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UF Health: Exceptional Patient Care

UF Health: Exceptional Patient Care

University of Florida Health Provides Exceptional Patient Care


UF Health, the Southeast’s premier academic health center, continues to grow its research and patient care presence in Gainesville and throughout the state. As part of the University of Florida, one of the nation’s Top 5 public research universities, we offer health care that combines innovative research with the latest clinical advances provided by outstanding providers and staff throughout our network of hospitals and physician offices. Our focus is compassionate care and world-class outcomes for everyone, no matter how simple or complex the illness.

Nurse practitioner with Archer Family Health Care provides patient care.

Now, UF Health’s exceptional patient care will be available to more patients than ever. In June 2023, the UF Health Cancer Center earned National Cancer Institute (NCI) designation for cancer care, becoming just one of 72 cancer centers nationally to receive the recognition. This significant milestone was achieved due to the institution’s positive impacts on patients, the community and the significant advances in research and discovery. NCI designation is a prestigious recognition granted only to select cancer centers in the United States that meet rigorous criteria for excellence in innovative treatments and clinical trials.


Earlier this year, UF Health broke ground on a new urgent care center for East Gainesville. The center, scheduled to open in mid-2024, will feature eight examination rooms, two procedure rooms,

arriving at the doctor’s office

an X-ray area and a community room. It is expected to be open seven days a week and will offer evening hours.


UF Health also launched the first of its fleet of mobile stroke treatment units. This specialized ambulance is equipped to speed diagnosis and treatment during the early stages of a stroke. Several units will be deployed throughout the state.


UF Health, in collaboration with the University of Florida, opened a new and expanded Student Health Care Center to meet the health care needs of UF students. Further expansion includes new operating rooms at UF Health Shands Hospital, creating more access to routine and advanced surgical care.


Providing care to the community also includes a significant economic benefit, with new job opportunities available locally. UF Health opened a new sterile processing center, expected to create more full-time jobs in the future.



UF Health’s Gainesville-based private, not-for-profit hospital system includes seven unique local hospitals:

UF Health Shands Hospital
UF Health Shands Cancer Hospital
UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital

UF Health Heart & Vascular Hospital

UF Health Neuromedicine Hospital
UF Health Psychiatric Hospital

UF Health Rehab Hospital (operated in affiliation with Select Medical)


UF Health Shands Hospital is home to a Level I trauma center, which provides complete care for even the most serious injuries. Our trauma surgeons and emergency medicine physicians are on-site 24/7, along with specialists in cardiothoracic surgery, hand surgery, microvascular surgery, neurosurgery, obstetrics and gynecology, ophthalmology, orthopaedic surgery, oral and maxillofacial surgery, otolaryngology, plastic surgery, urology and vascular surgery.

Additionally, the hospital offers a regional burn center and an emergency air and ground transport program.

Top-rated programs

UF Health Neuromedicine includes one of the largest complements of leading-edge neurologists and neurosurgeons in the country. This dedicated group, among the nation’s leaders in research funding from the National Institutes of Health, seeks innovative treatments to nervous disorders. Areas of emphasis include degenerative diseases such Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease, comprehensive stroke treatment, complex spine care and brain cancer treatment.

UF Health Heart & Vascular has been leading the way for heart care in the state for decades. From performing Florida’s first cardiac catheterization and open-heart surgeries in the 1950s to delivering the world’s first combined heart and bone marrow stem cell therapy in 2016, our program leads the way in heart care. Further, our congenital heart center and pediatric heart transplant program are the basis for UF Health having one of the nation’s top 50 pediatric cardiology programs.

Our UF Health Cancer Center offers comprehensive care, including minimally invasive surgery, robotic surgery and radiotherapy. UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital is among the nation’s best children’s hospitals. Overall, UF Health Shands Hospital is ranked among the nation’s best hospitals for 10 adult and pediatric medical specialties.

UF Health is also home to a liver transplant program with the highest one-year liver graft survival in the United States, according to the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients. At nearly 99%, the program’s success rate outpaces the national survival rate of almost 92%.

Our Level 1 UF Health Shands Trauma Center transports patients using a fixed-wing aircraft, five helicopters and six ground ambulances. ShandsCair operates around the clock to bring critically ill patients to UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville.

UF Academic Health Center

Primary Care, Specialty Care, ERs, & Urgent Care & After Hours

From sore throats to serious illnesses, UF Health’s more than 1,500 providers with expertise in more than 100 specialties can help. Visit

Emergency Care

UF Health Shands E.R./Trauma Center, 1515 SW Archer Road, 352.733.0111

UF Health Shands Pediatric E.R., 1600 SW Archer Road, 352.265.5437

UF Health Shands Emergency Center – Springhill, 8475 NW 39th Ave., 352.627.0400

UF Health Emergency Center – Kanapaha, 7405 SW Archer Road, 352.627.0500


CareSpot Urgent Care (affiliated with UF Health)

Midtown, 720 SW Second Ave., Suite 160A, 352.240.8000

43rd Street, 3925 NW 43rd St., 352.371.1777

See Also

Archer Road, 3581 SW Archer Road, Suite 40, 352.888.4449


Pediatrics After Hours

UF Health Pediatrics After Hours offers evening and weekend appointments for children with urgent needs. If you’re a patient receiving care from a participating Gainesville pediatrician, come see us at 1699 SW 16th Ave., Building A. Appointments available weekdays 5-10 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 9 p.m. and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Appointments: 352.265.0724.




UF Health ORTHOcare’s physicians treat sprains, strains and minor breaks and offer X-rays. Walk-ins or appointments are welcome. 3450 Hull Road. Weekdays 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Sunday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Appointments: 352.273.7929.

For your furry friends

UF Small Animal Hospital

The UF Small Animal Hospital offers medical and surgical care for dogs, cats, birds and exotic pets. Sophisticated diagnostic imaging, modern surgical suites, an intensive care unit and more are used to diagnose and treat complex diseases. Our veterinarians are among the nation’s best, and most importantly, they hold every pet’s well-being as their top priority.


UF Large Animal Hospital

The UF Large Animal Hospital was built in 1994 to provide advanced diagnostics and veterinary care to horses, cattle, alpacas, llamas, goats, pigs and other large farm or food animals. The hospital serves as the clinical teaching environment for tomorrow’s veterinarians.


The past year also brought the opening of an animal hospital at the World Equestrian Center in Ocala to care for dogs, cats and horses from nearby and around the world.



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