UF Health Communications
UF Health Communications serves the Health Science Center at the University of Florida, its six professional colleges and a number of health-related research centers and institutes, UF Physicians – Gainesville, UF physicians – Jacksonville, and the Shands system of hospitals and programs throughout north central and northeast Florida.
We publicize the research, clinical and academic accomplishments of current faculty, staff and students. We create and distribute news releases and news publications about these institutions, provide support to the news media, assist with and promote internal communication through various mechanisms and provide other communication services to clients within and beyond UF Health, the Academic Health Center (such as faculty media training). We handle crisis communications and issues management. We produce a national consumer health radio program that airs on public radio affiliates in 18 states and in Washington, D.C. We also craft broadcast and multimedia packages for TV and the Web. In addition, we support the advancement communications needs of UF Health through a team dedicated to alumni and development efforts.
|Melanie Fridl Ross, M.S.J., E.L.S.||Chief Communications Officer, UF AHC SVP/CCO, Shands HealthCare||Contact|
|Kim Smith||Executive Assistant||Contact|
UF Health Communications Teams
We provide print layout and graphic design, creative consultation, video and audio production, voiceovers, multimedia design (such as 3D animation), digital publishing and photography. We also enforce our brand and logo standards to ensure that our products share the same professional look and feel.
|Garrett Hall, M.A.M.C.||Director||Contact|
|Selena Carter||Creative Director, UF Health Creative Services||Contact|
|Mary Cecelia||Graphic Designer||Contact|
|Madelyn West||Graphic Designer||Contact|
We provide strategic marketing services for programs and services in north central Florida to support the missions and business goals of UF Health. Clinical lines of business include Shands hospitals, outpatient services and UF Physicians primary care and specialty practices. We also coordinate marketing initiatives with affiliate and joint venture partners throughout the region. Our services include marketing consultation, marketing plan development and implementation, production of advertising campaigns and marketing collateral materials, and website content development.
|Jessica Barton||Marketing Manager, Cancer||Contact|
|Theresa Bradley||Marketing Manager, Neuromedicine||Contact|
|Talal Elmasry||Marketing Content Writer||Contact|
|Lauren Gajda||Marketing Manager, Pediatrics/Children’s Hospital||Contact|
|Alisha Katz||Marketing Manager, Surgical Services/Advanced Lung Program/Congenital Heart Center||Contact|
|Crystal Long||Marketing Assistant, Primary Care and Supports Marketing Managers||Contact|
|Kelly Schmidt||Marketing & Communications Specialist, College of Pharmacy||Contact|
We oversee the communications needs of the College of Medicine Office of Development and Alumni Affairs and Shands Development, as well as support the six colleges of the Health Science Center. We produce Florida Physician, the Dr. Gator newsletter and The Insider online newsletter. We provide strategic communications planning and execution for fundraising initiatives, prepare announcements and organize media coverage for private gifts, write proposals and case statements, oversee online communications and social media efforts, produce materials in support of UF Health events and provide direct communications support to the College of Medicine dean.
|Karen Dooley, M.A.M.C.||Director||Contact|
|Michael McAleer||Graphic Designer||Contact|
|Emily Mavrakis||Communications Specialist||Contact|
|Styliana Resvanis||Communications Specialist||Contact|
Through traditional and social media, the news team tells the remarkable stories of the people associated with the most comprehensive academic health center in the Southeast. In the process, we produce valuable content that may be leveraged for educational, promotional, development and marketing efforts. We respond to journalists by providing credible sources of information and work with faculty members to help them efficiently and comfortably respond to interview requests. The group is supported by public relations representatives for the UF research institutes, the six Health Science Center colleges, and Shands. Together, the team provides expertise in publications, editing, science writing, media training and news dissemination to stakeholders throughout UF Health.
|Roxane Wergin||Director of External Communications||Contact|
|Greg Hamilton||Assistant Director, News & Publications||Contact|
|Marilee Griffin||Assistant Director of Communications, Cancer Center||Contact|
|Michelle Koidin Jaffee||Science Writer, McKnight Brain Institute||Contact|
|Todd Taylor||Assistant Director of Communications, McKnight Brain Institute||Contact|
|Doug Bennett||Science Writer, Editor||Contact|
|Dorothy Hagmajer||Science Writer, Surgery, College of Medicine||Contact|
|Jacqueline Hart||Communications Specialist, McKnight Brain Institute||Contact|
|Bill Levesque||Science Writer, Aging, College of Medicine||Contact|
|Ken Garcia||Public Relations Specialist||Contact|
|TBD||Media Relations Coordinator||Contact|
We provide strategic communications and public relations strategy development and programming to support the vision, mission and goals of the academic health center and key units. We develop communications and advocacy strategies and implement initiatives in support of public affairs and government relations endeavors to influence public opinion. We develop and execute health promotion programming, offering seminars, screenings and health fairs, to inform, educate and engage with communities. We manage strategic, community and corporate sponsor relations to cultivate and strengthen interactions to benefit the academic health center.
