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Where to Stay

Patients and families traveling to Gainesville for medical treatment from UF Health Shands Hospital may need assistance in finding lodging for an extended visit. Here are some lodging options in Gainesville available to patients and families.

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The Transportation, Lodging and Care Program

  • The UF Health Transportation, Lodging and Care Program (TLC) is available to patients and families who need to stay in Gainesville overnight.
  • The program provides discounted rates and other services at a nearby hotel.
  • For more information, please call 352-265-0005.

Transplant Housing

  • Patients receiving a transplant at the UF Health Transplant Center must stay near UF Health Shands Hospital for a short period of time after they are discharged.
  • Patients who live further than one hour away from UF Health Shands Hospital are eligible to stay in UF Health Transplant Housing, located less than 100 yards from the main entrance to the hospital.
  • The two-story building has furnished apartments that have a kitchen, full bathroom, lounge area, and closet space.
  • For more information about the UF Health Transplant Center, call us toll-free at (866) 548-3783.

Ronald McDonald House

  • The Ronald McDonald House is a 30-bedroom house established for use by the parents and families of children being treated at UF Health Shands Children's Hospital and physician's medical practices.
  • For a modest donation, families can stay at the house, located within walking distance of UF Health Shands Hospital.
  • You can also ride the UF Health Shands Hospital Visitor-Parking Shuttle.
  • The UF Health Admissions Department is happy to assist you with making arrangements to stay at the house.
  • For more information, contact the Admissions Department at 352-265-0236.

American Cancer Society's Winn-Dixie Hope Lodge

  • Hope Lodge provides comfortable, temporary housing for out-of-town patients who are receiving cancer treatment.
  • It is capable of serving up to 45 patients plus one companion per patient.
  • Hope Lodge is located at 2121 SW 16th Street, which is within walking distance to UF Health Shands Hospital.
  • You can also ride the UF Health Shands Hospital Visitor-Parking Shuttle.
  • For more information, please call Hope Lodge at 352-338-0601.
  • Please note that patients must be referred to Hope Lodge by a UF Health Shands Hospital social worker. If you would like to stay at Hope Lodge, please call the UF Health Shands Hospital Patient and Family Resources Department at 352-265-0224.