Along with the College of Medicine – Jacksonville, the colleges of Nursing and Pharmacy also offer degree programs in Jacksonville, and the College of Pharmacy has an Orlando campus at the University of Florida Research and Academic Center at Lake Nona. The College of Dentistry has advanced educational programs in St. Petersburg, Naples and Hialeah. The College of Veterinary Medicine offers emergency services and acupuncture in Ocala and visits farms and ranches throughout the state, caring for animals where they live.
UF Health has experienced tremendous growth. Total revenue for the system grew from $2.6 billion to $3.8 billion over the past eight years, an increase of 44 percent. Clinical revenue accounted for more than 80 percent of the total. National Institutes of Health funding increased from $54 million to $155 million, a 287 percent increase at a time when the NIH budget was fairly flat. And, for the first time in its 61-year history, the College of Medicine’s annual research awards from the NIH eclipsed $100 million in 2017. Research growth has contributed to a rise in stature for our health colleges and for our teaching hospitals. UF Health attributes the growth to our balanced research portfolio and the university’s efforts to recruit and retain the best and the brightest in their fields.
Similarly, physician office visits by Gainesville-based faculty have almost doubled from fiscal year 2007 to fiscal year 2018, totaling 889,000 visits, an annual growth rate of almost 8 percent. Hospital admissions have also increased by 26 percent since 2011. Gainesville E.R. visits have more than doubled since 2007.
Physician office visits for Jacksonville-based faculty have increased nearly 23 percent from fiscal year 2007 to fiscal year 2018, totaling 649,892 visits, an annual growth rate of almost 2 percent. Hospital admissions have increased by 7 percent since 2011. Hospital outpatient and E.R. visits have increased nearly 51 percent since 2011. The faculty practice plan realized steady growth of 3 percent annually in the face of an incredibly competitive market.
The most visible sign of growth is through our facilities. Over the previous nine years, UF Health has added approximately 1.5 billion square feet of new space, including five hospitals, numerous outpatient facilities, research space and education space throughout our health campuses.
At UF Health Jacksonville, exponential growth has occurred across North Florida. The number of UF Health Jacksonville primary care practices in Florida and Southeast Georgia increased by 83 percent in less than a decade. The Center for Health Equity and Quality Research was established in 2008 as a collaboration with the Duval County Health Department to support research and education on health disparities, health equity and quality of health care, and continues its mission today. Facility growth continues in Jacksonville: The UF Health North medical office building opened in 2015, followed by UF Health North Hospital in 2017. The same year, the health system expanded rehabilitation services on Jacksonville’s Southside to a new, highly advanced 10,000-square-foot facility. And in 2018, the Jacksonville Aging Studies Center, or JAX-ASCENT, opened as a dedicated space for conducting NIH-sponsored clinical and behavioral translational research on aging. The UF Health Wildlight medical office building will open in late 2019 as part of the new Wildlight master-planned community.
Affiliated with UF Health, the Malcom Randall Veterans Affairs Medical Center, or VAMC, serves as a training ground for students at the colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Dentistry and Public Health and Health Professions. As well, faculty from the colleges of Medicine and Nursing who practice there are growing the body of knowledge that leads to improvements in health care and wellness for military service members, veterans and their families.
UF Health and the VAMC are committed to creating a new generation of doctors, medical schools and research facilities that collectively ensure our heroes receive the care worthy of their service, while meeting their unique health care needs, including treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.