Gainesville residents have a variety of health-care opportunities. No long drives – or short ones for that matter – are necessary when it comes to getting to a reputable hospital. And those few minutes can be key when it comes to getting treatment in emergency situations. One of the city’s main medical facilities can be found on the UF campus. Shands at the University of Florida is a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in tertiary care for critically ill patients. With over 500 physicians representing more than 100 medical specialties, it’s also the primary teaching hospital for the prestigious UF College of Medicine.
Shands HealthCare, consisting of nine hospitals including six in Gainesville, is one of the most comprehensive health systems and one of the leading referral medical centers in the Southeast. Six Shands facilities were recently awarded the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet status, the nursing profession’s most prestigious national honor for excellence. At Shands Alachua General Hospital, Gainesville’s first medical facility, residents can take advantage of the 367-bed hospital that focuses on heart care, cancer care women’s health and emergency medicine. At North Florida Regional Medical Center, patients are offered the latest in technology. Minimally invasive da Vinci robotic surgery is available, providing surgeons with an alternative to open surgery and even laparoscopy. The robotic system allows doctors to perform the most delicate and complex procedures through extremely small incisions.
Less pain, less blood loss and even less scarring are just some of the benefits to this practice. NFRMC also has state-of-the-art heart care, cancer services and women’s services. The emergency room opened its doors in 1999 with more than 15,000 square feet and can accommodate everything from pediatrics to cardiac cases. A new orthopedic wing was completed in 2007, adding 47 new beds to bring the facility’s total to 325.