Class Community Health Care
Gainesville residents have access to world class,
professional medical care. Patients across the nation
have sought medical care at Gainesville health care
facilities. Alachua County is known as one of the
premier health care centers in the Southeast, with four
major hospitals and more than 1,800 patient beds. With
its more than 1,200 physicians, Alachua County boasts
the highest number of physicians per capita in Florida.
Major medical centers include North Florida Regional
Medical Center, Shands Hospital at UF, Shands at AGH and
the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Each has areas of
expertise outstanding in the region. It is also home to
the University of Florida Health Science Center, the
most comprehensive academic medical center in the
In addition to the major hospitals, Alachua
County has a number of independent birthing centers,
dialysis, ambulatory care and surgery centers, nursing
homes and adult congregate living facilities.
health care industry in Gainesville is the second
largest employer (the University of Florida is the
largest) with more than 15,000 employees and a medical
services industry payroll of over $440 million.
Gainesville’s medical community has the most modern
facilities and skilled practitioners available in the
country, drawing patients for treatment from all of the
southern states and many states nationwide.
International patients have sought medical care at
Gainesville facilities, attracted by the worldwide
reputation of the excellent physicians and programs
available at the medical centers in the area.
Florida Regional Medical Center
is a 278-bed
hospital and medical park with more than 400 physicians
on staff that offers over 40 different specialties
including comprehensive programs in areas such as
women’s health, senior health services, cancer, heart
disease, diabetes and neuromusculoskeletal diseases such
as arthritis, osteoporosis and stroke. Since being
founded by a group of physicians in 1972, NFRMC has
provided the community with high quality, cost-effective
healthcare. Today, North Florida Regional is a
full-service medical and surgical acute care referral
center serving 14 counties. It houses the Women’s
Center, a 100,000 square-foot, five story building which
includes a major diagnostic center, an outpatient
women’s and children’s surgical center, obstetrics
center and physicians’ offices. Also contained at North
Florida are Request Physical Therapy and the Wound Care
Center. North Florida Regional was chosen as one of the
Top 100 Hospitals in America for six years - one of only
nine hospitals in the country to do so according to an
annual study of nearly 4,000 hospitals by HICA Inc. and
Mercer Management Consulting. NFRMC is distinguished as
being the first hospital in the United States to receive
full JCAHO accreditation during its first full year of
Gainesville Sun readers voted it the area's "Best
Hospital" in 1994 and 1995. In 1995, "Child" magazine
named the maternity unit at NFRMC as one of the Top 10
in the nation. Today, North Florida Regional is
committed to providing integrated healthcare services
that meet or exceed the needs and expectations of those
they serve throughout the 14 surrounding counties. Its
vision includes caring people, outstanding service and
HealthCare encompasses six acute care hospitals, two
specialty hospitals, the largest hospital-owned homecare
company in the Southeast and UF clinic operations.
Shands is part of the Southeast's most comprehensive
academic medical center, the University of Florida
Health Science Center, which includes the Colleges of
Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Health
Professions, and Veterinary Medicine. More than 400
physicians practice at Shands.
Shands at UF is
one of the premier health systems in the Southeast.
Shands at UF is committed to delivering essential care to
residents living in the local communities it serves;
offering advanced diagnostic and medical services; and
pioneering in the provision of sophisticated treatments
that draw patients nationally for highly specialized,
It offers care and treatment for a
complete array of injuries and illnesses, including
specialized care units for burn intensive care, spinal
cord injury and pediatric and neonatal intensive care.
Shands includes four specialized centers of excellence
including cardiovascular medicine, neurological
services, cancer services and transplantation.
at UF is a 576-bed private, not-for-profit hospital
located on the campus of the University of Florida.
the heart of UF & Shands are nine not-for profit
hospitals and more than 1,500 affiliated University of
Florida and community physicians, covering virtually
every medical specialty and providing everything from
family practice and pediatrics to behavioral health and
medically complex care such as trauma. With experts in
so many specialized areas, Shands Healthcare has
celebrated numerous medical “first” and milestones for
the region, state of Florida and nation.
Children’s Hospital at the University of Florida is
a hospital within a hospital, and is the second largest
children’s hospital in the state. It was recently
designated as a member of the National Association of
Children’s hospitals and related Institutions.
Shands at AGH, Gainesville’s first community
hospital has been providing health care services since
1928. A full-service medical center with 423 beds and
more than 200 physicians on staff. AGH offers
excellent health care as well as community education
programs and services. It has centers of excellence in
cardiac care, cancer care, neuroscience, neonatology,
women's health and emergency care. AGH recently opened
the first hospital-based Skilled Nursing Unit in the
area. The hospital sponsors Senior Advantage, a health
benefits program for people 55 and older. The campus of
AGH includes the Ayers Medical Plaza which houses
physician's offices, Ayers Surgery Center, Cancer Care
Center, Plaza Pharmacy and Plaza Deli.
Vista is an 83-bed psychiatric hospital. Vista
Pavilion provides treatment for anxiety, depression,
family conflict, substance abuse and psychosis.
Shands Rehab Hospital is a 40-bed rehabilitation
hospital and are both located in northwest Gainesville.
UpReach provides comprehensive inpatient medical
rehabilitation services including physical medicine,
psychology, vocation rehab, and occupational, physical,
recreational and speech therapy.
Malcolm Randall VA Medical Center, is a federally
funded medical center that is part of the North
Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. It has 478
beds and serves medical, surgical
and psychiatric patients with primary, secondary and
tertiary care. A variety of outpatient programs are also
provided. It extends its services through two hospitals,
three satellite clinics and several community outpatient
clinics. The hospital complex includes a 120-bed nursing
home providing extended care. Operated by the VA’s
Department of Veteran’s Affairs, the medical center is
the site of the VA’s geriatric research, education and
clinical centers through its affiliation with the
University of Florida Health Science Center and other
colleges and universities. The Gainesville area has
several nursing homes offering skilled care. In
addition, there are a dozen adult retirement centers
providing independent and assisted living.