UF Health Shands

UF Health Shands is recognized as Florida’s premier hospital system, thanks to our commitment to quality clinical care that yields outstanding outcomes and continually earns us national recognition. It is our privilege to offer distinguished, patient-centered care and build upon our role as the state’s premier provider of medical expertise and specialties.

UF Health’s Gainesville-based private, not-for-profit hospital system includes six unique hospitals:

  • UF Health Shands Hospital
  • UF Health Shands Cancer Hospital
  • UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital
  • UF Health Heart & Vascular Hospital
  • UF Health Neuromedicine Hospital
  • UF Health Psychiatric Hospital

UF Health Shands Hospital is also home to a state-designated Level I trauma center, capable of providing complete care for every aspect of injury. Our trauma surgeons and emergency medicine physicians are on-site 24/7, along with our specialists in orthopaedic surgery, neurosurgery, cardiothoracic surgery, vascular surgery, hand surgery, microvascular surgery, plastic surgery, obstetric and gynecologic surgery, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, oral and maxillofacial surgery, and urology. When there’s no time to waste, it’s best to have highly trained medical specialists across the hall instead of across town.

The hospital also offers patients the highest level of care available for premature and critically ill newborns with its renowned neonatal intensive care unit, as well as a regional burn center and an emergency air and ground transport program. A medical staff of more than 1,100 UF College of Medicine faculty and community physicians provides care in over 100 specialty and subspecialty medical areas, from primary care to highly specialized and complex care.

UF Health Shands Hospital has built relationships with affiliates throughout the state in services such as cancer, heart surgery, neurosurgery, pediatrics, pediatric cardiology, pediatric nephrology, vascular surgery and addiction medicine. The UF Health Rehab Hospital, a collaboration between UF Health and Select Medical, was recognized as the Best Physical Rehabilitation Center in Florida by Newsweek magazine in 2020. UF Health Shands Hospital also is affiliated with urgent care centers in Gainesville and Ocala and collaborates with other hospitals and health care providers to expand access to clinical programs and research and education efforts.

Our commitment to deliver the highest-quality, safest patient care possible is reflected in our clinical outcomes and the national recognition we consistently earn, with many of our programs ranked in the nation’s Top 50 best adult and children’s hospitals, according to U.S. News & World Report. Hospitality and service are hallmarks of our patients’ experience. Our engaged employees operate with the belief that we can make a positive impact with every interaction to create an environment where people feel acknowledged, understood, safe and valued.

At a glance (Fiscal Year 2020)

1,095 Licensed patient beds

116,574 E.R. and trauma visits

9,338 ShandsCair emergency air and ground transports

54,052 Admissions (excluding newborns)

10,675 Employees

1,100+ Medical staff physicians

UF Health Physicians

University of Florida Health Physicians, the large multispecialty faculty practice of the UF College of Medicine, offers access to more than 1,000 providers in over 100 specialties. UF Health has primary care locations throughout Gainesville, Ocala, Starke, Lake City and Old Town. In addition, outpatient specialty services are available across the region, bringing a multidisciplinary approach to care to residents throughout most of North Central Florida, the Panhandle and Central Florida.

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Clinical Programs of Distinction

At UF Health, our distinguished disciplines routinely work in concert, and we put the spotlight on these joint efforts because of the resounding impact they have on our patients’ well-being. These exceptional teams accomplish this through research, cross-college curricular development and promotion of faculty-hospital collaborations to align with clinical programs.

Awards & Recognitions

University of Florida Health Shands Hospital has been consistently recognized as the top hospital in Florida and among the best hospitals in the country.

World class care 

  • UF Health Shands Hospital ranked among the nation’s best in more specialties than any other hospital in Florida (six adult and eight pediatric specialties) in the 2021-22 U.S. News & World Report “Best Hospitals” survey. The highest rankings for the hospital came in urology; ear, nose & throat; pulmonology & lung surgery; geriatrics; gynecology; and cardiology & heart surgery. UF Health Shands Hospital also was listed as “high performing” in five specialties, including cancer; diabetes & endocrinology; gastroenterology & GI surgery; neurology & neurosurgery; and orthopedics.
  • The University of Florida Health Shands Children’s Hospital is ranked the No. 1 children’s hospital in Florida, one of the top five in the southeastern U.S., and among the nation’s best pediatric hospitals in eight medical specialties, according to the 2021-22 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings released by U.S. News & World Report: pediatric cardiology & heart surgery (7th), diabetes & endocrinology (12th), pulmonology (21st), cancer (45th), neurology & neurosurgery (45th), urology (46th), neonatology (47th) and nephrology (48th).
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ANCC Magnet designation

