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All Children's Hospital Joins Johns Hopkins Medicine

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, April 4, 2011

All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, FL is the first US hospital outside of the Baltimore/Washington DC area to join Johns Hopkins Medicine, the hospitals have announced.

The non-cash transaction formally integrating ACH into JHM took place eight months after the two organizations signed a letter of intent.

"This is a momentous occasion -- the beginning of a new chapter in the history of All Children's Hospital," says Gary Carnes, president/CEO of All Children's Health System. "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."

Ronald R. Peterson, president of The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System and executive vice president of JHM, said: "Integrating with such an outstanding pediatric medical center as All Children's Hospital offers benefits that will extend far beyond our respective campuses."

 Under the terms of the integration agreement, ACH retains its name. Donations made to the Hospital's Foundation remain for the benefit of ACH. 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. ACH retains its voluntary medical staff and physician organizations, including those University of South Florida physicians practicing at ACH. The University and ACH will continue the USF Residency Program through 2014, with the possibility of extending beyond that under discussion.

Board governance structure ensures that local community leaders continue oversight of ACH as majority members of the board of trustees. The chairman of the board of ACH will be a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine and members of the ACH board will be offered opportunities to serve on JHM and JHHS committees.

ACH is the only pediatric hospital on Florida's West Coast and one of only two hospitals in the state totally devoted to children's care. ACH draws patients from throughout Florida, 50 states and 36 countries, with 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 southeast. The hospital is part of the billion-dollar All Children's Health System, with more than 2,800 employees on its main campus and 10 outreach centers in west central Florida.


John Commins is a senior editor with HealthLeaders Media.

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