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More About Area Hospitals – 2018

More About Area Hospitals – 2018

Greater Gainesville is fortunate to rank higher than the national average in the medical/health care index of quality of life indicators. At the helm are eight top-notch hospitals, and in support are over 228 specialty offices ranging from women’s health to pediatrics to optometry.


Malcom Randall VA Medical Center

The Malcom Randall VA Medical Center (VAMC) is one of two medical centers in the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. The Malcom Randall VAMC provides a full range of comprehensive health care, including: primary care, specialty care, tertiary care and long term care. For a full list, visit

The Malcom Randall VAMC is located in Gainesville, Florida, on the south side of Archer Road, approximately three miles east of Interstate 75 (Exit 384), directly across the street from Shands at the University of Florida.



North Florida Regional Medical Center

As Gainesville’s community hospital, North Florida Regional Medical Center (NFRMC) has continued to expand in order for more people to have access to the quality, award-winning care NFRMC consistently delivers. Over the past few years, North Florida Regional has undergone several expansions and is now a 432-bed, full-service medical and surgical acute care center serving residents throughout North Central Florida.

NFRMC is a part of North Florida Regional Healthcare, a health care system that also includes a number of other outstanding medical programs dedicated to quality healing. Those programs include the Heart & Vascular Center, Cancer Center, Women’s Center, Robotics Center, Invision Imaging, Obesity Center for Surgery & Treatment, Neuroscience Center, Diabetes Center, Endoscopy Center, Sleep Disorders Center, Wound Therapy and Hyperbarics and now the Behavioral Health Center, as well as primary medical care that includes Gainesville Family Physicians, Gainesville Internal Medicine Physicians and the Senior Healthcare Centers.

The new Pediatric ER at North Florida Regional Medical Center includes five pediatric medical/surgical beds and related support space, and is staffed with dedicated pediatric ER physicians and nurses. In addition to a full staff of board-certified pediatricians, the Pediatric ER offers pediatric-friendly rooms and pediatric-specific beds.


Select Specialty Hospital

Select Specialty Hospital-Gainesville is a 50,000-square-foot, 44-bed private hospital that includes a six-bed ICU unit as well as four rooms with negative pressure capabilities and a surgical suite. The rooms and units offer state-of-the-art design features and equipment that creates an environment conducive to healing, according to the hospital’s website. The hospital was named a 2012 and 2013 Quality Respiratory Care Institute by the American Association for Respiratory Care.

The facility is operated by Select Specialty Hospital, a division of Select Medical, which consists of over 100 long-term acute care hospitals located in 43 states, operating under the names of Select Specialty Hospitals and Regency Hospitals.




NFRMC at a Glance

–           432-Bed Acute Care

–           24-Hour Emergency Services

–           Dedicated Pediatric ER

–           Accredited Cancer Program

–           Accredited Stroke Program

–           Accredited Chest Pain Center

–           Cardiovascular Program

–           da Vinci® Surgical Systems for Minimally Invasive Surgery

–           Imaging Services

–           Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

–           Neuroscience and Stroke Program

–           Orthopedic and Spine Surgery

–           Wound Therapy & Hyperbaric Services

Source: North Florida Regional Healthcare’s 2015 Community Report and Hospital Corporation of America’s 2016 North Florida Division Community Report


UF Health Shands Hospital

Established in 1958, UF Health Shands Hospital is a 973-bed general medical and surgical facility with 41,669 admissions in the most recent year reported, according to U.S. News and World Report’s 2015-2016 Best Hospital Rankings.

Nearly 900 expert UF College of Medicine and community physicians along with more than 9,000 skilled UF Health Shands nursing and support staff provide comprehensive high quality patient care, from primary care and family medicine to subspecialty tertiary and quaternary services for patients with highly complex medical conditions.

The faculty from the UF College of Medicine includes nationally and internationally recognized physicians whose expertise is supported by intensive research activities. UF Health Shands’ affiliation with the UF Health Science Center allows patients to benefit from the latest medical knowledge and technology.

UF Health Shands Hospital has been recognized among the nation’s best hospitals in seven adult medical specialties and as one of the best hospitals in Florida.



