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UF Health: Focused on Patient Care

UF Health: Focused on Patient Care

Our world-class faculty physicians and staff at UF Health serve patients from all
67 Florida counties, from throughout the nation and from more than a dozen countries each year.

The UF Health family of hospitals encompasses two major teaching hospitals, UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville and UF Health Jacksonville, each with a state-designated Level 1 trauma center and an emergency air and ground transport program serving neonatal, pediatric and adult patients.

UF Health Shands Hospital includes UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital and UF Health Shands Cancer Hospital. The system also includes two specialty hospitals in Gainesville: UF Health Shands Rehab Hospital and UF Health Shands Psychiatric Hospital. As well as UF Health Jacksonville, our sister hospital near Downtown Jacksonville and UF Health North, an outpatient medical complex and emergency center in North Jacksonville. UF Health has a network of outpatient rehabilitation centers, two home-health agencies and more than 100 physician practice locations throughout north central and northeast Florida. UF Health Shands owns a minority interest in four community hospitals in Lake City, Live Oak, Ocala and Starke.

In addition, a statewide presence exists through satellite medical, dental and nursing practices staffed by UF Health professionals and affiliations with community-based health care facilities stretching from Hialeah and Miami to Orlando and the Florida Panhandle. UF Health also is home to UF Veterinary Hospitals, which includes a small animal hospital and a large animal hospital.

Innovative New Research

UF Health is a world leader in interdisciplinary research. With nine major research centers and institutes, UF Health is focused on health issues of importance to Floridians. Clinical research is growing rapidly at our vibrant regional campus in Jacksonville. The UF Clinical and Translational Science Institute, the UF Diabetes Institute, the UF Emerging Pathogens Institute, the Evelyn F. and William L. McKnight Brain Institute of the University of Florida, the UF Genetics Institute, the UF Health Cancer Center, the UF Institute for Child Health Policy, the UF Institute on Aging and the UF Research and Academic Center at Lake Nona are designed to create collaborative research opportunities that follow the continuum from fundamental research to clinical research to patient care.

Dedicated to Education

From the time of the health center’s founding in 1956, we have operated as a single academic enterprise dedicated to training a variety of professionals and to introducing knowledge that will safeguard the health of Florida’s citizens. UF Health encompasses the Gainesville-based colleges of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health and Health Professions, and Veterinary Medicine; the UF Health Shands family of hospitals; UF Health Jacksonville medical center, UF Health North, and an academic campus in Jacksonville that offers graduate education programs in medicine, nursing and pharmacy. The colleges teach the full continuum of higher education, from undergraduates to professional students to advanced postdoctoral students. Together with clinical programs and services across all six colleges, UF Health is helping to create Florida’s future health care workforce.

A Note from the President

UF Health represents the shared vision and commitment to patient care excellence by more than 22,000 employees of the University of Florida, UF Health Shands and UF Health Jacksonville faculty and staff.

As you navigate the information in this section, we hope one thing is clear: Our patients are at the center of everything we do. It’s the reason we come to work every day. And it is a tremendous honor and a privilege to serve in this way.

As part of the University of Florida, we have an exceptional set of resources in health care services and the sciences, and an extraordinarily talented faculty and staff committed to the goal of making UF Health truly great across our missions of patient care, teaching, research and community service. We are unique nationally in the breadth of health-related colleges, centers and institutes present on our Gainesville campus, coupled with the strength of the UF Health Shands hospital system. Moreover, UF Health at Jacksonville offers an array of teaching and patient care opportunities, and a future that holds untapped potential to excel in clinical and translational research. In fact, our reach extends throughout the state — we serve patients from every county in Florida, and from throughout the Southeast and beyond.

At UF Health, we seek to extend to you a helping hand, for whatever reason you turn to us. We look forward to serving you.

David S. Guzick, M.D., Ph.D. Senior Vice President for Health Affairs, UF. President, UF Health.

