UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital is the #1 Children’s Hospital in Florida, according to the 2021-22 U.S. News & World Report rankings! Ranked in eight pediatric specialties, UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital provides the full spectrum of pediatric specialty services and is the top 5 children’s hospital in the Southeast.
UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital is a hospital within a hospital on the UF Health Shands campus and provides care in more than 20 pediatric specialties. It is also home to the UF Health Shands Pediatric E.R. – the community’s first emergency department devoted to caring for children who are acutely ill or injured. UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital provides care for the children of our community and the state of Florida and is a major destination center for pediatric patients from all over the United States and overseas who require specialized attention for complex medical problems.
UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital represents the only quaternary-care academic pediatric center in North Florida. The children’s hospital has 208 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
The UF Health Shands Pediatric E.R. provides families with a convenient, one-stop children’s health center for emergency care and specialty services. Learn more.
Pediatrics After Hours
Previously co-located with the Pediatric E.R., UF Health Pediatrics After Hours is now in the Gerold L. Schiebler CMS Center. It is a collaborative effort with community pediatricians and UF Health pediatricians treating children with urgent primary care needs.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.
Florida Health Finder
Visit FloridaHealthFinder.gov, where the Agency for Health Care Administration publishes quality and performance information about Florida's health care facilities.
Conditions & Services
- Allergy testing - skin
- Arachnoid cyst
- Asthma in children
- Autoimmune disorders
- Brain tumor - children
- Brain tumor - children
- Chiari malformations
- Chronic kidney disease
- Congenital heart disease
- Congenital kidney disease
- Diabetes diet - type 1
- Digestive diseases
- Epilepsy - overview
- Epilepsy in children
- Myocarditis - pediatric
- Neurofibromatosis 2
- Neurological Disorders
- Overcoming breastfeeding problems
- Pediatric Cardiology
- Pediatric cancer
- Pediatric gastrointerology
- Pediatric heart surgery
- Pediatric pituitary and skull base services
- Premature infant
- Scoliosis surgery in children
- Sleep disorders - pediatric
- Spina bifida - resources
- Spinal Cord Tumors
- Spinal Deformity: Scoliosis and Kypthotic Deformities
To obtain a copy of your medical records from UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital, please contact 352-733-0111.
Pay your billconsult our billing section.
Calculating ExpensesUF Health hospitals provide price information to help you plan for potential out-of-pocket expenses.
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.
Financial AssistancePatients who lack insurance coverage or are unable to pay their portion of the healthcare services they receive may qualify for financial assistance based upon their income level.
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.