UF Health Shands Hospital at a Glance

– 24-Hour Emergency Services

– Includes UF Health Shands Cancer Hospital and UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital

– Approximately 900 UF faculty physicians practice in about 100 specialty and subspecialty medical areas

– Areas of excellence in cancer specialties, heart care, women

and children’s services, neuromedicine specialties and

transplant services

– State-designated Level I Trauma Center that treats more than 2,000 patients a year

– Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

– Operates one of Florida’s four regional burn centers

– ShandsCair provides emergency ground and air transport for patients and includes a special flight team for neonatal transports


Best Hospital Rankings

UF Health Shands Hospital

In U.S. News & World Report’s 2015-16 Best Hospital rankings,

UF Health Shands Hospital was among the nation’s best in

seven specialties:

  • Cancer (46th)
  • Cardiology and heart surgery (42nd)
  • Diabetes & Endocrinology (28th)
  • Nephrology (13th)
  • Neurology & Neurosurgery (40th)
  • Pulmonology (29th)
  • Urology (37th)


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Other Awards and Recognitions

– Designated as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Agency for Health Care Administration

– Certified as a Primary Stroke Center with the Gold Seal of Approval™ by The Joint Commission

– Received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Performance Achievement Award

– Awarded 2012 Silver Medal of Honor by the US Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Health Resource and Services Administration (HRSA)


UF Health Shands Cancer Hospital

UF Health Shands Cancer Hospital opened in November 2009. The 500,000-square-foot facility includes 192 licensed beds for a wide variety of patients, including those receiving diagnostic and therapeutic oncology services. Located across Archer Road from UF Health Shands Hospital, the facility offers advanced resources for a wide range of oncology, surgery, critical care and emergency/trauma patients.

The hospital also features the Marshall M. and Paula P. Criser, Jr. Cancer Resource Center, designed to promote patient education and wellness. Patients and families can stay connected to family and friends through computers with free internet access, and find up-to-date information about treatment, recovery and how to cope with bereavement. For more information, call 352-733-0881. For a list of programs and events, stop by the center on the first floor of the hospital.



UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital

UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital is a hospital within a hospital on the UF Health Shands campus where UF physicians treat patients from throughout Florida and all over the U.S. The UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital represents the only quaternary-care academic pediatric center in North Florida. UF physicians offer some of the most specialized pediatric programs for the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of complex conditions. The hospital has 167 beds, including fully equipped pediatric and neonatal intensive care units.

UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital is part of the Children’s Miracle Network’s alliance of premier hospitals for children and a member of the Children’s Hospital Association, formerly known as the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions. UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital was recognized among the nation’s best in nine medical specialties in the 2016-17 U.S. News Best Children’s Hospitals rankings.


UF Health Shands Psychiatric Hospital

Formerly known as Shands Vista, UF Health Shands Psychiatric Hospital is located on a private, picturesque, 18-acre campus that offers comfort and serenity to people in crisis.

The 81-bed facility provides a full range of confidential, effective services including treatment for addiction, memory disorders, anxiety, depression, bi-polar disorders, eating disorders and a wide range of other conditions. Established in 1987, the hospital consists of a child/adolescent unit, an adult inpatient addiction unit, two adult inpatient psychiatric units and a geriatric psychiatry unit.

The hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission and has a magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The nursing profession’s most prestigious honor, magnet status is achieved by less than one percent of the nation’s acute-care hospitals.



UF Health Shands Rehab Hospital

Established in 1987, UF Health Shands Rehab Hospital is a 40-bed acute rehab hospital for patients who have suffered strokes, traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, amputations, burns or major joint replacements. The hospital brings together a multi-disciplinary team of UF and community physicians specially trained in physical medicine and rehabilitation, Shands therapists, nurses and other healthcare professionals, all dedicated to helping people improve the quality of their lives while dealing with major traumas, injuries or diseases.

The hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission and is one of only 10 rehabilitation centers in the state designated by the Florida Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Program as a brain and spinal cord injury rehabilitation center.



Best Hospital Rankings

UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital

In U.S. News & World Report’s 2015-16 Best Hospital rankings UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital was among the nation’s best in nine specialties:

  • Diabetes and Endocrinology (18th)
  • Cancer (22nd)
  • Neonatology (23rd)
  • Cardiology and Heart Surgery (24th)
  • Pulmonology (27th)
  • Nephrology (32nd)
  • Gastroenterology and GI surgery (40th)
  • Urology (40th)
  • Neurology and neurosurgery (46th)

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