ST. PETERSBURG — All Children's Hospital is searching for a new leader.
Gary A. Carnes, the hospital's president and CEO, announced his retirement late Thursday. He has led All Children's for the past 15 years. He will stay through next month.
The hospital underwent several changes under Carnes' tenure, including a multi-million dollar expansion and the merger with the Johns Hopkins Health System.
"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," Jack Kirkland, chairman of the hospital's board of trustees, said in a news release issued Thursday evening.
Carnes could not be reached for comment. Board members did not return requests for comment.
The leadership change comes at a crucial time for All Children's, which is among the state's hospitals facing the largest cuts in Medicaid funding in Gov. Rick Scott's budget proposal.
Officials announced early last year that All Children's, already nationally ranked in cancer and cardiology, would become part of the prestigious Johns Hopkins Health System, widely viewed as the country's No. 1 hospital.
At the time, officials said they didn't anticipate a change in leadership and day-to-day operations.
Dr. Jonathan Ellen, who became All Children's physician-in-chief when it merged with Johns Hopkins and who is the vice dean for Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, will serve as interim president.
Carnes' last day will be Feb. 29.
Times staff writer Richard Martin contributed to this report. Kameel Stanley can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (727) 893-8643.