University of Florida Health

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University of Florida Health
Private (not-for-profit)
Industry Health care
Founded 1958
Headquarters Gainesville, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Area served
Northeast Florida, North Central Florida
Key people
David S. Guzick, M.D., Ph.D. - President
Daniel R. Wilson, M.D., Ph.D. - Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Services tertiary level clinical care
cancer centers
community medical facilities
pediatrics care
psychiatric care
Revenue Increase120 million USD (FY 2012)[1]
Number of employees
22,000 (2013) [2]
Divisions Patient Care

University of Florida Health (UF Health) is a medical network associated with the University of Florida. It includes two academic hospitals – UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville and UF Health Jacksonville in Jacksonville – and several other hospitals and facilities in North Florida. It used to be known as Shands Healthcare and UF&Shands.[3] The network was named to the U.S. News & World Report's 2015 list of the nation's top 50 hospitals.[4]


William A. Shands was a Florida state Senator, elected from the 32nd District in the mid-1940s. Shands was recruited to the effort to create a teaching hospital in the Gainesville area, though he at first considered that a larger city might be a better site, and was instrumental in obtaining state funding. In 1956, the University of Florida Colleges of Medicine and Nursing opened; in 1958, the UF Teaching Hospital followed. It was renamed in 1965 to recognize Shands's efforts to W. A. Shands Teaching Hospital and Clinics.[5] The institution later became Shands Hospital, part of the Shands HealthCare network.

In 1969, the UF College of Medicine established a satellite campus in Jacksonville at Duval Medical Center; this was renamed University Hospital in 1971. In 1999, both University Hospital and another Jacksonville hospital, Methodist Medical Center, were merged into Shands HealthCare as Shands Jacksonville, which included a hospital, associated clinics and the university campus. The complex was renamed UF Health at Jacksonville in 2013, with the hospital itself being named UF Health Jacksonville.[3]

The UF network purchased Alachua General Hospital in east Gainesville from Santa Fe Health Care in 1996, changing the name to Shands AGH. Prior to being purchased by Santa Fe in 1983, AGH was owned by the county.[6] On Nov. 1, 2009, Shands HealthCare closed Shands AGH due to budget cuts.[7] The system simultaneously opened a cancer hospital south of its main location on the UF campus.

The network was renamed University of Florida Health in May 2013.[3]


The Gainesville campus of Miller Health Science Center

The following tertiary facilities represent the core of UF Health's academic, teaching, trauma, specialty and research-related hospitals. With campuses in Gainesville and Jacksonville, UF Health includes six health colleges, six research institutes, two teaching hospitals, two specialty hospitals, a community hospital, and a host of physician medical practices and outpatient services throughout north central and northeast Florida.

Health Science Center Gainesville[edit]

Located at UF's main campus, the center encompasses six health colleges, six research institutes, two specialty hospitals and a teaching hospital. UF Health Cancer Center, Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Emerging Pathogens Institute, Genetics Institute, Institute on Aging and McKnight Brain Institute.

HSC Colleges (Gainesville)
College of Dentistry
College of Public Health and Health Professions
College of Medicine
College of Nursing
College of Pharmacy
College of Veterinary Medicine

Health Science Center Jacksonville[edit]

Jacksonville is home to a large and important regional campus of UF Health, including three colleges, the UF Proton Therapy Institute, and the UF Health Jacksonville and UF Health North hospitals.

HSC Colleges (Jacksonville)
College of Medicine
College of Nursing
College of Pharmacy

Other facilities[edit]

  • UF Health Shands Rehab Hospital
  • UF Health Florida Recovery Center
  • UF Health Shands Psychiatric Hospital

Shands Healthcare sold its community hospitals (Shands Lake Shore, Shands Live Oak, and Shands Starke) on July 1, 2010, to Health Management Associates.


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