In 2011, All Children’s Hospital became the only U.S. hospital outside of the Baltimore/Washington D.C. metro area to join Johns Hopkins Medicine. With its new name, Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital completes its integration with the Johns Hopkins Health System forging a new path to improve the health of children in the southeast region and around the world.
“This historic moment honors our longstanding tradition in clinically based pediatric care, and connects our health care reputation to the globally recognized name reflected by the addition of Johns Hopkins,” said Jonathan Ellen, M.D., president and physician-in-chief at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital and vice dean and professor of pediatrics with the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. “Today we can proudly share that we have met the rigorous standard set forth by Johns Hopkins as well as satisfied our own due diligence as to our commitment to our like-minded missions and culture.”
We were founded in 1926 as the American Legion Hospital for Crippled Children to care for children with polio and other crippling disorders, without regard for race, creed or ability to pay. We have continued to grow for nine decades thanks to ongoing community support, dedicated employees and visionary leaders.
The hospital’s commitment to children’s health gained a new focus after the development of the polio vaccine. In 1967 we re-opened as All Children’s Hospital, dedicated to meeting a wide range of medical needs of infants, children and teens. Our name was inspired by a line from 20th century poet Carl Sandburg: “There is one child in all the world, and that child’s name is all children.”
Over the next few decades we continued to enhance our ability to care for the region’s most critically ill children, adding dozens of pediatric subspecialties, providing a wide range of developmental and rehabilitative services, and expanding our mission to serve patients through treatment, education, research and advocacy.
When we moved into a state-of-the-art new facility in January 2010, the discussions that led to our formally joining Johns Hopkins Medicine were well under way. In April 2011 we became a fully integrated member of the Johns Hopkins Health System. This month marks the fifth anniversary of this successful integration. During this time, we have forged a new path that unites our 90-year tradition of clinical excellence with innovation in care, discovery and education, always keeping the patient and family at the center of care.
This transformation defines us as a leader in children’s health care. We provide genuine care, offer the latest treatments and research new cures, always working to make care safer and cures achievable.
Now we can expand our world-class programs and lead collaborative care across the state of Florida. Now we can continue to recruit world-class physicians, nurses, researchers and scientists whose creative thinking will lead to advancements in care. Now we are Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, improving the health of children in our region and around the world.