St. Pete's All Children's Hospital To Join Johns Hopkins, Increase Research

All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg has signed a letter of intent with John Hopkins Medicine to join the John Hopkins Health Care System. All Children's hopes to be a fully integrated member of the network by the end of 2010.

The integration will provide research opportunities for All Children's. "John Hopkins is a world renowned research facility," says Gary Carnes, All Children's president and CEO. "We will use their research protocol to develop our own research programs."

According to Carnes, cancer will probably be the initial focus of research. "Hopkins is probably best known for its research on cancers throughout all organs in the body," he says. "We have a large pediatric cancer department and are affiliated with Moffitt Cancer Center so  we will probably be working with cancer research in the areas of hematology and oncology in concert with John Hopkins and Moffitt."

There are other educational opportunities as well. According to Carnes, All Children's plans to use its affiliation with John Hopkins to train new physicians. We're talking about jointly building a research and education building," he says. "We hope to educate future physicians here at the All Children's campus, too," he says.

In 2010, All Children's completed and moved into a brand new $403 million state-of-the-art facility in downtown St. Petersburg's medical district. It features a nine-story, 259-bed hospital; a 250,000-square-feet outpatient care center as well as a 97-bed neonatal intensive care unit, an obstetrics unit and nursery, 12 operating suites, a cardiovascular ICU and a Cancer and Blood Disorders Center.

Writer: Missy Kavanaugh
Source: Gary Carnes, All Children's Hospital
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