Carroll Hospital Center president

Leslie Simmons, right, has been named president of Carroll Hospital Center effective July 1 succeeding John Sernulka. Sernulka has announced he will retire in 2015. (Courtesy Carroll Hospital Center / June 4, 2013)

The Carroll Hospital Center Board of Directors voted unanimously Tuesday to name Leslie Simmons president of the hospital, effective July 1.

Simmons currently serves as the hospital's executive vice president and chief operating officer.

"The board is delighted that we have such a talented leader in Leslie, who has grown in the organization over the last 14 years," chairman of the board of directors Ethan Seidel said in a statement. "She will continue the hospital's tradition of strong leadership and a family-like culture that is focused on providing high quality, compassionate care."

Simmons' appointment is the next step in the succession process developed by the board of directors to transition administrative leadership positions in anticipation of the 2015 retirement of current president and CEO John M Sernulka, according to a hospital news release.

A leader in the hospital for 14 years, Simmons is credited with being instrumental in driving the center's outstanding achievements in quality with a focus on accountability and transparency.

Simmons, a Westminster resident, has nursing degrees from Anne Arundel Community College and the College of Notre Dame of Maryland. She also holds a master's degree in management administration from Notre Dame.

Sernulka will continue to lead the hospital as CEO, with a focus on future strategies and a commitment to the hospital's vision of being the best place to work, practice medicine and receive care, according to the release.

Under Sernulka's leadership, the hospital has nearly tripled in size, expanded its outpatient facilities throughout the county and introduced state-of-the-art technology.