Johns Hopkins Inks Deal With Florida's ACH

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media , July 20, 2010

All Children's Hospital, which opened a one-million-square-foot, 10-story tower and adjacent outpatient building in January, will retain its name and mission, and donations made to the Hospital's Foundation will 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 won't change. Local community leaders will continue to provide oversight of All Children's as majority members of the Hospital's Board of Trustees.

"Integration with Hopkins will position us to jointly shape the future of children's healthcare in partnership with an unparalleled leader in medical research and teaching," said Claudia Sokolowski, All Children's Health System board chair. "The potential economic impact for St. Petersburg, the Tampa Bay area and the state of Florida is significant and lasting. But the positive impact for children and their families will extend well beyond our geographic reach for generations to come."

JHHS' Maryland affiliates include The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Inc., Suburban Hospital, and Howard County General Hospital Inc., and The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

ACH is part of the $1 billion All Children's Health System, with more than 2,800 employees on its main campus and 10 outreach centers located throughout west central Florida. The system, founded in 1926 as a hospital primarily for young polio victims, has a patient mix that is 70% Medicaid.

John Commins is a senior editor with HealthLeaders Media.

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