|Wanda English||Associate Vice President for Communications & Public Affairs, UF Health||Contact|
|Sarah Carey||Director of Communications, College of Veterinary Medicine||Contact|
|Kristina Forman||Communications Specialist, Clinical & Translational Science Institute||Contact|
|Anna Suggs Hoffman||Senior Director of Development & Communications, College of Nursing||Contact|
|Meghan MacPherson||Associate Director of Communications, Clinical and Translational Science Institute||Contact|
|Marsha Mott||Health Promotions Coordinator, UF Health||Contact|
|Jill Pease||Director of Communications, College of Public Health and Health Professions||Contact|
|Karen Rhodenizer||Director of Communications, College of Dentistry||Contact|
|Rachel Rivera||Communications Specialist, College of Nursing||Contact|
|Kelly Sobers||Communications Manager, College of Dentistry||Contact|
|Matt Splett||Director of Communications, College of Pharmacy||Contact|
|Karen Tilly||Project Specialist and Assistant to the AVP, UF Health||Contact|
We provide strategic communications direction and support for Gainesville-focused and system-wide programs and initiatives across UF Health. Our services include strategic communications and public relations planning and execution; internal communications and employee-focused events; corporate/business communications; public affairs and government relations/advocacy communications; and issues management and crisis response. We collaborate closely with talented colleagues across the UF Health Communications department to employ the full spectrum of multimedia communication tools and events to address the needs of our diverse internal and external audiences.
|Molly Brennan||Communications Specialist||Contact|
The UF Health Communications department in Jacksonville consists of three divisions: Communications and Marketing, Web Technologies, and Media Center and Media Relations.
Communications and Marketing is responsible for all internal and external communications, graphic design, branding, advertising and marketing for the hospital, UF clinics and academic units and College of Medicine–Jacksonville.
Web Technologies is responsible for content development, design and maintenance of the UF Health Jacksonville and UF Health Science Center Jacksonville websites, campus intranet site and social media efforts.
Media Center and Media Relations provides audiovisual, still photography and video production services; oversees meeting rooms for departments within the University of Florida and UF Health Jacksonville; and manages all interactions with local, state and national media.
|Erin VanWey||Director, Communications and Marketing||Contact|
|Dan Leveton||Manager, Media Center/Media Relations||Contact|
|Eric Lowe||Manager, Web Technologies||Contact|
|Sarah Miller||Manager, Marketing|
|Allison Wedekind||Manager, Communications|
|Rosie Alvarado||Administrative Assistant||Contact|
|Shelby Brazeal||Web Developer I|
|Parker Hightower||Marketing Specialist||Contact|
|Nelson Keefer||Media Technician||Contact|
|Angela Mack||Marketing Specialist|
|Ginger Neff||Intranet Developer||Contact|
|Carmela Nelson||Media Technician||Contact|
|Donald Priest||Web Developer II||Contact|
|Brooke Rozmus||Graphic Designer||Contact|
|Wes Taff||Marketing Specialist|
|Suzanne Wanish||Public Relations Assistant||Contact|
|Jesef Williams||Senior Communication Coordinator||Contact|
|Sarah Hansen||Communications Specialist|
We are a full-service Web shop offering high-quality solutions for public Web-based communications needs. Our services include website design and hosting, Web application development, website refurbishment, usability testing, search engine optimization, analytics and metrics, social media consultation and email newsletters. Learn more at webservices.ufhealth.org.
|Jeff Stevens||Assistant Web Manager||Contact|
|Bill Columbia||Senior Web Designer||Contact|
|Miles Hyson||Web Developer||Contact|
|Sean Jeng||Senior Web Developer||Contact|
|Abigail Kneal||Social Media Coordinator||Contact|
|Kyle Tucker||Web Developer||Contact|
|Greg Turner||Senior Web Developer||Contact|
|Nina Wright||Website Training and Support||Contact|
|James Young||Web Designer||Contact|