Primary Care, Specialty Care and Convenient After-Hours Options

From sore throats to serious illnesses, UF Health is here to care for your family every step of the way. With 13 primary care locations across Gainesville and the surrounding areas, UF Health offers a continuum of care for you and your loved ones.

UF Health has over 1,300 providers in more than 100 specialties to care for you. Visit to learn more or to make an appointment. The benefits of being a UF Health patient include having convenient options when you are not feeling well:

After-hours Appointments

Since we know being sick doesn’t always happen between 8 a.m. and
5 p.m., we offer after-hours appointments for primary care, pediatrics and orthopaedics.

Primary Care After Hours

UF Health now offers after-hours adult primary care appointments six days a week for patients of UF Health Family Medicine, Internal Medicine and Senior Care practices. Open Monday through Friday, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Staffed by UF Health family medicine and internal medicine physicians and nurses. To schedule an appointment, call 352-265-1234. After 5 p.m., call 352-273-8613.

Pediatrics After Hours

UF Health Pediatrics After Hours is a collaborative effort with Gainesville-area community pediatricians and UF pediatricians, offering evening and weekend appointments for children with urgent primary care needs. Open Monday through Friday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. To schedule an appointment after hours, call 352-265-0724.


Immediate and after-hours appointments are available at UF Health ORTHOcare in the evening and on weekends. UF Health fellowship-trained musculoskeletal physicians provide fast, expert care for sprains, strains, minor breaks and X-rays. Walk-ins and call-ins welcome, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; or Sunday,
5 p.m. to 9 p.m. To schedule an appointment, call 352-265-BONE.

See Also


In addition to the services mentioned, the health colleges of the University of Florida play a significant role in the continuum of care, as outlined below.

1. Dental Care: UF Health’s dental centers perform all general and specialty dental care, for adults and children, in one location. Led by talented UF College of Dentistry providers, we offer the latest technologies in a professional learning environment. Call 352-273-7954 or visit Community Health Care in Archer: UF Health Archer Family Health Care offers high-quality adult, pediatric, psychiatric and women’s health. Care is provided by expert UF College of Nursing nurse practitioners and offers adult, pediatric, psychiatric and women’s prenatal health care. Call 352-495-2550 or visit

2. Community Health Care in Archer: UF Health Archer Family Health Care offers high-quality adult, pediatric, psychiatric and women’s health. Care is provided by expert UF College of Nursing nurse practitioners and offers adult, pediatric, psychiatric and women’s prenatal health care. Call 352-495-2550 or visit

UF Health Audiology – Park Avenue

3. Speech & Hearing Services: The UF Health Speech and Audiology Center, offered by the UF College of Public Health and Health Professions, provides a variety of services for children and adults at multiple Gainesville locations. Services include evaluation and treatment for hearing loss, tinnitus and issues with balance, speech, language, swallowing and voice disorders. Call 352-273-5555 or visit

4.Psychology Services: UF Health Psychology offers care for those with chronic pain or illness, stress, anxiety, depression and general mental health issues. In addition, the practice offers neuropsychological assessments, and for children, gifted assessments and treatment for learning disabilities and behavioral problems. Call 352-265-0294 or visit

5.Pharmacy: Clinical pharmacists in the UF College of Pharmacy work closely with physicians and other health care professionals in shared practice settings to provide high-quality patient care throughout UF Health Shands Hospital and in a variety of practices within the UF Health system. Pharmacists at all locations work closely with other health care providers to ensure optimal drug therapy and consult directly with patients to help them better understand their medications and address any questions or concerns. Visit

6.Veterinary Medicine: The UF Health Small Animal Hospital and Large Animal Hospital offer a wide range of veterinary specialty services, all staffed by UF College of Veterinary Medicine board-certified specialists, residents and interns, and supported by highly trained veterinary technicians. For more information, visit For appointments, call 352-392-2235 (small animals) or 352-392-2229 (large animals).

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