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UF Health is a vibrant resource to the communities of north central and northeast Florida as well as southeast Georgia. Hospitals and colleges work together to provide efficient delivery of health care services, improved clinical outcomes, stimulating educational programs for students, residents and fellows, and innovative research that fosters novel discoveries and economic development.


University of Florida Health (“UF Health”) is the academic health center for UF. UF Health is headquartered in Gainesville, on an academic health center campus located on the southeast corner of the UF main campus. The “Shands” part of UF Health is Shands Teaching Hospital and Clinics, Inc., a not-for-profit 501(c)(3), corporation which consists of the main teaching hospital in Gainesville, UF Health Shands Hospital, with 852 licensed beds. UF Health Shands Hospital includes UF Health Shands Cancer Hospital (192 beds) and UF Health Shands Children's Hospital (167 beds); UF Health Shands Psychiatric Hospital (81 beds); UF Health Shands Rehab Hospital (40 beds); a network of outpatient rehabilitation centers; and a home-health agency.

Shands is under the governance of its independent board of directors. The statutorily designated chair of the UF Health Shands Hospital board is the president of UF, who has delegated this chair role as well as all appointment powers for all members of the UF Health Shands Hospital board to the UF senior vice president for health affairs as his designee. The UF Health Shands CEO reports to the UF senior vice president for health affairs, as do the deans for the UF colleges of Medicine, Dentistry, Health Policy and Health Professions, Nursing, Pharmacy and Veterinary Medicine. The UF senior vice president for health affairs reports directly to the UF president.

The UF Health Jacksonville campus is the academic health center located in Jacksonville. It operates under a similar statutorily defined governance structure in which the UF senior vice president for health affairs as the UF president’s designee chairs the independent board and appoints most of the UF Health Jacksonville board members. Both the College of Medicine-Jacksonville dean and UF Health Jacksonville CEO report to the UF senior vice president for health affairs. UF Health Jacksonville has 550 beds and is staffed by 360 full-time faculty members of the UF College of Medicine who live and work in Jacksonville. UF Health Jacksonville has 320 residents and fellows, and at any time, there are 60 medical students, 80 nursing students and 200 pharmacy students on the Jacksonville campus.