Retirement community
Lake Norman Regional Medical Center 775 Iredell General medical & surgical hospital
Piedmont HealthCare 700 Iredell Multi-specialty medical group practice
Source: Charlotte Chamber
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Economic Impact

The health care industry in the Charlotte area impacts the lives of nearly everyone in the Charlotte region. Our highly rated hospitals and concentration of medical specialists draw people from all over. Spending by health care institutions and their more than 100,000 employees has a tremendous impact on the region’s economy as well.  

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Carolinas HealthCare System

Carolinas HealthCare System

CHS infoCarolinas HealthCare System (CHS) is one of the largest and most comprehensive not-for-profit health care networks in the United States. CHS encompasses approximately 40 owned and managed hospitals in the Carolinas, along with approximately 900 other care locations, including physician practices, freestanding emergency departments, urgent care centers, nursing homes, community clinics and other facilities.

CHS employs nearly 60,000 people, accounts for more than 11.5 million patient encounters each year, and has component budgets that total more than $8.7 billion annually. Some of its best-known specialty centers include Levine Cancer Institute, Levine Children’s Hospital, Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute, the Transplant Center and comprehensive facilities providing physical rehabilitation and behavioral health services. The CHS core mission includes not only patient care, but education and research.

Carolinas Medical Center serves as the Charlotte campus of the UNC School of Medicine. In addition, CHS offers a variety of nursing and allied health programs, as well as graduate medical education opportunities that include 20 residency programs and 15 accredited fellowship programs.

The systematic integration of cancer treatment facilities has opened up clinical trial participation to patients located throughout the Carolinas. In addition, hundreds of clinical studies are in progress at any given time, spanning the full spectrum of medical disciplines from emergency medicine to surgery.

CHS has an active community outreach program to encourage preventive health. The most visible efforts in recent years have focused on early diagnosis and intervention for pre-diabetic patients, mental health first aid and the prevention of childhood obesity.

CEO Michael C. Tarwater, who has been with CHS for more than 30 years, says success and growth come naturally when you’re based in a dynamic city like Charlotte.

“Charlotte sells itself as a magnet for business startups and relocations,” he said. “The resulting growth has benefited businesses large and small, as well as not-for profit and philanthropic organizations.” 

Q&A with Michael C. Tarwater

How has being located in Charlotte contributed to your organization’s growth?

Charlotte is a growing, vibrant city that attracts new business and residents from all over the world. Also, we are blessed to have a number of organizations, in addition to the chamber, that actively work together to promote regional growth and community development.

What is the appeal of doing business in Charlotte?

Whenever I travel, I find that Charlotte enjoys a tremendous reputation as a place to do business and raise a family. The region’s many attractions include a thriving business community, professional and amateur sports, the arts, culture, education, recreation, outdoor spaces and religious life. And let’s not forget health care. We have an extraordinary concentration of talented providers and state-of-the art facilities. 

In addition, the chamber has nurtured a number of communitywide outreach programs that promise to have significant impact over time in promoting healthier lifestyles and reducing the incidence of chronic disease. Undergirding all of this is a diversified economy that has provided an unusual degree of stability, despite the overseas migration of textile, furniture and other manufacturing jobs in recent decades.

Can you speak to some of the partnerships Carolinas HealthCare System has with other companies here in town and how those partnerships benefit the companies involved?

At this point, CHS has some 3,000 employer clients in a 13-county region who partner with us to offer occupational health, wellness and other services. We expect that total to continue to grow as the delivery of health care services becomes more and more decentralized. This trend of decentralization helps to enhance customer convenience and increase efficiency. 

One of our key partnerships is with Premier Inc., a major national enterprise that is now headquartered here in Charlotte. Premier is a leading health care improvement company that provides integrated data and analytics, supply chain solutions and advisory services. Approximately 3,400 U.S. hospitals and approximately 110,000 other providers work together with Premier to enhance quality, safety and the patient experience, while moderating the escalation of costs. 

Why do you consider Charlotte an emerging health care hub?

