UF Health Jacksonville

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UF Health Jacksonville
University of Florida Health
Location 655 West 8th Street, Jacksonville, FL 32209, Jacksonville, Florida, United States
Coordinates 30°20′49″N 81°39′49″W / 30.3470°N 81.6635°W / 30.3470; -81.6635Coordinates: 30°20′49″N 81°39′49″W / 30.3470°N 81.6635°W / 30.3470; -81.6635
Care system Private
Funding Non-profit hospital
Hospital type Teaching
Affiliated university University of Florida
Network UF Health
Emergency department Level I trauma center
Beds 695
Helipad Yes
Founded 1999
Website http://ufhealthjax.org
Lists Hospitals in Florida

UF Health Jacksonville is a teaching hospital and medical system of the University of Florida in Jacksonville, Florida, United States. Part of the larger University of Florida Health system, it includes the UF Health Jacksonville hospital, UF Health North hospital, associated clinics, and is the Jacksonville campus of UF's Health Science Center.[1] Together with UF Health Shands Hospital, UF Health Jacksonville (formerly Shands Jacksonville) is one of two academic hospitals in the UF Health system, and serves 19 counties in Florida and several in Georgia.

The downtown campus is home to North Florida's Level I trauma center and, in 2006, became home to one of the nation's few proton therapy treatment facilities. Through its association with the University of Florida, it offers classes and degrees through the university's College of Medicine, College of Nursing, and College of Pharmacy.


Now known as Shands Jacksonville Medical Center, the hospital was created in 1999 when Gainesville-based Shands HealthCare purchased two adjacent medical facilities in Jacksonville -- University Medical Center and Methodist Medical Center. The lineage of the hospital can be traced back to 1870 when Jacksonville's first hospital and Florida's first non-military hospital, Duval Hospital and Asylum, was established at the corner of Jessie and Franklin Streets in downtown Jacksonville.

  • 1901 - George A. Brewster Hospital and School of Nurse Training, which later became Methodist Hospital, opened to care for victims of the Great Fire of 1901 [2]
  • 1926 - Duval Hospital and Asylum renamed to Duval County Hospital
  • 1948 - Duval County Hospital became Duval Medical Center (DMC), called the "nation's oldest publicly supported hospital" [3]
  • 1963 - Florida Legislature created the Duval County Hospital Authority to facilitate the construction of a new hospital and manage DMC
  • 1964 - Duval County medical and governmental leaders successfully lobbied for the passage of a $20 million bond issue. Planning began for a new hospital to double the existing facility
  • 1966 - Brewster Hospital and School of Nurse Training closed
  • 1967 - Brewster Hospital moved to Jefferson and Eighth Street, the current location of Shands Jacksonville, and reopened as the not-for-profit Methodist Hospital
  • 1971 - DMC moved to a new eight-story, $27 million, 485-bed, state-of-the-art medical facility across the street from Methodist Hospital and changed its name to University Hospital [4]
  • 1982 - University Hospital became a private, not-for-profit facility and contracted with the city of Jacksonville to provide care for the uninsured
  • 1983 - University Hospital opened the first Level I trauma center in Florida
  • 1985 – University Hospital was designated an affiliate of the University of Florida. TraumaOne, their helicopter ambulance service, began operations
  • 1988 – Methodist Hospital was renamed Methodist Medical Center(MMC) - University Hospital was designated the Jacksonville campus for the UF Health Science Center
  • 1989 – University Hospital was renamed University Medical Center (UMC)
  • 1999 - UMC and MMC were purchased by Shands HealthCare and merged to become Shands Jacksonville Medical Center
  • 2006 - The University of Florida opened the UF Proton Therapy Institute on the Shands Jacksonville campus [5]
  • 2011 - Shands Jacksonville received Magnet® recognition by the American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • 2013 - Shands Jacksonville Medical Center was renamed UF Health Jacksonville
  • 2015 - UF Health Jacksonville opened an outpatient medical complex in North Jacksonville, UF Health North, which includes an emergency room, midwife-led birth center, surgery, imaging, cath lab, rehabilitation and other outpatient services
  • 2017 - A 92-bed hospital tower is opened at UF Health North [6]

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