michael-tarabayMr. Tarabay joins the company during a period of rapid growth and client expansion.

Michael comes to Mercury from a long career in both U.S. and international hospital administration and a solid career in health benefits consulting with Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. com where he served as Senior Account Manager for over 11 years.

In 2008 Tarabay was the CEO of Hospital CIMA Santa Engracia in Monterrey, Mexico where he led the staff to achieved Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation under the 2008 patient safety standards and demonstrated compliance with 99.9% of the standards, the highest percentage completion in all of Latin America. He served as Chief Operating Officer, Assistant Administrator and Director of Managed Care at LifeCare Hospital of Pittsburgh prior to his appointment as CEO at CIMA.

While at HighMark Blue Cross Blue Shield, he led his sales team to win producer contests 5 years in a row, qualified for bonuses up to 480% of base salary and was the #1 sales employee that won not only health but life insurance awards every year with Blue Cross Blue Shield. Prior to HighMark, he served as President of Penn Western Agency, a wholly owned subsidiary of Blue Cross of Western Pennsylvania where he sold over $14.5 million  of annualized premiums in 5 years, a present day value of just over $81 million without adjusting for premium hikes that have occurred since then.

Michael will oversee Mercury Healthcare International's growing self-funded employer business development team and will be an integral part of the organization as it expands its footprint in the global workforce health benefits and wellness programs with a wide selection of health travel benefit options and our GlobalFlex HRA™ program.

Mercury solves the problem of managing costly benefit silos by consolidating one pre-screened and inspected global network of more than 800,000 providers including hospitals, physicians, dentists, and full ancillary provider availability across the entire USA and more than 40 countries abroad. It takes the traditional PPO network access to a previously unseen level by incorporating all the other clinical management pieces into its trademarked globally integrated health delivery system® that coordinates care to  manage and avoid disease progression while reducing the administrative redundancy costs of a pastiche of quilted PPO networks to deliver care to a multi-state or multi-national workforce.

"Michael brings an unmatched blend of expertise in both healthcare benefits management and firsthand knowledge of medical travel, international hospital quality management and medical tourism infrastructure to the training and development of newly appointed brokers, agents and benefits consultants affiliated with MHI," says Maria K Todd, MHA PhD, CEO and Founder of MHI. "I am thrilled he has finally decided to join us. We've been pursuing him for more than three years."

Michael has a BA in personnel administration, sales and marketing from the University of Richmond, and served in the U.S. Army.  He served in Turkey during his tour of duty where he worked in health administration. Michael is completely fluent in English and Spanish and speaks "a bit of Lebanese Arabic and Turkish".