Within a span of 62.4 square miles, you have access to world-renowned health care services in Greater Gainesville. Gainesville is home to eight award-winning hospitals and over 220 specialty offices — many of which focus exclusively on pediatric health. Pediatric patients in Gainesville can utilize services ranging from surgery and psychiatry to genetics and hematology and oncology.
Home to the 2nd Largest Children’s Hospital in Florida
The only comprehensive pediatric facility in North Central Florida, UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital was nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s best hospitals for children in six medical specialties for 2017-18. The hospital was also the highest ranked hospital in Florida for pediatric cancer. In 2016, the hospital’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit nursing team won a gold Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. A Beacon Award is a three-year designation recognizing nursing units that meet stringent criteria consistent with other well-respected honors.
A Pediatric Community That Cares
Gainesville also prides itself on providing care to pediatric patients and their families through charities such as the Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Central Florida. The 31-room Ronald McDonald House in Gainesville provides comfort for families with sick children by providing a place to stay and rest, both in and out of the hospital. The program is built on the simple idea that nothing else should matter when a family is focused on the health of their child. There is also a Ronald McDonald House Family Room located on the 10th floor of UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital, a special place for families to rest and regroup within the walls of the hospital, just steps away from their child’s bedside.
SWAG, or South West Advocacy Group, is an organization located in the Tower Road area that connects families to services and resources in the community. Their goal is to protect vulnerable children and to support families. The SWAG clinic offers services ranging from family planning and clinical care to immunizations and pediatric services.
Dedicated Pediatric ER
North Florida Regional Medical Center has a dedicated pediatric ER, ready to provide emergency care for children from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. NFRMC also has over 20 doctors on staff who specialize in pediatrics.
The pediatricians in Gainesville are as excellent as the hospitals themselves. In 2013, Dr. David Weinstein, a pediatrician at UF Health Shands, was awarded the Order of the Smile Award, an international humanitarian award.
UF Shands Children’s Hospital Awards
- Ranked in U.S. News and World Report’s Best Pediatric Hospitals in six specialities:
– #21 in Pediatric Cardiology & Heart Surgery
– #23 in Pediatric Diabetes & Endocrinology
– #33 in Pediatric Pulmonology
– #46 in Pediatric Cancer
– #48 in Neonatology
– #49 in Pediatric Pulmonology
- Gold Beacon Award for Excellence in Pediatrics from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses in 2016
Additional Pediatric Resources
- Healthy Families: Healthy Families Florida is a nationally accredited family support and coaching program that helps parents provide the safe and stable environments children need for healthy growth and development. Parents voluntarily participate in services provided in their homes. Specially trained support workers help them improve their parenting skills and achieve goals that increase family stability and self-sufficiency. (352) 294-5523 healthyfamiliesfla.org
- Healthy Start of North Central Florida: Provides universal risk screening of all Florida’s pregnant women and newborn infants to identify those at risk for poor birth, health and developmental outcomes. Free services to pregnant women and babies, up to age 3. (352) 313-6500 healthystartncf.org