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Carroll Hospital Center CEO to retire

John M. Sernulka, CEO of Carroll Hospital Center, plans to retire July 1 after 26 years at the facility, according to the hospital's board chairman. Leslie Simmons, hospital president, will become CEO.

Sernulka is credited with implementing state-of-the-art technology to the hospital, which also has nearly tripled in size during his tenure. He's also added satellite facilities in the county, where the hospital is the second largest employer, and has opened inpatient hospice care and offered more services to low-income patients.

Some hospital departments have also formed partnerships with other hospitals' specialists to offer new or improved services. And Sernulka has also recently said the independent, 193-bed hospital was exploring new hospital partners or even a merger with another facility or system to become more efficient and generate more revenue as the landscape changes under health care reform.

"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," said Ethan A. Seidel, the board chairman.

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