Flagler Health+ and UF Health to expand clinical care and training initiatives

Flagler Health+ and UF Health announced today plans to collaborate on an expansion of graduate medical education programs and an array of clinical services across Northeast Florida, including new primary care sites in St. Johns and Flagler counties.

The two organizations are also discussing an exclusive collaboration to provide pediatric emergency care and subspecialty services on Flagler Health+ clinical campuses.

“UF Health has a long track record of bridging scientific discovery with clinical advances that improve the lives of countless patients and of training the next generation of health care providers,” said David R. Nelson, M.D., senior vice president for health affairs at the University of Florida and president of UF Health. “We are excited about our shared vision with Flagler Health+ to take health care to the next level and look forward to our ongoing discussions as we collectively continue to focus efforts across all our missions to deliver outstanding care for area residents.”

UF Health is exploring bringing its family practice residency programs to the Flagler Health+ Durbin Park and St. Augustine campuses. Additional graduate medical education programs in a variety of specialties also are under consideration. Plans also include having medical, nursing, pharmacy and physician assistant trainees rotate at the various campuses.

Together, Flagler Health+ and UF Health are committed to delivering the highest level of clinical quality and safety at all Flagler Health+ clinical campuses, Nelson said. UF Health has identified several key clinical services to potentially offer at the Flagler Health+ Hospital at Durbin Park, either on-site or through consultative or telehealth access, including burn care, endocrinology, gynecologic subspecialties, nephrology, neonatology, neurology, oral/maxillofacial surgery, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, plastic surgery, podiatry and psychiatry.

UF Health will continue its existing collaboration providing neonatology and neurology services at the Flagler Health+ Hospital St. Augustine campus.

In addition, the health systems plan to work together to develop and implement a value-based population health delivery system in the Flagler Health+ market area.

The Durbin Park campus of Flagler Health+ is situated on 42.5 acres between Florida 9B and Interstate 95 in Northern St. Johns County. Plans include the construction of a new Flagler Health+ hospital as part of a comprehensive health and wellness campus that furthers the Flagler Health+ vision to advance the physical, social and economic health of Northeast Florida communities. 

“This collaboration provides a great deal of flexibility and opportunity to advance the care missions of our two organizations today and in the future, while also preserving the 130-year legacy of Flagler Hospital,” stated Flagler Health+ President & CEO Jason Barrett. “Our shared commitment to providing compassionate, quality care and achieving world-class outcomes serves as a solid foundation for bringing premier health and wellness offerings across greater Northeast Florida.”

Development of the Flagler Health+ campus at Durbin Park has been underway since 2020.  It is anticipated that vertical hospital construction will begin in summer 2022 with an anticipated opening in Summer 2024.

ABOUT FLAGLER HEALTH+

Flagler Health+ is a total-care enterprise aimed at advancing the physical, social and economic health of Northeast Florida communities. From working with area schools to address youth behavioral health, to bringing a new concept in health villages throughout the region, Flagler Health+ is building healthier communities. Flagler Health+ is an extension of Flagler Hospital, which has a 130-year legacy of caring for the community.  Flagler Hospital has been named among the nation’s top 50 hospitals for quality and safety by The Leapfrog Group and one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals by Healthgrades. Learn more at flaglerhealth.org.

ABOUT UF HEALTH

UF Health is a world-class academic health center that combines leading-edge research at campuses around Florida with outstanding clinical care at a network of hospitals around the state. The flagship is UF Health Shands Hospital, part of Florida’s preeminent health system, with 14 adult and pediatric specialties ranked among the nation’s elite top 50 programs in the 2021-22 U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals and Best Children’s Hospitals surveys. That’s more than any other hospital in Florida.

With main campuses in Gainesville and Jacksonville as well as satellite sites in Central Florida and several other locations, UF Health provides world-class health care to patients across the third-most populous state in the nation. UF Health consists of six health colleges, nine research centers and institutes, 10 hospitals — including two teaching hospitals and five specialty hospitals — and a host of physician medical practices and outpatient services.

The backbone of UF Health is a talented and dedicated workforce of more than 30,000 people who provide lifesaving care and research breakthroughs for more than 3 million patients who come to UF Health each year from around the U.S. and more than 40 countries.

UF Health is committed to improving lives and health through a variety of community-based programs and activities. As part of the state’s “safety-net’’ hospital system, caring for people who have little or no medical coverage, UF Health provided more than $297.6 million in unsupported charity care, social responsibility and community benefit across its Gainesville, Jacksonville and Central Florida campuses in fiscal year 2020. Annually, UF Health contributes more than $4.6 billion to Florida’s overall economy.

Our mission is to promote health through outstanding and high-quality patient care, innovative and rigorous education in the health professions and biomedical sciences, and high-impact research across the spectrum of basic, translational and clinical investigation. Visit www.UFHealth.org to learn more.

Media Contacts:
Ken Garcia (UF Health) 352-265-9408 or kdgarcia@ufl.edu 
Erin Wallner (Flagler Health+) 904-819-4984 or erin.wallner@flaglerhospital.org