Charlotte is fortunate to have two well-established health care systems that include acute care hospitals, physician practices and other types of outpatient and specialty care locations. In addition, we have a variety of excellent physicians and other providers who continue to operate independently. In fact, many of the programs in this area are so highly regarded that people are coming here from other areas for treatment. We refer to this as “medical tourism,” and it’s a growing part of the regional economy. 

We also have many medical research programs that have attracted some of the world’s top experts, seeking better treatments for such impairments as muscular dystrophy, ALS and other neurological disorders.

I have already mentioned Premier, and there are, of course, many other firms that help to support the health care sector, including Cardinal Health Inc. with a distribution center in Charlotte, Linet Americas in Charlotte, and Rubbermaid Healthcare in Huntersville.

The health care sector of the economy will continue to play a significant role in Charlotte’s economy as time goes on, particularly given the influence of aging baby boomers and the impact of Charlotte’s steady growth. 

Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center

Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center

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It may not have Tom Cruise, but Novant Health is clearly taking a page from the “Mission Impossible” playbook with the unveiling of one of its newest patient technologies — biometric iris scanning. If a patient is unidentified, found unconscious and brought to the emergency room, a quick scan of their retina will reveal not only who they are, but also their complete medical history.

Such technological evolution is no small undertaking.  Over a 10 year period, Novant Health will spend $650 million on its electronic health records to allow the consolidation of dozens of different computer systems, linking providers with its medical centers and exchanging information with other health systems. Many other health care organizations offer tools for patients to access their medical records, but Novant Health stands out due to the volume of patients who make regular use of MyChart, their online patient portal. Every month, patients use MyChart to send an average of 55,000 emails, schedule 4,600 appointments and receive some 360,000 medical results.

The $3.8 billion hospital system has spent the past few years becoming one of the most comprehensive health care providers in the state, building a diversified network that now includes 14 hospitals, hundreds of outpatient facilities and more than 400 physician practices in four states.

Dr. Andy Muller, the senior vice president of Novant Health and president of Novant’s greater Charlotte region, which includes Presbyterian Medical Center, the second-largest hospital in the organization with 622 beds, says that there are important things that set Charlotte apart from other markets with Novant Health providers.

“I think Charlotte is a phenomenal place for health care because of the incredible infrastructure we have in place,” he said. “There are two hospital systems with incredible staffs. I don’t think people understand the quality of physicians we have here in Charlotte and the number of independent physician practices in the Charlotte area. We have incredibly talented physicians, and that gives us a huge advantage. There’s a great environment for innovation here, not only at Novant, but at some of our other academic partners: UNC Charlotte and the North Carolina Research Campus at Kannapolis. And, there are also a number of information technology corporations located here in Charlotte.”

“One of the things that really sets the stage in Charlotte is that we have an incredible competitor across the street,” he said. “As a result, both systems have very robust staffs and we have an opportunity to push ourselves to ensure that we’re delivering the greatest care with the highest technology while continuing to be affordable.”

So you don’t have to be Tom Cruise to afford the retina scan.


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Pelton & Crane

Pelton & Crane

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“Most people recognize our name because they’ve seen it while sitting in the dentist’s chair. … They look up at the light and there it is,” said Matt Garrett, vice president of marketing for Pelton & Crane.

For most of us, a trip to the dentist is not exactly a day at the spa. But Pelton and Crane is changing that. Industry leaders will tell you that the Charlotte-based company is known for helping outfit upscale dentist offices that, well, look and feel like a spa.

It makes sense that the company was co-founded by a dentist and an engineer way back in 1900. Today, Pelton & Crane produces a complete line of dental chairs and other equipment generating $200 million in revenue annually. It falls under the larger umbrella of parent company, KaVo Kerr Group, a $2 billion enterprise that is the largest dental company in the world. KaVo Kerr is part of the $20 billion Danaher Corporation, a Fortune 75 company.

Pelton & Crane has been in Charlotte since the 1950s, but in the past few years, the company’s 30-acre northwest Charlotte campus has seen major growth.

