ST. PETERSBURG — Johns Hopkins Medicine has named K. Alicia Schulhof as the new president of Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. She becomes the first woman to lead the pediatric hospital.
Schulhof was chosen after a national search for a new leader and her appointment was announced Thursday. She served as president of the Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis for the past year and has more than 17 years experience leading health care organizations, including Indiana University Health and HCA Healthcare, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine. She will start her new job July 26.
“Her stellar track record of health care leadership and her keen strategic vision make her an extraordinary choice to lead Florida’s finest children’s hospital,” said a statement from Lawrence Repar, chair of the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Board of Trustees. “Above all, her patient-centric approach ensures that Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital will continue our legacy of delivering hope and healing to our patients and their families.”
Schulhof is already familiar with Tampa Bay’s health care sector.
She has served as chief operating officer and ethics and compliance officer for Brandon Regional Hospital in addition to stints working at Northside Hospital and Tampa Bay Heart Institute in St. Petersburg.
“Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital is a beacon for hope and healing both regionally and around the country,” Schulhof in a statement. “I look forward to meeting the Tampa Bay community and helping the exceptional team of clinicians and staff at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital continue to shape the future of children’s health through research and clinical excellence.”
Schulhof will replace Thomas Kmetz, who served as interim president of the hospital following the 2018 resignation of its longtime president, Dr. Jonathan Ellen. He was one of several leadership changes in the wake of a 2018 Tampa Bay Times investigation that revealed a sharp rise in deaths and complications in the hospital’s heart surgery department.
Kmetz led the hospital as it conducted an investigation of its heart institute and guided its handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Times investigation found that at least eight hospital employees warned supervisors about problems with the program’s surgeries. But Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital’s leadership waited more than a year to address the unit’s issues. Three vice presidents and two surgeons also left the hospital and the chair of the surgery department stepped down.
U.S. News & World Report recently ranked Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in a tie for best pediatric hospital in Florida in its 2021-2022 rankings. Around 100 pediatric hospitals participate in the surveys used for the ranking.
“I am incredibly proud of the accomplishments we’ve made, from improving our culture of safety and quality, to the hospital serving as a critical resource for our community during the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.