April 4, 2011 - Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Baltimore

All Children’s Hospital, in St. Petersburg, Fla., is now a part of the Johns Hopkins Health System (JHHS) and a fully integrated member of Johns Hopkins Medicine (JHM). All Children’s is the first U.S. hospital outside of the Baltimore/Washington, D.C., region to become integrated with JHM, which includes the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System.

The non-cash transaction — there was no purchase or sale — officially integrating ACH into JHM took place on April 1, 2011, with a formal celebratory event planned for April 4 in St. Petersburg.

“This is a momentous occasion — the beginning of a new chapter in the history of All Children’s Hospital,” says Gary Carnes, president and CEO of All Children’s Health System. “Throughout its 84-year history, All Children’s has grown with the needs of children to become a regional referral center for the best in pediatric care. The goal has always been to become a national leader, not only in clinical care, but also in teaching and research to benefit future generations of children in Florida and beyond. As part of Johns Hopkins Medicine, All Children’s value as a key community asset will increase exponentially. All Children’s top-notch clinical care will evolve into the future with the addition of the world-class teaching and research opportunities for which Johns Hopkins Medicine is renowned. Our area and the state of Florida stand to benefit from the economic impact that such growth entails.”

“We welcome All Children’s to the Hopkins family and we join the leadership of All Children’s in viewing this integration as an opportunity that allows both partners to continue their respective, mission-centric work in children’s health care,” says Edward D. Miller, M.D., dean and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine. “We also believe that it increases All Children’s value as a key community asset, extending benefits near and beyond to the children in need of top-notch clinical care by adding the advantages that Johns Hopkins Medicine will bring.”

Ronald R. Peterson, president of The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System and executive vice president of JHM, notes that Johns Hopkins is the birthplace of modern pediatrics and embraces this chance to grow. “Integrating with such an outstanding pediatrics medical center as All Children’s Hospital offers benefits that will extend far beyond our respective campuses. Johns Hopkins’ commitment to its own community and to its patients has never wavered in more than a century, and we know that All Children’s shares a similar commitment to its own community and patients. This is the shared commitment and vision we will build upon with this new integration.”

Under the terms of the integration agreement, All Children’s Hospital retains its name and its longstanding commitment to the children of Florida. Donations made to the Hospital’s Foundation remain for the benefit of All Children’s. Leadership and day-to-day operation of the 259-bed freestanding pediatric hospital and outreach facilities in eight west Florida counties are not expected to change. All Children’s retains its voluntary medical staff and physician organizations, including those University of South Florida physicians who are practicing at ACH. The university and All Children’s are committed to continuing the USF Residency Program at ACH through 2014, with the possibility of extending beyond that timeframe still under discussion.

Board governance structure guarantees that local community leaders will continue to provide guidance and oversight of All Children’s as majority members of the Hospital’s board of trustees. In fact, the chairman of the board of All Children’s Hospital will now be a member of the board of Johns Hopkins Medicine, and in addition, members of the board of All Children’s Hospital will be offered opportunities to serve on JHM and JHHS committees. All Children’s will operate under the direction of the JHHS governance structure in the same manner as The Johns Hopkins Hospital and other hospital members of JHHS, including Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Howard County General Hospital, Suburban Hospital and Sibley Memorial Hospital.

Jonathan Ellen, M.D., former chairman of pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center will serve as the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine vice dean for All Children's Hospital and physician in chief at All Children's Hospital.

About Johns Hopkins Medicine Headquartered in Baltimore, Md., Johns Hopkins Medicine is a nearly $6 billion integrated global health enterprise and one of the leading academic medical centers in the United States. A nonprofit, Johns Hopkins Medicine combines its 120-year commitment to community care with groundbreaking research, teaching and medical services to patients worldwide.

Johns Hopkins is the birthplace of modern pediatrics. Its Children’s Center has more than 30 pediatric subspecialties, including allergy, cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, nephrology, neurology, neurosurgery, oncology, pulmonary and transplant. Hopkins Children’s subspecialties are staffed by more than 250 faculty members that not only care for patients, but train tomorrow’s pediatricians and conduct groundbreaking research.

The Johns Hopkins Hospital has been ranked number one in the nation for 20 consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report. Johns Hopkins scientists receive more federal research support annually ($439 million in 2010) than their counterparts in other U.S. medical schools. With more than 30,000 employees, Johns Hopkins Medicine is among Maryland’s largest private employers and the largest in Baltimore City. Johns Hopkins International brings world-class health care to more than 25 strategic operations in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. Johns Hopkins Medicine operates six academic and community hospitals and four suburban health care and surgery centers; employs more than 2,800 physicians; and has about 2.5 million outpatient visits annually.

About All Children’s Hospital Children are the sole focus of All Children’s Hospital and its new, million-square-foot St. Petersburg, Fla., campus devoted to pediatric specialty care. The ten-story All Children’s Hospital and its adjacent Outpatient Care Center (dedicated in January 2010) replace an existing 42-year-old facility just two blocks away.

All Children's Hospital is the only hospital on Florida’s West Coast that’s totally devoted to children’s care — a leader in pediatric treatment, education, research and advocacy. As a regional referral center for children with some of the most challenging medical problems, All Children’s draws patients from throughout Florida, all 50 states and 36 foreign countries. Even the most fragile patients benefit from All Children’s highly specialized staff, services and facilities, including heart transplantation, blood and marrow transplantation, pediatric trauma services and one of the largest Neonatal Intensive Care programs in the Southeastern United States. The hospital is part of the billion-dollar All Children’s Health System, with more than 2,800 employees on its main campus and ten outreach centers located throughout west central Florida. Its commitment to serve all children is reflected in a patient mix that is 70 percent Medicaid, as well as the provision of $33 million in annual community benefits, the majority of which are the costs of charity and indigent care.

The mission of this private, not-for-profit hospital is rooted in its beginnings in 1926 as Florida’s first Crippled Children’s Hospital for polio victims.


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