“We relocated another facility from Oregon to Charlotte three years ago, so we added another 30,000 square feet. Instead of having two manufacturing facilities, we consolidated into one central hub here in Charlotte. We added 50 jobs when we did that,” Garrett said.

He says the resource pool and talent supply here are the reasons that the company has flourished.

“The traditional work ethic and commitment from folks in the Southeast has always been very good. We’re growing, we just continue to grow. Not only are we investing in our business, but we continue to expand the facility. We’ve gone through two modernizations and expansions in the last four years.” said Garrett.

Garrett says the Queen City is also a big draw for the many visitors the company has each year.

“We bring 600 to 700 doctors in a year for continuing education and training. Obviously American Airlines makes it very easy to get people in and out of Charlotte and the warm climate helps. We find with our dentists, they’ve all heard of Charlotte but not many have visited. It’s one of those ‘I’ve always wanted to go’ places. People are always intrigued and once here, everyone always thinks Charlotte is a neat city. They enjoy being here,” he said. 





Most people think Meredith Dolhare, a 40-year-old mother of two, is nuts. A professional long-distance runner, she has completed 25 marathons, competed in 12 Ironman competitions and run 135 miles across the desert in an ultramarathon. And, she did it all after her world-renowned foot surgeon at OrthoCarolina fixed her foot that was so badly broken, it should have been a career-ending injury.

Dr. Robert Anderson is used to dealing with professional athletes. As the team doctor for the NFL’s Carolina Panthers, he recently performed surgery on 2011 Rookie of the Year quarterback Cam Newton. And, he and the other doctors at Charlotte’s OrthoCarolina are so good that when Yankees superstar Derek Jeter needed ankle surgery, he flew from New York to the Queen City for treatment.

OrthoCarolina is one of the nations’ largest private orthopedic groups in the country with 38 offices in the Charlotte region and 1 million patients treated every year. Its expertise in the areas of foot and ankle, hand, hip and knee, shoulder and elbow, spine, sports medicine, and pediatrics offers a continuum of care unmatched anywhere in the country.

Due to its reputation, one quarter of the practice’s patients come from out of town, and its residency and fellowship programs are among the most coveted in the country.

“If you bring someone in as a fellow, they see Charlotte, they love the weather and they want to stay in Charlotte. We hire a lot of our own fellows. We have quite a few physicians who have done their residency at CMC and their fellowship at OrthoCarolina,” said Blair Primis, the director of marketing and public relations for OrthoCarolina.

“When you look at the size of OrthoCarolina, the size of Carolinas HealthCare System, those are two giant things going on and people want to come here for all the other reasons, too — because there are jobs available for spouses, cool neighborhoods, a robust college system. … People just think this is a really cool place to live and work in health care,” he said.

Over the past few years, OrthoCarolina has also focused on growing its nonprofit research arm, the OrthoCarolina Research Institute. There, doctors perform research and education, developing and pioneering revolutionary treatments and techniques. They average more than 20 Food and Drug Administration clinical trials a year, testing devices for everything from the elbows to the knees.

“From a research perspective, having two major hospitals in town is very helpful. Access to research candidates is very rich. We have a deep bench that we can go to to produce a lot of good research right here in Charlotte,” said Primis.


Premier, Inc.

Premier, Inc.



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Call it a one stop shop for health care providers. Charlotte-based Premier, Inc. helps approximately 3,600 U.S. hospitals and 120,000 other providers drive better care and outcomes at a lower cost.

With more than 1,800 employees, Premier maintains one of the nation’s largest comparative databases, allowing it to track and share clinical, financial and operational data. It also operates one of the nation’s largest group purchasing organizations, helping its members purchase quality medical supplies in bulk.


Susan D. DeVore is President and CEO of Premier

Your company moved its headquarters from San Diego to Ballantyne in south Charlotte a few years ago – why?

