The place for wellness, from everyday fitness to cutting-edge biomedical research
Gainesville residents have access to world-class professional medical care at highly ranked hospitals and private medical practices. Students from around the country enroll in nationally known programs in fields as diverse as the University of Florida College of Medicine, Santa Fe College‘s Allied Health and Nursing programs, UF‘s Athletic Training (AT) and Physical Therapy (PT) advanced degree programs, the Florida School of Massage, the Florida School of Traditional Midwifery, and two accredited schools of acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (OM), the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture and Dragon Rises College of Oriental Medicine.
Major medical centers include UF Health, where nearly 900 expert UF College of Medicine and community physicians along with more than 8000 skilled nursing and support staff provide comprehensive high-quality patient care, from primary care and family medicine to subspecialty tertiary and quaternary services for patients with highly complex medical conditions.
The faculty from the UF College of Medicine includes nationally and internationally recognized physicians whose expertise is supported by intensive research activities. UF Health’s affiliation with the UF Health Science Center allows patients to benefit from the latest medical knowledge and technology. Seven medical specialty programs at UF Health are recognized among the nation’s best in the 2011-2012 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals rankings. UF Health includes two specialty hospitals: UF Health Shands Cancer Hospital and UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital.
UF Health knows a healthy community requires more than quality health care in times of injury or illness—it takes preventive efforts by individuals, health care providers and the community. To help the Gainesville community stay as healthy as possible, UF Health offers a variety of outreach programs that complement formal health care.
UF Health offers special programs for women, women cancer survivors, teens, adults, seniors, underprivileged members of the community, local companies and people with a variety of different health issues. Classes on childbirth, breastfeeding, newborn care, welcoming a new sibling (for kids ages 2-10), quitting smoking and managing diabetes are just some of the programs available to help you manage your family and your health.
North Florida Regional Hospital is a 325-bed, full-service medical and surgical acute care referral center serving 14 counties and offering comprehensive heart care, cancer care, women’s health, diabetes care and neuromusculoskeletal services. For eight years, North Florida Regional has been chosen as one of the Top 100 Hospitals in America according to an annual study of nearly 6000 hospitals by Solucient.
North Florida Regional Hospital has more than 400 physicians on staff in 40 different specialties. In addition, comprehensive programs covering the full spectrum of care are available from patient education and prevention to diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation.
The Malcolm Randall Veterans Medical Center provides a full range of comprehensive health care, including: primary care, specialty care, tertiary care and long term care. The center is an active teaching hospital, combining a full range of patient care services with state-of-the-art technology that is enhanced and supported through education and research. The VA maintains a strong affiliation with the University of Florida College of Medicine and is connected both physically and functionally to the University.
Over 180 University of Florida medical school residents, interns, and students are trained at the Gainesville and Lake City VA Medical Center each year. Programs are also in place with the University of Florida for dentistry, nursing, physical therapy, health services administration, and pharmacy. Other affiliations are in place with Florida State University, Valdosta State University, Santa Fe Community College, and Lake City Community College for programs in nursing, social work, physical therapy, medical technology, and health care administration. Through sharing agreements, there is collaboration in the areas of radiation therapy, professional radiology services, sleep lab, electron microscopy, and cardiac catheterization.
The health care industry in Alachua County employs over 18,000 people and is a major contributor to high-paying jobs. In conjunction with the University of Florida, Santa Fe College, and innovation and biotech incubators, Gainesville is a world player in bringing clinical trials, basic research and engineering to the marketplace.