UF Health Shands

1600 SW Archer Road
Gainesville, FL 32610
(352) 265-0441
(352) 265-0441


University of Florida Health, the Southeast’s most comprehensive academic health center, which encompasses our hospitals, physician practices, colleges, centers, institutes, programs and services across northeast and north-central Florida.

UF Health represents the shared vision and commitment to patient care excellence of more than 22,000 employees of the University of Florida Health Science Center and UF Health Shands health care system.

As part of the University of Florida, we have an exceptional set of resources in health care services and the sciences, and an extraordinarily talented faculty and staff committed to the goal of making UF Health truly great across our missions of patient care, teaching, research and community service. We are unique nationally in the breadth of health-related colleges, centers and institutes present on our Gainesville campus, coupled with the strength of the UF Health Shands hospital system. Moreover, UF Health at Jacksonville offers an array of teaching and patient care opportunities, and a future that holds untapped potential to excel in clinical and translational research. In fact, our reach extends throughout the state — we serve patients from every county in Florida, and from throughout the Southeast and beyond.
At UF Health, we not only are providing high-quality care, we also are making daily discoveries that will lead to the scientific advances of tomorrow, and are training the next generation of health care providers.


Since 2003, several UF Health hospitals and programs have earned “Magnet” designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center : UF Health Shands Hospital, including UF Health Shands Cancer Hospital, UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital and UF Health Shands HomeCare; UF Health Shands Rehab Hospital; UF Health Shands Psychiatric Hospital; UF Health Florida Surgical Center; UF Health Children’s Surgical Center; UF Health Endoscopy Center; and UF Health Dialysis Center.

In fall 2013, UF Health Shands hospitals and programs achieved a third-consecutive Magnet designation. UF Health Jacksonville received this honor in 2011. Each designation lasts four years. Magnet designation is the nursing profession’s most prestigious honor for exceeding standards in quality patient care and nursing excellence. Only about 400 hospitals worldwide, and less than 7 percent of U.S. hospitals, have achieved Magnet designation.

UF Health Shands Hospital consistently earns top-50 rankings in the U.S. News & World Report America’s Best Hospitals report. In the 2014-15 report, it was recognized in three specialties: nephrology (25th nationally); cardiology and heart surgery (41st nationally); and pulmonology (47th nationally).

UF Health Shands Children's Hospital was recognized among the nation’s best in seven medical specialties in the 2014-15 U.S. News Best Children’s Hospitals rankings: diabetes and endocrinology (14th nationally), which ranked highest in the state; cardiology and heart surgery (27th nationally); gastroenterology and GI surgery (34th nationally); pulmonology (35th nationally); neonatology (36th nationally); nephrology (41st nationally)and cancer (41st nationally), which is ranked highest in the state.

UF Health Shands Hospital and UF Health Jacksonville are each designated as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Agency for Health Care Administration; and each is certified as a Primary Stroke Center with the Gold Seal of Approval™ by The Joint Commission. Both hospitals are recipients of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold (UF Health Jacksonville Gold Plus) Performance Achievement Award. UF Health Shands Hospital received the Target: Stroke Honor Roll — an elevated distinction for quality outcomes — and has received a 5-star rating for stroke care from Healthgrades.

The Florida Nurses Association awarded the nursing program at UF Health Shands Hospital — including UF Health Shands Psychiatric Hospital and UF Health Shands Rehab Hospital — with the 2011 Frances Smith Award for Promotion of Clinical Excellence in the Workplace for supporting clinical excellence and fostering an environment that encourages participation in conferences, recognition events, education and mentor programs.