Premier employees take great pride – as do I - in being a Charlotte-based company. Charlotte is a leading community for technology and health care. Many nationally recognized health systems are based in the area, as are a number of our 1,100 suppliers on contract. And considering that we have members across the country, ease of access to the airport is of importance. All of this adds up to an area teeming with great talent that companies like Premier can leverage.

What has Premier’s growth experience been since moving to Charlotte?

We have been pleased with our growth since moving to Charlotte. Our employee base has grown by approximately 40 percent since we moved the headquarters here. We’ve also grown our number of member hospitals and health care systems in North Carolina significantly in the past several years. In addition, we conducted the largest IPO [initial public offering] in Charlotte’s history two years ago.

We intend to execute on our business strategies and long-term growth plans over the next several years. Premier may not be the largest company, but we believe we are having a really big impact locally and nationally.

How would you describe Charlotte in terms of supporting the business community?

I think it’s a wonderful place to learn, network and build relationships. The city as a whole is very innovative, and its business climate is quite diverse with significant footprints in industries ranging from health care to energy to financial services. And it certainly helps that the local chamber is very progressive.

CEOs often talk about Charlotte being an easy sell when recruiting.

Charlotte is a fantastic place to live. It’s affordable, has excellent schools and many opportunities for employment. We’re being recognized nationally more often for all of these and other attributes. … For us, it meets all of the work and technological needs of the company, as well as lifestyle needs of our employees.

Do you consider Charlotte a health care hub?

Absolutely! Charlotte has already established itself as a national leader for high-quality, innovative health care, with some of the nation’s most innovative health care systems and top medical supply and pharmaceutical companies located here. Since progressive employers demand high value health care for their employees, having such a strong health care presence is fundamental to the region’s ability to grow and attract companies across diverse industries.

What sort of partnerships do you have in the community?

We are involved in a number of innovative local partnerships. For example, we collaborate with Carolinas HealthCare System to improve care quality and efficiency.

Premier also works closely with the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, which is one of the only universities in the country to offer a graduate degree in health care informatics. As an information technology company, finding and attracting top talent is a priority for us, so this program has proven to be extremely valuable.

And since 2010 we have partnered with the YMCA of Greater Charlotte to offer Premier employee-only sports leagues, and on-site exercise classes.

Charlotte really offers a robust working environment. I’m confident we’ll continue to build on our reputation as both a great place to work and live.


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Microban International


Microban International

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“Even the toilet paper dispensers are part of Microban products,” said Ivan Ong, the vice president of research and development at Microban International, when describing the company’s Huntersville headquarters. Much of the 51,000-square-foot building is a living showcase of what Microban has to offer.

“We designed the building from the ground up using paint, the countertops, the flooring —  all with Microban antimicrobial product protection,” Ong said.

Microban technology provides 24/7 protection from bacteria, mold and mildew for household and commercial products. It’s used in more than 1,000 products —  everything from baby changing tables to cutting boards —  manufactured by 250 of the largest companies in the world, such as GAP, Sherwin Williams and Bissell. The seven-acre campus is home to one of the world’s largest microbiology labs, where quality control and product testing and development are carried out. The company has grown so much that there are now 70 employees, and the lab that was once a small part of the facility, now takes up half the headquarters.

Ong says being in the Charlotte region has made that kind of exceptional growth possible.

“Charlotte has tremendous infrastructure, we have manufacturers here that make all of our products and they are very conveniently located. We have partnerships with great universities, we have recruited from UNC Charlotte, and we’re so close to Wake Forest, Chapel Hill and Duke that we get talent from those schools as well,” he said.

Similar to many international companies based in the Queen City, Ong says that the airport is a major asset that is important for global travel and staying well-connected domestically. “Charlotte offers all the elements necessary for a business to grow. There’s trucking transportation, world-class airports, the banks… there is a lot of support in Charlotte for business,” he said.

But he says what really makes the Charlotte business community so attractive is the quality of life the community offers for workers.

“The Charlotte metro area offers many lifestyle options for our employees. It is centrally located between the coastal and mountain regions, has thriving commerce and employment opportunities, as well as cultural and entertainment options that all contribute to attracting talent to our company,” he said.

