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All Children’s President & CEO Gary Carnes Announces Retirement
Physician-In-Chief & Vice Dean Jonathan Ellen, M.D. Named Interim President

Jan. 19, 2012 (St. Petersburg, FL) After a leadership tenure of fifteen years, Gary A. Carnes will be retiring as president and CEO of All Children’s Hospital, with an anticipated effective date of February 29, 2012.

“All Children’s Hospital is poised to realize its long-held vision of becoming a national and international leader in pediatric treatment, education and research, thanks in large part to the tireless efforts of Gary Carnes,” says Jack Kirkland, Chairman of the Board of All Children’s Hospital. “He has brought us to a seminal moment in the transformation of All Children’s into a leading academic medical center for pediatrics, and our challenge now is to find a leader to build on our momentum as we move toward this shared goal.”

Under Mr. Carnes’ leadership, All Children’s Hospital extended its reach throughout the state of Florida and the Southeast, forged world-class alliances, built a state-of-the-art pediatric hospital and outpatient facility, assembled a top-notch multispecialty physician group, and became a recognized center for innovation and excellence in pediatric treatment, education, research and advocacy.  His tenure marked a momentous period in All Children’s 86-year history, with the decision to build over 1-million square feet of new space devoted to children’s care, the addition of more than one thousand employees and the construction of four outreach locations that increased All Children’s physical presence to eleven locations in eight West Central Florida counties. Mr. Carnes also developed a vision for the Hospital’s future that inspired and ultimately resulted in the integration of All Children’s Hospital into Johns Hopkins Medicine – the first hospital outside of the Baltimore/Washington D.C. region to achieve status as a full member of Johns Hopkins Health System.

Jonathan Ellen, M.D., current Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine vice dean for All Children’s Hospital and All Children’s Hospital physician-in-chief, will serve as interim president until a permanent president is named. “Dr. Ellen has significant experience in successfully leading mission-centered pediatric healthcare at both Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and most recently at All Children’s Hospital. Over the past two years, Dr. Ellen has become a familiar face on All Children’s St. Petersburg campus. The insights he has gained from interaction with physicians, staff, potential collaborative partners and the community overall will help to shape our strategy moving forward toward our shared vision of All Children’s as a top-notch pediatric academic medical center.  His demonstrated commitment to research and education, and his focus on community benefit, will be tremendous assets as we move through greater integration across the Hopkins family,” says Edward Miller, M.D., dean and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine.

“All Children’s unwavering commitment to the community and patients it serves, and its vision for the advancement of pediatric education, research and treatment, make it a valued part of the Hopkins family,” states Ronald R. Peterson, president, Johns Hopkins Health System and EVP, Johns Hopkins Medicine. “Gary Carnes has helped grow that vision, laying the groundwork for the advancement of pediatric medicine as a whole.”

All Children’s Hospital is the only hospital on Florida’s West Coast totally devoted to the care of children. All Children's opened its new inpatient hospital and adjacent outpatient care center in January 2010.  As a referral center for children All Children's draws patients from throughout Florida, all 50 states and 36 foreign countries.