75 Years of Carolinas HealthCare System.

When you look back on the history of any enterprise with a long tenure, it’s always fascinating to think about the things that change over the years, and the things that do not.

In the case of Carolinas HealthCare System, our changes over the past 75 years have been extraordinary. It’s unlikely that any of the people who laid the original cornerstone for Charlotte Memorial Hospital could have envisioned the comprehensive organization that would evolve.

One thing that has never changed, however, is the dedication and caring spirit of the people who work here. The “culture of caring” at Carolinas HealthCare System has been our defining characteristic for more than seven decades, and our patients and their families see evidence of it every day.

I invite you to explore the timeline and photos on our 75th Anniversary webpages. You may see some familiar faces and scenes, and you’ll likely learn something new about Carolinas HealthCare System.

Our connection to the patients we serve has never been stronger, and we intend to build on that relationship as we lead the transformation of healthcare into the future.

Thank you for your interest in, and support of, Carolinas HealthCare System.

Michael C. Tarwater
Chief Executive Officer


75th Anniversary Community Celebration - Carolinas HealthCare System

75th Anniversary Community Celebration - Carolinas HealthCare System


75 Years for Carolinas HealthCare System - 1940

Charlotte Memorial opens; St. Peter's Hospital closes at Sixth and Popular streets uptown and patients are transferred on Monday, October 7, 1940.
First female surgeon, Dr. Grace Jones, begins work at Charlotte Memorial.
Louisa Littleton, a Virginia native and graduate of George Washington University School of Medicine, enrolls as the first female resident at Charlotte Memorial. She becomes a pediatrician and practices medicine for 33 years, much of that time in Statesville.

75 Years for Carolinas HealthCare System - 1950

Early 1950s
Charlotte Memorial was providing the community's only 24-hour emergency department, the only full scale charity clinics for the indigent, and the only intern and resident training program approved by the American Medical Association and the American College of Surgeons.
Mecklenburg County Medical Society votes to de-segregate and allow black physicians to join. Dr. Hugh Verner made the motion to integrate the Society. Dr. Verner, along with Dr. James M. Alexander, co-founded the practice that became Mecklenburg Medical Group.
Dr. Francis Robicsek joins Dr. Paul Sanger and Dr. Fred Taylor in their practice. That same year they successfully treated a 12-year-old suffering from "blue baby" disease by re-routing blood vessels to his lungs, by-passing a defective chamber in his heart. It was one of the first such surgeries ever performed.

75 Years for Carolinas HealthCare System - 1960

Charlotte Memorial Hospital Authority renames itself the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Hospital Authority.
Segregation of patients at Charlotte Memorial Hospital ends by resolution of the board.
Dr. Bryant Galusha works to improve the hospital’s education program, and Charlotte Memorial hires its first full-time faculty member, Dr. Marvin McCall.

75 Years for Carolinas HealthCare System - 1970

Kidney dialysis unit opens.
Computerized recovery unit opens for open heart surgery patients (first in the Carolinas; second in the nation).
North Carolina Area Health Education Center opens at Charlotte Memorial.

75 Years for Carolinas HealthCare System - 1980

University Hospital, later called Carolinas Medical Center-University, opens for patients.
First heart transplant in Charlotte, the third in the state (first two done at Duke Medical Center.
Start of helicopter service for patient transport.

75 Years for Carolinas HealthCare System - 1990

Carolinas Medical Center is designated as an "academic medical center teaching hospital," one of only five in the state.
Cannon Research Center opens and Liver transplant program begins.
Mercy Health becomes part of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Hospital Authority.

75 Years for Carolinas HealthCare System - 2000

Carolinas MED-1, a mobile hospital service, is launched.
NorthEast Medical Center in Concord joins Carolinas HealthCare System and 2008 – Levine Children’s Hospital opens.
AnMed Health affiliates with Carolinas HealthCare System.

75 Years for Carolinas HealthCare System - 2010

Carolinas Medical Center-Lincoln opens at its new campus, UNC School of Medicine opens its Charlotte campus at Carolinas Medical Center.
Cone Health in Greensboro affiliates with Carolinas HealthCare System.
Virtual Critical Care unit opens in Mint Hill; Cleveland County Healthcare System in Shelby joins Carolinas HealthCare System.


Patient Stories

Patients who come to CarolinasHealthCare System often face life-threatening situations, or need advanced care from some of the world's leading specialists. Watch as these patients share their stories during these difficult times and how the care received helped them reach a positive outcome.

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Teammate Stories

From caring for patients to becoming one; or providing empathy and hope in a time of need, for 75 years, our teammates have made a difference in millions of lives.

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