Microban also relies on strategic partnerships with the hospitals in the area, collaborating with them on developing technologies for infection control.

“We’re looking at more innovative and preventative measures for deploying our products in hospitals. We’re doing a lot of research in that area from medical devices to disinfectants. Working with local hospitals is important to help us identify trends and health care practitioner needs,” he said.



Linet Americas

Linet Americas

The LINET story is a true entrepreneurial journey that started in 1990 in a small town in the outskirts of Prague, Czech Republic. LINET’s founder, Zbynek Frolík, worked as a technical director and facilities manager in the largest hospital system in the Czech Republic. It was there he saw an opportunity to create a better hospital bed, a bed that through technological innovation could make a nurse’s job easier and advance patient safety. Today, LINET is driving positive change in health care throughout the world and has become an international leader in health care technology with more than 1 million patient beds installed in more than 100 countries. 

Linet Americas bed

In 2010, LINET made the decision to expand to the United States, and chose to establish its headquarters in Charlotte because of its pro-business culture.

“There’s a real can-do attitude. People want you to succeed, so they’re very helpful in getting you connected,” said Colin Bain, president and CEO of LINET Americas.

Bain has taken the time to develop a dynamic team and strong company culture, transferring Frolík’s personal enthusiasm for the company and establishing a vision for the future.

LINET beds are designed for the ICU and medical-surgical environments and help to facilitate early mobilization, assist in better adherence to turning schedules, improve pain management and help reduce infection rates. Caregivers and hospital staff are reacting very positively toward their presence in the market. Since LINET came to the U.S. five years ago, the company has doubled its business every year in terms of revenue. In 2013, LINET Americas made $20 million. In 2015, the hospital bed manufacturer is on track to make more than $40 million.

“We’ve had a very aggressive growth curve,” Bain said, attributing the growth in part to Charlotte’s business friendly environment, prime location along the Eastern Seaboard, and Charlotte’s booming health care market.

LINET takes great pride in their products and commands a belief that their products are making a difference — not only for caregiver efficiency, but for nurse and patient safety. In the coming years, LINET hopes to expand their presence in the Charlotte area by opening a Charlotte-based manufacturing plant, helping to foster the growth of Charlotte as a leading health care destination.

“It’s easy to do business here in terms of utility and labor costs, and I’d like to create new jobs here and put down more roots…it’s just got a good feeling to it,” Bain said. 

Octapharma Plasma Inc.

Octapharma Plasma Inc.

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Octapharma Plasma Inc. is an industry leader in the harvesting of human blood plasma for use in life-saving biopharmaceutical therapies that treat rare, chronic and genetic conditions.

Plasma, the part of the blood that carries red and white blood cells and platelets, is rich in protein and disease-fighting properties and is a vital ingredient in many medicines. At Octapharma Plasma’s Charlotte headquarters, the company expanded its corporate offices in 2014 to include a $40 million state-of-the-art testing laboratory and plasma storage facility with the goal of vertically integrating their U.S. operations. The company owns and operates more than 50 plasma collection centers across more than 20 states, and they continue to expand in support of the growing global demand for plasma-derived therapies.

Octapharma Plasma moved to Charlotte from Atlanta in 2009, and the company has consistently grown since making the move. Its workforce has already doubled over the last five years, and the company expects to double again when its current expansion plan is complete.

“The decision to expand our footprint here in Charlotte was an easy one,” said Octapharma Plasma’s chief operating officer, Judy Smith. “Charlotte has a lot to offer businesses. It is conveniently located … with a growing transit system. It is a dynamic hub for numerous and diverse local and global businesses, and it is home to a highly educated and experienced workforce. Charlotte is also a desirable community for working professionals and their families, offering all the amenities of a vibrant ‘big city’ while cultivating its Southern heritage and ‘small town’ charm. We are happy to call Charlotte our home.”

And, she believes it helps to be located in the heart of a growing health care hub.

