Ranked in the top-50 pediatric hospitals in the country in a variety of specialties by US News & World Report, University of Florida physicians at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital provide the full spectrum of pediatric specialty services.
UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital is a hospital within a hospital on the UF Health Shands campus.
UF physicians treat patients from throughout Florida and the United States at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital. The UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital represents the only quaternary-care academic pediatric center in North Florida. UF physicians offer some of the most specialized pediatric programs for the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of complex conditions.
UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital has 167 beds, including fully-equipped pediatric and neonatal intensive care units. UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital is part of the Children's Miracle Network's alliance of premier hospitals for children.
UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital is also a member of the Children’s Hospital Association, formerly known as the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions. The Children’s Hospital Association advances child health through innovation in the quality, cost and delivery of care. Representing 223 children’s hospitals, the Association is the voice of children’s hospitals nationally. It champions public policies that enable hospitals to better serve children and is the premier resource for pediatric data and analytics, driving improved clinical and operational performance of member hospitals.
Pediatric ER & Pediatrics After Hours
By locating the Pediatric ER and Pediatrics After Hours services, we’re providing families with a convenient, one-stop children’s health center for urgent after-hours and emergency care. The co-location of these services allows us to better use existing resources, expand capacity and efficiency, and improve our focus on patient safety and outstanding quality care.
Part of our Forward Together strategic plan, establishing the new Pediatric ER is an exciting step in our plan to create the UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital on the UF Health Shands Hospital north campus. Our long-term goals include a separate children’s hospital entrance with services located on adjacent floors. Learn more.
Pediatric Specialty Clinics
University of Florida pediatric physicians offer specialty care in a variety of clinical settings in Gainesville. Visit our locations page to find a pediatric specialty clinic near you.
Child Life Program
From colorful playrooms to parent support and resources, the Child Life Program at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital is here for pediatric patients of all ages and their families.
UF Health Shands social workers offer a variety of services to pediatric patients and their families. Counseling - available to discuss concerns, provide support and explore solutions.
- Individual, family, and group counseling
- Problem solving
- Stress Management
- Crisis intervention
- Support and educational groups
Discharge planning and referrals to community agencies.
- HomeCare agencies
- Rehabilitation centers
- Sponsorship agencies
- Parenting programs
- Specialized support groups
- Community mental health centers
- Obtaining resources
- Housing assistance
- Transportation assistance
- Emergency financial assistance
Social workers are available to all pediatric patients, and work intensively in many highly specialized medical areas, such as organ transplant teams, pediatric oncology, pediatric intensive care and many others. We work as part of the pediatric patient's healthcare team, with medical staff, nurses, rehabilitation specialists, case managers, nutritionists, Child Life and other professionals.
We are also available in areas where both adults and children are treated. We have a total of 31 master's level social workers, the majority of whom are Florida licensed clinical social workers.
- There is one playroom on each pediatric floor
- Playrooms are open during the day for pediatric patients and families to use
- All patients and siblings must be supervised by and adult (18 yrs and up)
- Volunteers may be available to provide supervision when parents cannot be here
Supervised Activity Groups
- Please check the activities calendar on each floor for supervised group times
- Groups are run by a variety of trained volunteers and staff
- Children that are unable to go to the playroom can get toys and activities for their room
Personal Computers & Internet Access
Wireless access is available for those patients and families that bring their laptops.
- Pediatric Neurosurgery
- General Pediatrics
- Pediatric Cardiology
- Pediatric Congenital Heart Surgery
- Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
- Pediatric Endocrinology
- Pediatric Gastroenterology
- Pediatric Hematology-Oncology
- Pediatric Hepatology
- Pediatric Infectious Disease
- Pediatric Nephrology
- Pediatric Neurology
- Pediatric Pulmonary
- Pediatric Rheumatology
- Pediatric Surgery
- Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
- Pediatric Urology
Conditions & Services
- Allergy testing - skin
- Asthma - children
- Autoimmune disorders
- Brain tumor - children
- Chronic kidney disease
- Congenital heart disease
- Congenital kidney disease
- Diabetes diet - type 1
- Digestive diseases
- Myocarditis - pediatric
- Neurological Disorders
- Overcoming breastfeeding problems
- Pediatric Cardiology
- Pediatric cancer
- Pediatric gastrointerology
- Pediatric heart surgery
- Premature infant
- Scoliosis surgery - child
- Sleep disorders - pediatric
- Spinal Deformity: Scoliosis and Kypthotic Deformities
To obtain a copy of your medical records from UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital, please contact 877-KIDS-R-UF.
Pay your bill
If you have questions or wish to pay in person, please consult our billing section.
Shands hospitals and UF Physician practices accept insurance from numerous providers, including Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, CIGNA, Humana, Capital Health, United Healthcare, Medicaid, and state and government services. For a full list of accepted plans visit our Insurance / Billing page.
Insurance acceptance varies between physicians and locations and is subject to change. To confirm that a specific physician will accept your insurance, please contact the practice using the telephone numbers listed at the top of the page. A representative will be happy to assist you.
UF Health is tobacco-free
Help us maintain our strong commitment to patients and to promoting good health in our communities: please don't smoke, chew tobacco or use electronic cigarettes on UF Health-owned or -operated properties. Thank you.