As the demand grows for the world-class medical services provided by UF Health’s network of hospitals and practices, so too does the size of the UF Health family. Since mid-2019, UF Health has seen a number of ambitious projects come to fruition in Gainesville. Among them: A
UF Health The Oaks has opened in the former Sears store in the Oaks Mall on West Newberry Road. The 139,000-square-foot former retail establishment was completely reimagined and now offers ophthalmology, otolaryngology and audiology services. Physicians from those practices will be able to perform many procedures on-site in the new UF Health Surgical Center – The Oaks, a $24 million, 23,500-square-foot radiology and outpatient surgery center.
UF Health Shands completed a $30 million renovation of its unit for patients requiring care for burn injuries, severe skin disorders, specialized treatment after reconstructive surgery and difficult or chronic wounds. The 34,000-square-foot Unit 2425 has 27 rooms, including space for bariatric patients, four hydrotherapy beds and respiratory therapy areas.
February 2020 saw the opening of the new UF Health Center for Autism and Neurodevelopment. The 15,000-square-foot center near UF Health’s Springhill medical complex on Northwest 89th Boulevard is a multidisciplinary facility that provides specialized care and resources for children and adults with neurodevelopmental disorders and to their families.
To address the growing public health threat of substance use disorders, the UF Health Florida Recovery Center has expanded to provide more space for patient care, group activities and faculty workspaces. The 9,000-square-foot building on Southwest 13th Street was renovated at a cost of more than $13 million.
UF Health Shands has completed work on the 173-room Hotel ELEO at the University of Florida, which provides convenient, high-quality accommodations for visiting outpatients, relatives of hospitalized patients and other guests. The six-story, 124,000-square-foot facility is within walking distance or shuttle service of all nearby UF Health hospitals.