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Social Mission & Community

Community Service

UF Health serves patients from every county in the state, from throughout the nation and from more than a dozen countries. Our organization exerts a powerful social and economic impact within the state, and we're committed to our role as a responsible corporate citizen.

The six colleges of the University of Florida Health Science Center, the hospitals and programs at Shands, the UF Health Physician outpatient practices throughout our organization and many community volunteer partners collaborate to help us serve as a health care safety-net organization for many of the most vulnerable citizens of north Florida. Making primary care and advanced clinical services accessible to those beyond our doors, including economically disadvantaged residents, is one way we strive to meet our public service mission.

Charity care and social responsibility

Our commitment as a responsible, accountable steward of our resources is the cornerstone of UF Health's not-for-profit mission. In Fiscal Year 2011, we spent a combined $108.7 million in unreimbursed charity care at cost). We spent $3.5 million for community and regional health services; $2.6 million on donations and in-kind services; $51.5 million on health professionals education; and $10.6 million on scientific and clinical research.


Supporting Our Communities

We care for the state's neediest residents

UF Health is Florida's only health care system with two statutory teaching hospitals that are part of the state's "safety-net" hospital system, caring for people who have little or no medical coverage. UF Health spent approximately $108.7 million in unreimbursed charity care at cost. UF Health is one of Florida's largest Medicaid and charity-care providers.

We support Florida's economy

UF Health's patient-care programs had an estimated economic impact of $1.9 billion. We spent more than $727 million in salaries and benefits for our workforce of more than 12,000 employees.

We participate in community outreach

UF Health proactively reaches out beyond the walls of our hospitals and clinics to share valuable health information with area residents. We offer health-education programs and events and also partner in community efforts. We support civic, social and cultural programs to raise awareness of health issues and promote wellness.

UF Health contributed $2.6 million to community agencies and organizations benefiting residents throughout north central and northeast Florida.

We offer comprehensive emergency and trauma care

UF Health is the only health care system in the Southeast with two Level 1 Trauma Centers.

We play a key role in disaster-response efforts

UF Health is the only health care system in the Southeast with two Level 1 Trauma Centers.

We support local agencies and civic organizations that benefit our communities

Our employees pledge and raise hundreds of thousands of dollars each year with our community-support efforts. Our many beneficiaries include the United Way, the March of Dimes and the American Heart Association.

We support identification and building awareness of community health needs

In order to meet identified needs, Shands has selected areas of emphasis for focused resource deployment. Please see the 2013 Community Health Needs Assessment and Implementation Plan.