All Children's Hospital joins Johns Hopkins Medicine

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All Children? Hospital is now a part of the Johns Hopkins Health System (JHHS), as a fully integrated member of Johns Hopkins Medicine (JHM). All Children? becomes the first US hospital outside of the Baltimore/Washington DC region to achieve membership within JHM, which includes The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System.

The non-cash transaction ?no purchase or sale ?formally integrating ACH into JHM took place on April 1, 2011 with a public celebratory event planned for 10 AM on April 4th at the All Children? Hospital Main Entrance, 501 Sixth Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL.
?his is a momentous occasion – the beginning of a new chapter in the history of All Children? Hospital,?says Gary Carnes, President & CEO of All Children? Health System. ?hroughout its 84-year history, All Children? has grown with the needs of children to become a statewide 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? value as a key community asset will increase exponentially. All Children? top-notch clinical care will evolve into the future with the addition of world-class teaching and research opportunities for which Johns Hopkins Medicine is renowned. Our region and the state of Florida stand to benefit from the economic impact that such growth entails.?
?e welcome All Children? to the Hopkins family and we join the leadership of All Children? in viewing this integration as an opportunity that allows both partners to continue their respective mission-centric work in children? health care,?says Edward D. Miller, M.D., Dean and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine. ?e also believe it increases All Children? 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 of the world-class teaching and research opportunities 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. ?ntegrating with such an outstanding pediatric medical center as All Children? 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? shares a similar commitment to its own community and patients. It is this shared vision that we will build upon with this new integration.?
Under the terms of the integration agreement, All Children? Hospital retains its name and its longstanding commitment to the children of Florida. Donations made to the Hospital? Foundation remain for the benefit of All Children?. Leadership and day-to-day operation of the 259-bed freestanding pediatric hospital in St. Petersburg FL and outreach facilities in eight west Florida counties are not expected to change. All Children? retains its voluntary medical staff and physician organizations, including those University of South Florida physicians practicing at ACH. The University and All Children? 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 continue to provide guidance and oversight of All Children? as majority members of the Hospital? Board of Trustees. In fact, the Chairman of the Board of All Children? Hospital will now be a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine, and in addition, members of the Board of All Children? Hospital will be offered opportunities to serve on JHM and JHHS committees.

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