FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
New VP, Government and Community Affairs, Joins Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital
St. Petersburg, Fla. – March 6, 2017 – Kimberly Berfield, a former deputy secretary of the Florida Department of Health and state representative from Clearwater, has been appointed vice president, government and community affairs for Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital. The move will strengthen the 90-year-old hospital’s community outreach as well as increase its visibility in Tallahassee's corridors of influence.
"Kimberly is a proven leader, coalition builder, and long-range strategist who will spearhead our community mission-based initiatives. Her addition stretches our capacity to fulfill our mission of providing child health through treatment, education, advocacy, and research, locally and beyond,” said Jonathan Ellen, M.D., Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital president and vice dean. "Due to Kimberly's invaluable experience and expertise in both the private and public sectors, she hit the ground running when she joined our team on February 20."
Following her work for the State of Florida, the high-achieving Berfield served as Business Strategy and Development Contractor for the Florida branch of Primerica and Director, Government Affairs, for Tampa-based Wellcare Health Plans. Her duties included developing and implementing multi-year business plans, building and maintaining collaborative relationships and providing strategic counsel in the government relations arena.
St. Petersburg-based Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital offers a wide variety of community programs and classes designed to promote child health and safety through education, injury prevention, advocacy and research. These initiatives, which include Safe Kids, Healthy Start, Fit4Allkids and Safe Routes to School, will benefit from Berfield's track record as a collaborative leader in the community, Ellen noted.
About Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital
Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg is a leader in children’s health care, combining a legacy of compassionate care focused solely on children since 1926 with the innovation and experience of one of the world’s leading health care systems. The 259-bed teaching hospital, ranked as a U.S. News & World Report Best Children’s Hospital, stands at the forefront of discovery, leading innovative research to cure and prevent childhood diseases while training the next generation of pediatric experts. With a network of Johns Hopkins All Children’s Outpatient Care centers and collaborative care provided by All Children’s Specialty Physicians at regional hospitals, Johns Hopkins All Children’s brings care closer to home. Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital consistently keeps the patient and family at the center of care while continuing to expand its mission in treatment, research, education and advocacy. For more information, visit HopkinsAllChildrens.org.