UF Health Jacksonville’s origins date to 1870 as Florida’s first non-military hospital, known then as Duval Hospital. Since those early days, it has combined its strengths with the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville and now offers residents in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia all the benefits of a comprehensive academic health center.
- UF primary care physicians and pediatricians located in more than 30 practices in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia
- Level III neonatal intensive care unit
- One of three Poison Information Centers in Florida
- UF Health TraumaOne, the state’s first and region’s only Level I trauma center
- UF Health Proton Therapy Institute for advanced cancer treatment located on campus
UF Health Jacksonville opened a second campus in Jacksonville in 2015. UF Health North is a state-of-the-art medical complex that features a 28-bed emergency room, an outpatient surgery center, advanced imaging services and numerous physician offices. A 92-bed hospital opened two years later and is the only full-service hospital in North Jacksonville.
At a glance (Fiscal Year 2021)
University of Florida Jacksonville Physicians Inc. is a network of more than 60 primary care and specialty practices that offer first-rate care from the more than 400 UF faculty physicians based in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia. The network includes more than two dozen primary care practices throughout Duval County, with additional locations in Baker, Clay, Nassau and St. Johns counties in Florida, as well as Camden County in Georgia.
“We strive to heal, to comfort, to educate and to discover through quality health care, elimination of health disparities, medical education, innovation and research.”
Clinical Programs of Distinction
UF Health Jacksonville’s clinical programs of distinction offer integrated multidisciplinary care, medical and community education, and clinical research.
The UF Health Neuroscience Institute in Jacksonville brings together a team of highly skilled neurologists and neurosurgeons who provide comprehensive care for patients suffering from diseases of the brain, spinal cord and nervous system, including brain tumors, aneurysms, epilepsy, movement disorders, multiple sclerosis, neuromuscular disease, sleep disorders, stroke and spinal disease, and injury. The largest integrated neuromedicine practice in Northeast Florida, it is also one of the most advanced, with most faculty having completed fellowship training in subspecialty fields.
UF Health Jacksonville is renowned for treating patients with complex diseases and being on the forefront of advancing the science of interventional cardiology. The UF Health Cardiovascular Center in Jacksonville offers fully integrated, comprehensive heart programs, including a coronary interventional program, nuclear program, electrophysiology program, noninvasive program and peripheral interventional program.
At the UF Health Cancer Center, multidisciplinary teams of surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and other cancer specialists work together using the latest diagnostic and therapeutic innovations to optimize cancer treatment outcomes. Additionally, the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute offers patients with certain cancers leading-edge treatment with minimal side effects.
When UF Health TraumaOne began in 1983, it was the first trauma program in Florida. Today, it is still the only adult and pediatric Level I trauma program in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia, with more than 4,000 patients treated annually. In 2018, TraumaOne received official verification from the American College of Surgeons, a distinction given only to trauma centers that meet the most stringent criteria. TraumaOne integrates a Level I trauma center, a three-helicopter aeromedical transport service, and professional and community trauma prevention and education programs.
UF Health Proton Therapy Institute
Located on the UF Health Jacksonville downtown campus, the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute, which opened in 2006, is one of few facilities in the U.S. equipped to use protons to treat more than 20 types of cancer. Proton therapy greatly reduces damage to surrounding tissue, which is a significant improvement over traditional radiation therapy. Since opening, the institute has treated more than 9,500 patients from Florida, the U.S. and 33 countries. Of the 38 operational proton centers in the U.S., the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute is one of only 10 facilities to earn the American College of Radiology seal of accreditation, representing the highest level of quality and patient safety.
UF Health Wildlight
The UF Health Wildlight medical office building opened in 2019 as part of the new Wildlight master-planned community in Nassau County. The building houses dentistry, family medicine, imaging, lab services, mental health services, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics and an urgent care center. UF Health Rehabilitation opened a year later in the heart of the Wildlight community, offering physical, occupational and speech therapy for adults and children.
Awards & Recognitions
U.S. News & World Report
UF Health Jacksonville has been recognized as a high-performing hospital in nine specialties, procedures and conditions in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals rankings for 2021-22, including earning a top 50 national ranking. UF Health Jacksonville was ranked 39th in the country in the ear, nose and throat specialty — an area of service supported by UF Health’s otolaryngology and oral and maxillofacial surgery departments. In addition, the organization was recognized for high performance in the specialty of urology, and in the patient care procedures/conditions of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, as well as diabetes, heart attack, heart failure, kidney failure, pneumonia and stroke.
In 2021, UF Health Jacksonville earned its third consecutive Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, an honor that signifies the organization’s continuing commitment to exceptional nursing practice and offering patients the highest quality care possible.
Community Impact Award
In 2020, UF Health Jacksonville was singled out for its focus on providing outstanding care during the COVID-19 pandemic, receiving an inaugural “Community Impact Award” from the Jacksonville Business Journal. UF Health Jacksonville was selected for its ingenuity, thoughtfulness and sense of community service demonstrated during the pandemic. UF Health, assisted by the UF College of Medicine – Jacksonville, specifically focused on underserved parts of the community, providing free COVID-19 tests to residents who could not take part in other testing offered throughout the city, whether due to health conditions, lack of transportation or other obstacles.
Human Rights Campaign Foundation LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader
UF Health Jacksonville was recognized in 2020 as an LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation in its annual Healthcare Equality Index, or HEI, report. This is the second year in a row that the organization has not only received the honor, but also achieved a perfect score. The HEI evaluates and scores health care facilities’ policies and practices related to equity and inclusion of their LGBTQ patients, visitors and employees across the nation. UF Health Jacksonville, which in 2019 became the first hospital in Northeast Florida to receive the designation, earned the maximum score in each category and a total score of 100 points.
Platinum Performance Achievement Award
UF Health Jacksonville earned the American College of Cardiology’s National Cardiovascular Data Registry Chest Pain – MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2021. It is one of only 212 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor. To receive the Chest Pain – MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award, hospitals must demonstrate sustained achievement in the Chest Pain – MI Registry for two consecutive years (2019 and 2020) and perform at the highest level for specific performance measures. Full participation in the registry engages hospitals in a robust quality improvement process using data to drive improvements in adherence to guidelines and overall quality of care provided to heart attack patients.
National Accreditation for Exceptional Cancer Treatment
UF Health Jacksonville was awarded a three-year accreditation from the Commission on Cancer, a quality program of the American College of Surgeons, in the summer of 2021. To earn the accreditation, the cancer program met 34 quality care standards that focus on excellence in the delivery of comprehensive patient-centered care. The Commission on Cancer singled out UF Health Jacksonville for taking a multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer as a complex group of diseases that requires consultation among surgeons, medical, radiation and diagnostic oncologists, pathologists and other cancer specialists. A goal of this collaboration is to achieve better outcomes for the patient.
Beacon Award for Excellence
UF Health Jacksonville’s neonatal intensive care unit, or NICU, earned the prestigious Silver Beacon Award for Excellence by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. It was just one of three NICUs in the state to receive the Beacon distinction in 2020. The AACN created the Beacon Award to recognize individual units within hospitals that distinguish themselves by improving patient care and exemplifying excellence in professional practice, patient care and patient outcomes.