ST. PETERSBURG (FOX 13) - All Children's Hospital/Johns Hopkins Medicine has been taking a test the past five years and now we know it passed - changing its name officially to Johns Hopkins All Chidren's Hospital.
"Name means everything," hospital president Dr. Jonathan Ellen told FOX 13 News. "It's a brand just like Apple's a brand. Johns Hopkins is a number one brand in health care, and you don't want to dilute the brand by putting your name on anything that doesn't stand up to that level of care."
Johns Hopkins took control of All Children's in April 2011. Ellen said the past five years were spent restructuring hospital operations, installing new management and launching plans for a new research and education building.
Big Bosses in Baltimore, the center of Johns Hopkins Medicine, closely monitored the incremental progress.
"And they determined that the level of care that we provide in this hospital is Johns Hopkins quality care," Ellen explained.
Mayor Rick Kriseman noted the bragging rights that come with the new name.
"Outside of Baltimore and D.C., that name isn't anywhere else in the country except here in St. Petersburg," he said, before noting the importance of the research aspect. "To have the name 'Johns Hopkins' affiliated with the research that's going to take place there, and to know... our kids are going to really be the beneficiaries of that research, their health, their future, as the mayor I don't think there's anything better."
That level of care matters most to parents, such as Catalina Anderson, whose three year old daughter Sophia was treated for an unusually pervasive form of cancer.
"Five years ago, children with this disease wouldn't make it," Anderson said, crediting the hospital with beating Sophia's cancer while extending courtesies and kindness. "From telling us exactly step-by-step what we were going to be doing, just informing us and making us feel safe."
Like most of the hospital's patients, Sophia's access to world-class medical care was simply a matter of living nearby. However, more than 300 research studies, more than half of those clinical trials, have been generated from St. Petersburg the past five years. That knowledge is shared world wide.