Who We Are

UF Health is the Southeast’s most comprehensive academic health center.

Our determination drives us. We're problem solvers, working together to move medicine forward.

Our Journey

  1. 1923

    UF College of Pharmacy established.

  2. 1956

    The UF colleges of Medicine and Nursing established.

  3. 1958

    On Oct. 20, the
    400-bed UF
    Teaching Hospital opened.

    UF College of Public Health and Health Professions (current name) established.

  4. 1965

    UF developed Gatorade sports drink.

  5. 1967

    The Malcom Randall Veterans Affairs Medical Center (current name) opened and affiliated with UF.

  6. 1972

    The UF college of Dentistry established.

  7. 1976

    UF College of Veterinary Medicine established.

  8. 1983

    The state’s first Level I trauma center opened at UF Health Jacksonville.

    The ShandsCair emergency transport program began at UF Health Shands Hospital.

  9. 1985

    UF Health TraumaOne flight program started.

  10. 1999

    Shands Jacksonville was created when UF, Shands HealthCare, University Medical Center and Methodist Medical Center affiliated as one health care institution, becoming the Gainesville-based health system’s urban, North Florida campus.

  11. 2006

    UF Health Proton Therapy Institute opened.

  12. 2008

    The UF Clinical and Translational Science Institute opened.

  13. 2009

    UF Health Shands Cancer Hospital opened, with 192 private rooms and 12 operating rooms.

    The UF Health Shands E.R. and Level I trauma center opened in its new facility in Gainesville. The new E.R. and trauma center was the largest in the region and was designed upon opening to manage up to 100,000 cases per year.

  14. 2011

    The UF Health Shands Pediatric E.R. opened with its own entrance, 13 patient treatment rooms and two waiting rooms.

  15. 2014

    UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital got a significant makeover with a new family-centered entrance and lobby to welcome young guests and their loved ones.

  16. 2015

    The UF Health North medical office building opened.

    The Florida governor and Department of Health recognized the UF Health Cancer Center as a state-designated Cancer Center of Excellence.

    The George T. Harrell, M.D., Medical Education Building opened.

  17. 2016

    The UF Health Emergency Center at Kanapaha opened as our second freestanding, 911-receiving, 24/7 E.R.

  18. 2017

    Three new hospitals opened, the UF Health Heart & Vascular Hospital and the UF Health Neuromedicine Hospital in Gainesville and UF Health North in Jacksonville.

  19. 2018

    UF Health Shands hospitals and programs earned a fourth-consecutive Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the ultimate “gold standard” measure of nursing achievement.