Brian Cook
President & CEO, North Florida Regional Healthcare

As a Gainesville resident, you may be in the know of a few things: We’re the largest city in the county; we birth some of the biggest football fans in the state; and we offer true excellence in health care. At North Florida Regional Medical Center, we’re proud to be a significant part of the latter. Our organization is a 432-bed, full-service, medical and surgical acute care center, which serves 14 counties in North Central Florida.

We’re leading the way in North Central Florida with advanced procedures and minimally invasive surgery, robotic surgery, cardiovascular care, orthopedics and cancer care. It is our commitment and dedication that drive us to consistently prioritize upgrades to practices and make significant investments in cutting-edge healthcare technology such as MAKOplasty, the latest da Vinci XI robotic system and the Cyberknife, among others. With the most amount of cases in the region, we are a leader in North Central Florida with a large-volume robotics program where expert physicians are committed to excellent outcomes in a safe environment on which patients rely. These advanced-technology procedures make way for less pain, smaller incisions, less time in the hospital and less time away from home and work.

Another great North Florida Regional specialty lies within its neurosciences. With the help of recently-acquired, innovative equipment, we are now able to provide higher-level care for stroke victims. Our surgeons can now precisely inject clot-busting medicine that minimizes the effects of a stroke, saving patients and enabling them to enjoy active lives. Furthermore, with the recent addition of one of the top cardiovascular surgeons in the US, we are now able to operate on some of the sickest cardiovascular patients through the minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedure, as an alternative to riskier open-heart surgeries. The expanding staff family at North Florida Regional has also helped Gainesville families to expand; with over 26 years of experience in excellent OB-GYN services, we delivered more than half of the babies born in the Gainesville area in 2016.

With the shortest wait times in the area, we’re perhaps best known for our commitment to fast, quality care in our emergency room, and we have completed an expansion that adds a dedicated pediatric ER to our emergency services. Working with our network of support staff, we’re able to handle emergencies on a 24/7 basis. In addition to specialty care and emergency services, we provide primary medical care through Gainesville Family Physicians, Gainesville Internal Medicine Physicians and our senior healthcare centers.

We strive to continuously monitor and improve upon the care we provide, a component that is evident in the recognition we’ve received. North Florida Regional is certified as a comprehensive stroke center and is Gainesville’s first accredited chest pain center. It is designated as a Blue Distinction Center for knee and hip replacement, spine surgery and weight loss surgery. Our commitment to exceptional outcomes has been recognized by the Joint Commission five consecutive years as a Top Quality Performer. Our employees are truly focused on patient care and our mission of exceeding the expectations of those whom we serve.

For the past 43 years, North Florida Regional has been focused on enriching the community through dedicated, compassionate extraordinary health care — a tradition that we promise to keep. We invite you to visit our website at to learn more about what we can do to help keep your family healthy. As part of the Gainesville community, we have a legacy to uphold. Therefore, we strive to provide the best healthcare possible every single day, because it’s what we want for our families, and it’s what every person in our community deserves.

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