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Vision & Values

Vision and ValuesTogether we strive to create unstoppable momentum toward the goal of improving individual and community health through discovery, clinical and translational science and technology, exceptional education and patient-centered, innovative, high-quality health care.

This is our vision as we move Forward Together.

Our Core Values

At UF Health, our core institutional values are centered around our commitment to our patients and our role in the communities we serve:

  • Accountability
  • Collaboration
  • Compassion
  • Competence
  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Empowerment
  • Excellence
  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Trust

At the heart of our mission is to provide high-quality clinical care and to promise every patient their best experience possible at UF Health. But our objectives aren’t purely clinical. A huge part of our institutional mission is our focus on education and research. These goals are interconnected. For example, biomedical research can include fundamental scientific work in the lab that contributes to immediate or future breakthroughs, as well as highly translational clinical research that benefits patients while they are in our care. Our robust educational programs train the next generation of health care providers. Everything we do serves to move us along the path of improving health and well-being for our patients, their families and our communities. All these things together propel us forward.


A Personal Promise to Our Patients

At UF Health we have an internal program called ‘I Promise.’ This initiative encourages University of Florida Health Science Center faculty members, residents, students and staff and Shands employees and volunteers to recognize each person’s commitment to our patients and visitors. By making a personal promise, each staff member considers his or her own values, professional commitment and unique role in the organization. We are inspired to make every patient’s experience the best it can be.

I Promise Goals

  • Establish a culture among all members of the UF Health Science Center and Shands family to deliver the highest quality, patient-centered care and service.
  • Encourage all Health Science Center and Shands staff and volunteers to make a commitment to make every patient’s experience the best it can be.
  • Empower staff and volunteers to improve the patient experience throughout our health system.
  • Strengthen the relationships between our faculty, staff and volunteers with patients and with each other.