UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital is recognized as one of the nation’s best hospitals for children, according to the 2021-22 U.S. News & World Report rankings. As a hospital-within-a- hospital on the UF Health Shands Hospital campus in Gainesville, Florida, we offer care in more than 20 pediatric specialties and house the area’s first pediatric emergency room. The hospital serves children in our community and throughout Florida and is a destination center for pediatric patients from all over the country and overseas who require specialized attention for complex medical problems. It represents the only quaternary care academic-based pediatric center in North Central Florida. Our faculty serve on several first-in-human clinical trials, including those that use novel approaches to stimulate immune responses against malignant brain tumor cells in combination with current standard treatments. In addition to the treatment provided at the children’s hospital and our outpatient pediatric specialty practices throughout North Central Florida, we also have four pediatric primary care locations in Gainesville and one in Ocala. This past year we expanded our telehealth capabilities, and we will continue to expand our regional outreach to make access to quality care more convenient for our patients.

UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital is ranked among the nation’s best in eight pediatric specialties and is recognized as the No. 1 children’s hospital in Florida for 2021-22, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Part of UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital, the UF Health Congenital Heart Center has established itself as a national leader in pediatric cardiology and heart surgery, which is ranked No. 7 in the nation and is the highest-ranked program of its kind in Florida. And, as part of the largest heart transplant program in Florida and one of the largest in the southeastern United States, the UF Health Congenital Heart Center continues to have outstanding outcomes and exceeds national survival rates.

66,111 Outpatient visits 

9,043 Inpatients treated

20+ Pediatric specialties

34,646  E.R. visits

13,495 Telehealth visits

8,425 Pediatric surgeries