Michele Tarbet

Michele Tarbet

"When we live The Sharp Experience, we treat everyone the way we would want our loved ones treated."

Michele Tarbet passed away July 11, 2014. She left an indelible mark on Sharp HealthCare, Grossmont Hospital, the East County and the countless individuals she worked with and knew.

Michele Tarbet, RN, BSN, MS, is senior vice president and chief executive officer of Sharp Grossmont Hospital, a 536-bed acute-care facility in La Mesa, Calif., which houses the busiest emergency department in San Diego County. Tarbet has been in this role since 1996.

Under her leadership, in 2011 the hospital was redesignated with Nursing Magnet Recognition, the highest nursing honor, by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. In addition, as part of Sharp HealthCare, Sharp Grossmont shares in the honor of being selected as a 2007 Malcolm Baldrige Award recipient, the highest presidential honor for quality and organizational excellence in the United States. This is in addition to leading the way for Sharp Grossmont Hospital to become a designated STEMI Center and a Joint Commission Stroke Center of Excellence. Tarbet was also the driving force behind the purchase of two hospice houses to serve the terminally ill. 

In addition to her clinical success, Michele was instrumental in the formation of a capital campaign to build a new five-story Emergency and Critical Care Center, designed to house the most progressive emergency department and critical care units in the Western United States. In addition to the capital campaign, Michele partnered with the Grossmont Healthcare District and embarked on a public campaign to raise $247 million to complete the Emergency and Critical Care Center, and to fund additional master plan projects, including a Heart and Vascular Center, new Central Energy Plant and renovation of a 164-bed patient care tower. This campaign was one of the most successful bond initiatives in California, yielding a 78 percent approval.

Tarbet currently serves on the University of Virginia Alumni Board of Managers. She also participates on a number of community boards, including the Boys and Girls Club of East County, for which she has served a term as board chairperson, and the East County Chamber of Commerce, for which she is past chair. She is also a member of the La Mesa Rotary Club and the La Mesa Park and Recreation Foundation Board.

Tarbet is the 1999 recipient of the prestigious YMCA Tribute to Women and Industry “TWIN” Award, the 2001 recipient of the Council on Community Clinic’s “Hero” Award and the recipient of the 2004 East County Chamber of Commerce’s Women in Leadership Award.

Tarbet received her bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Virginia and an MS in health care administration from the University of LaVerne. Tarbet has more than 35 years of progressive health care management experience, including nursing and hospital operations.