Robert Carta

Meet faculty member Bob Carta and hear his welcome message.

Robert (Bob) Carta (R.Ph.) has more than 35 years’ experience in all areas of hospital pharmacy beginning as a staff pharmacist to his current position of Vice President/Chief Pharmacy Officer at Carolinas Healthcare System (CHS). Bringing pharmacists to the forefront of patient care is his passion. He finds that pharmacists can make particularly significant contributions to chronic disease management and population health issues.  

Bob is responsible for overseeing all pharmaceutical services at CHS which includes 17 hospitals, 7 retail facilities, 5 long term care facilities, 2 hospices, 16 cancer center pharmacies, specialty pharmacy and four clinic pharmacy operations in CHS’s primary enterprise. He also has oversight of the employee pharmacy, a system-wide antibiotic stewardship network, an investigation drug service, chronic care management pharmacy services, ambulatory care pharmacy management for high risk diabetics, and a virtual pharmaceutical care program. The CHS Division of Pharmacy has approximately 750 FTEs.
The rapid growth and success of the CHS employee pharmacy program is a significant accomplishment for Bob.  This program began in 2005 and now has over 60,000 members. He is also pleased to have initiated the Specialty Pharmacy Services program in 2014 that is growing rapidly and already experiencing more than $90 Million in new revenue.

Prior to this, Bob served at CHS as Assistant Vice President of Pharmacy Services for more than a dozen years.  In this supportive role he oversaw clinical pharmacy operations at hospitals, outpatient clinics, and long term care facilities. He was instrumental in developing the business plan and justification for creating the CHS Retail Pharmacy Network, called CMC Rx. He was responsible for the planning and coordinating of a large internal mail order pharmacy operation for the prescription plan for employees. He also served as Chair of the Carolinas Operation Benchmarking (COB) for Pharmacy Services, which was charged with looking at standardization and expense control opportunities at all 42 CHS hospital-based pharmacies.

A long-time resident of Charlotte, Bob came to CHS following more than 16 years with Mercy Hospitals. Beginning as a staff pharmacist, he became Director of Pharmacy Services, a position he held for the majority of his time there. During his tenure at Mercy Hospitals, Bob was particularly pleased to be team leader for the Behavior Health Product Utilization Process (PUP) which was able to achieve 119 percent of its projected goal.

Bob is a graduate of the College of Pharmacy in Storrs, Connecticut. He is on the Board of Directors for the Pharmacy Benefit Management Institute and serves as faculty for ASHP’s Pharmacy Leadership Academy.  He serves on the Carolinas Home Care Advisory Board.

Throughout his career, he has been active with the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill assisting with hospital rotations and advanced training in pharmacy undergraduate and postgraduate training. Bob and his family enjoy international travel and outdoor activities when not at home of Charlotte, North Carolina.