All Children’s Hospital and USF land transfer paves way for new research facility

St. Petersburg,FL (June 25, 2014) — The University of South Florida completed a transfer of 1.4 acres of land to All Children’s Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine, a move that symbolizes the long-term, shared commitment to continuing the training of the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine medical students. The land — donated by the state to USF in April — was transferred yesterday by USF as a gift to All Children’s Hospital. The property will be used to develop a research, education and training facility to support innovations in pediatric care and expand the future collaborative efforts of the two organizations.

The transferred land is adjacent to the existing Children’s Research Institute, located at 601 Fourth Street South, and the All Children’s Hospital Outpatient Care Center. The state-of-the-art facility built there will create construction jobs and permanent positions for faculty and staff, focused on making new discoveries and finding treatments for childhood diseases.

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The new research and education space will complement the existing Children’s Research Institute (pictured here), where USF Health endowed professors have collaborated with All Children’s Hospital for more than 14 years.

In addition, the space will promote an interdisciplinary learning environment to enhance training of physicians in the USF Health and the All Children’s Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine pediatric residency programs, as well as strengthen the education of USF Health medical students, health sciences undergraduate and graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows.

“Thanks to support from Governor Rick Scott, the Florida Cabinet and legislative leaders, All Children’s Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine and USF Health can continue their focus on improving patient care through research, education and innovation,” said Jonathan Ellen, M.D., president and physician in chief at All Children’s Hospital and professor of pediatrics and vice dean, All Children’s Hospital at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. “This collaboration shows the sustained commitment of both organizations to provide the best training for USF Health medical students and all our residents and strengthen the USF Health pediatric residency program affiliation with All Children’s Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine.”

Governor Rick Scott said, “The transfer of the two acres of land to the University of South Florida and All Children’s Hospital will serve Florida families and open up opportunities to increase joint research, improve patient care, and enable the hospital to create jobs. As a father and grandfather, I know how important it is to meet the health care needs of our children. I look forward to seeing the continued success of All Children’s Hospital and USF as they care for our youngest patients.”

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“The University of South Florida is pleased to transfer this land to All Children’s Hospital and looks forward to the development of a new, state-of-the-art medical research facility there,” said USF President Judy Genshaft. “We are excited about the economic development and health care impact that this project will have in St. Petersburg and the Tampa Bay region, especially for the youngest members of our community. We remain committed to partnering with All Children’s Hospital on projects like these that can improve health outcomes and quality of care, and we thank Governor Scott, the Florida Cabinet and our legislative leaders for their support for this critical initiative.”

“This new research and education space will complement our existing Children’s Research Institute, where USF Health endowed professors have successfully collaborated with All Children’s Hospital for more than 14 years, ” said Charles Lockwood, M.D., senior vice president for USF Health and dean of the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine. “We look forward to working with All Children’s Hospital to conduct joint research, with an emphasis on finding cures for childhood diseases. Together we are committed to translating our laboratory discoveries and advanced clinical knowledge into safe, cost-effective treatments to improve the health of all our children.”

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About All Children’s Hospital
All Children’s Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine located in St. Petersburg, is the most advanced children’s hospital on Florida’s west coast and a U.S. News & World Report Best Children’s Hospital, ranking in the top 50 in three specialty areas. With over 50 pediatric specialties and 259 beds, All Children’s is dedicated to advancing children’s health through treatment, research, education and advocacy. Programs that include a Clinical and Translational Research Organization, pediatric biorepository and a new pediatric residency program are driving innovation in personalized pediatric medicine and child health. A network of 10 outpatient care centers in eight counties along with affiliate programs at regional hospitals makes All Children’s a leading provider of care for Florida’s children.

About USF Health
USF Health’s mission is to envision and implement the future of health. It is the partnership of the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine, the College of Nursing, the College of Public Health, the College of Pharmacy, the School of Biomedical Sciences and the School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences; and the USF Physician’s Group. The University of South Florida is a Top 50 research university in total research expenditures among both public and private institutions nationwide, according to the National Science Foundation. For more information, visit www.health.usf.edu