“I think Charlotte is growing in terms of the medicine of the future. At Octapharma Plasma, we are invested in the communities where we live and work, and here in Charlotte, we are helping to contribute to a thriving local economy, creating jobs and providing valued services. We see ourselves as a partner in Charlotte’s growing and diverse health care community,” she said. 

Care Ring

Care Ring

Q&A with Dr. Don Jonas, Executive Director of Care Ring

Describe Care Ring’s history and growth in Charlotte. 

Sixty years ago our founder, Maribelle Connerat, believed a community with a culture of wellness thrives. She laid a foundation to improve the health and well-being of people in our region with limited resources, creating a model of care designed to empower individuals to establish and maintain good health.

Today we are focused on innovative solutions to serve those most in need in the midst of massive health care transformation. From partnering with volunteer physicians to care for the indigent, to providing access to quality, affordable health care in the Center City, and even going into the homes of new mothers to improve the lives of some of our most vulnerable families, we embrace new ideas and new ways to care for those in need. 

What impact does Care Ring have within the community? 

For six decades Care Ring has been a recognized leader providing and improving access to quality, affordable health care services for uninsured and low-wealth individuals. The demand for our services remains high: tens of thousands of our neighbors in Mecklenburg County continue to experience barriers to health care even after implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

It is our mission to empower these individuals with limited resources, helping them establish and maintain good health. We have a network of 1600 volunteer health professionals and countless partnerships in the community with business, public sector, and other nonprofit agencies that help us achieve our mission. We recently recognized the generosity of our partnering physicians and dentists, celebrating more than $100 million in donated care over the last 10 years from Charlotte’s medical community through participation in one of our programs. 

What health care organization and business partnerships are you engaged in? How do these partnerships help bolster health care services?

Care Ring leverages community partnerships to build a continuum of public health services for our community. We have strong community partnerships with from businesses and organizations including but not limited to BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina, Carolinas Healthcare System, Mecklenburg County, OrthoCarolina, Menaker Rodney Dentistry, Novant Health, Regions Bank, United Way, Wells Fargo, Winstead and many others. These partnerships have helped us reach more of our neighbors and showcase our organization to new clients, supporters and friends of Care Ring. We embrace the Charlotte Chamber’s Healthy Charlotte initiative, and are fully supportive of its goal to help our region become one of the fittest metropolitan regions in the country. 

What is the importance of the nonprofit sector in the health care industry?

As a nonprofit, we are primarily responsible and accountable to the communities we serve, with a particular focus on the most vulnerable in Charlotte. We are the heart of community health. Care Ring serves thousands of uninsured and underinsured individuals each year. It is important to have organizations such as ours serving as a critical part of Charlotte’s safety net.

Community Partners

Many of the companies that call Charlotte home work closely with the area’s colleges and universities.

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is North Carolina’s urban research university and offers programs in public health sciences, kinesiology, gerontology, nursing, and health informatics. The school recently teamed with Premier, Inc. to help care providers improves health in communities nationwide.

The North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis is a 350-acre research center located just north of Charlotte. Corporations, universities and health care organizations have forged a public-private partnership that is transforming science at the intersection of human health, nutrition and agriculture.

President Barack Obama praised Central Piedmont Community College in his 2013 State of the Union address, calling on other companies to copy the success of the CPCC programs that pair businesses and community colleges to maximize workforce development. The school offers a wide variety of health-related programs through its Science, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Health and Human Services, Health Sciences and Nursing divisions.

The Presbyterian School of Nursing at Queens University of Charlotte upholds a tradition of more than a century of excellence in the development of our current and future nursing workforce. The Presbyterian School of Nursing is comprised of over 20 full-time faculty and more than 250 students in its BSN and MSN programs.

Carolinas HealthCare System also offers several highly regarded regional nursing education programs including Mercy School of Nursing and Carolinas College of Health Sciences. And in Concord, Cabarrus College of Health Sciences is located on the campus of Carolinas Medical Center-NorthEast. The Carolinas College of Health Sciences was named the 14th best community college in the nation by in 2015.