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Thursday, June 05, 2014 - Carroll Hospital Center CEO John Sernulka Retiring after 26 Years of Service

CONTACT: Selena Brewer, 410-871-7121

Westminster, Md. – (June 5, 2014) — Carroll Hospital Center Board of Directors Chairman Ethan A. Seidel, Ph.D., announced today that Chief Executive Officer John M. Sernulka, FACHE, will retire on July 1 after 26 years with the organization. Sernulka leaves the hospital in good hands and can be proud of the extensive list of accomplishments achieved during his tenure.

Sernulka’s retirement marks the final transition of leadership to Leslie Simmons, R.N., FACHE, who assumes the president and chief executive officer responsibilities at Carroll Hospital Center on July 1. 

“The board could not be more delighted to have enjoyed as talented a leader as John Sernulka. Because of John, the hospital delivers the highest quality of care, is acclaimed for its customer service and is in top financial shape,” Seidel said.

Under Sernulka’s leadership, Carroll Hospital Center has implemented state-of-the-art technology and developed sophisticated clinical service lines and centers of excellence. He modernized and nearly tripled the size of the medical facility by building new inpatient towers, new operating suites and an emergency department that is the envy of other organizations. His many milestones and career highlights include expanding satellite health care services throughout the county; building an inpatient hospice facility; creating The Partnership for a Healthier Carroll County, Inc., in conjunction with the Carroll County Health Department; developing Access Carroll, an integrated medical practice for low income residents of Carroll County; and organizing Carroll Health Group, a multi-specialty practice group of top-notch primary and specialty care providers.

Additionally, Sernulka effected significant growth in philanthropy to the Carroll Hospital Center Foundation, where he served as president. In his 26 years, nearly $60 million has been donated by community members, local businesses, foundations and major corporations, and a $13 million Endowment Fund for the future was established.

His leadership has guided the hospital through the difficult landscape of rapid health care reform, but he always maintained a forward vision that emphasized a caring culture of delivering quality health care to the Carroll County community. With Sernulka at the helm, the hospital has been recognized for numerous awards, including being rated number one in Maryland for Overall Hospital Care and in the top 10 percent in the nation by CareChex®, a national rating organization, for the past three years.

Simmons will build upon the solid foundation laid by Sernulka. Her focus on future strategies and a commitment to the hospital’s vision of being the best place to work, practice medicine and receive care — embodied in the hospital’s Vision 2020 — will help her lead Carroll Hospital Center’s future of patient-centered care and uncompromising commitment to high performance. “The board can hardly imagine a more qualified or able successor than Leslie Simmons, who has developed her strong leadership style in the organization over the past 15 years,” Seidel said.

Simmons will continue to work with board leadership in an effort to make certain the hospital has the facilities, physicians, services and staff needed to meet its mission in the future and who share the organization’s sense of culture, community and commitment to high quality care.

Carroll Hospital Center is a nonprofit, acute care facility offering the latest in medical technology, experienced medical professionals in a variety of specialties and a continuum of programs and services to meet the needs of the community.

Photo caption: Carroll Hospital Center Chief Executive Officer John M. Sernulka, FACHE, to retire July 1.