  • In summer 2018, UF Health Shands hospitals and programs achieved 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% of hospitals and health systems nationwide have received Magnet designation, and only 41 out of 500 hospitals have four consecutive awards. Each designation lasts four years. Since 2003, several UF Health hospitals and programs have earned Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Best Employer Honors 

  • UF Health ranks No. 53 on the Forbes list of Florida’s 100 best workplaces and No. 31 in the nation for female workers. The statewide Forbes list is based on surveys of more than 80,000 people who worked for companies with at least 500 employees. The surveys were conducted between October 2020 and June 2021. The Forbes list of best workplaces for women surveyed 50,000 people, including 30,000 women, at companies with at least 1,000 employees.
  • UF Health Shands Hospital was included in Indeed’s list of the 2019 Top-Rated Workplaces for hospitals, which recognizes the 25 “Best Hospitals” in the U.S. We are No. 20.

Top Hospital Honors 

  • In 2020, UF Health Shands Hospital was listed among the Becker’s Healthcare list of 100 Great Hospitals in America. The organizations included are nationally recognized for excellence in clinical care, patient outcomes and staff and physician satisfaction, as well as patient satisfaction and industry innovation.
  • UF Health Shands Hospital was named to the 2020 Fortune/IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals list, the only health system in the southeastern U.S. in the “major teaching hospital” division of the Fortune/IBM Watson Health top 100 list. Hospitals on that list had better results on a wide array of indicators, including mortality, length of stay, patient experience, clinical outcomes and infections.

Lung transplant program receives top national honors 

The UF Health Shands Hospital lung transplant program tops the list as the best in the United States for one-year, risk-adjusted survival rates, according to the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients, or SRTR.

SRTR annually evaluates transplant programs around the country for metrics whose importance to transplant candidates are intuitive: how many reach the one-year post-transplant survival mark, how quickly they can get a transplant, and survival rates while on the wait list.

Cancer Center of Excellence 

In 2021, the UF Health Cancer Center was once again recognized as a state-designated Cancer Center of Excellence by the Florida governor’s office and the Florida Department of Health. The designation by the Florida Legislature recognizes hospitals and treatment centers that demonstrate excellence in patient-centered coordinated care for people undergoing cancer treatment and chemotherapy.

This is the Cancer Center’s third consecutive designation.

Greening the OR Recognition Award 

In recognition for its achievement and innovation in health care sustainability, UF Health Shands Hospital received the 2020 Greenhealth Partner for Change Award and the 2020 Greening the OR Recognition Award from Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in health care.

AACN Beacon Awards for Excellence 

UF Health Shands Hospital currently has three nursing care units with active Beacon Awards for Excellence issued by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses: the Pediatric ICU (gold), the Trauma/Lung Transplant Unit (gold) and the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (silver).

A Beacon Award — recognized at a gold, silver or bronze level — is a three-year designation that recognizes nursing teams that meet national criteria consistent with Magnet recognition by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and the National Quality Healthcare Award. The award identifies individual nursing units that promote healthy work environments conducive to collaboration, and collect and use evidence-based research to improve patient outcomes, patient and staff satisfaction and credibility. Beacon Award criteria include leadership structures and systems; appropriate staffing and staff engagement; effective communication, knowledge management, learning and development; and evidence-based practices and processes.

Best Physical Rehabilitation Center in Florida 

The UF Health Rehab Hospital, an alliance between Select Medical and UF Health, was recognized as the Best Physical Rehabilitation Center in Florida by Newsweek magazine, which partnered with the global market research firm Statista Inc. in its first ranking of the country’s top facilities for rehabilitation care.

Newsweek’s rankings were based on quality of care, service, follow-up care, accommodations and amenities relative to in-state competition. The rankings list the top facilities in the 20 states with the highest number of physical rehabilitation centers, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.