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Why Greater Gainesville?

Why Greater Gainesville?

Ed Jimenez
Chief Executive Officer, UF Health Shands

Gainesville is one of the nation’s great university towns: Incredible educational and cultural resources make this a special and rewarding place to put down roots, raise your family, build your career and enjoy a fantastic quality of living.

And when it comes to your health, UF Health is here to support you in living your best life.

UF Health is the Southeast’s most comprehensive “academic health center” — meaning it’s the largest and most inclusive health care organization of its kind in the region. Usually, you don’t find this level of world-class health care outside a major metropolitan area. Our combined resources here in Gainesville alone now include a major teaching hospital and medical center and six specialty hospitals, an extensive network of physician-led outpatient practices, six health science colleges and educational programs and eight research institutes.

When it comes to patient care, we’re continually expanding services in new locations to make them more accessible and convenient for the community. Our doctors and health teams offer the full range of primary and specialty care as well as several 911-receiving ERs and the area’s only Level 1 trauma center. With a dedicated children’s teaching hospital, pediatric ER and neonatal emergency transport team, we serve the tiniest newborns as well as children and teens – and we’ll take care of you through adulthood and into your senior years. We are here to support individuals and families with preventive care as well as those facing the most complex medical conditions.

Our UF College of Medicine faculty physicians, leaders in their fields, work alongside the best nurses and clinical and support teams. We have all this incredible medical and health care right here in our community.

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Patients rely on elite teaching hospitals like ours for care that cannot be accessed elsewhere. Each year, multiple UF Health medical services are consistently named among the nation’s Top 50 in the annual U.S. News & World Report Best Adult and Children’s Hospitals rankings. And our nursing teams recently earned a fourth consecutive Magnet designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center — the profession’s top recognition for quality patient outcomes and nursing excellence. Only 8 percent of hospitals and health systems nationwide have received Magnet designation, and only 41 out of 500 hospitals have been awarded four times in a row.

Throughout the state, we collaborate with other hospitals and health systems to provide even better care, connect with our communities locally and beyond and take health care resources where people need them. Each year, UF Health serves patients from all 67 Florida counties, from throughout the Southeast and the nation, as well as several other countries. We have become a major health care destination and resource.

Our highly skilled doctors, nurses, therapists, techs and support teams are dedicated to making a positive impact in people’s lives. It’s an honor to take care of our community.

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