UF, UF Health celebrate expansion of healthcare services at Durbin Park, ongoing regional growth across Northeast Florida

Press releases may be edited for formatting or style | February 23, 2024

Once complete, the 395,000-square-foot hospital will include acute, intensive, and emergency care; operating rooms; and an imaging suite and hybrid labs for interventional procedures. Site work for construction of the hospital began in December 2023 and UF Health expects to care for the first patient by late 2025. The ambulatory surgery center will focus on orthopaedics and other surgical services, providing a full spectrum of care, including operating and procedural rooms, office space, and rehabilitation facilities.

UF President Ben Sasse said UF and UF Health are committed to working collaboratively with the community to best meet the needs of patients and their families.

“Together we are doubling down on bringing our unique approach to problem-solving care to the region, care that will simply make people’s lives better,” Sasse said. “This is a region on the rise, and we are proud to match our exceptional expertise with the needs of the community to revolutionize health services for the citizens of Florida. The work that we do here is going to save lives.”

The university’s academic health center is uniquely positioned to accomplish this, said David R. Nelson, M.D., senior vice president for health affairs at UF and president of UF Health.

UF Health introduced the first mobile stroke treatment unit to the state last year, which is already dramatically improving patient outcomes by reducing time to treatment and is part of a network the system is building that will be larger than any in the country. UF Health also is home to an NCI-designated Cancer Center, the 72nd in the country and the only one in North Central and northern Florida — and the only one in Florida that is part of a public university.

And the health system is proud to be a national medical network member of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, one of just three — and the most comprehensive in the nation — to care for our Team USA athletes as they prepare for the Summer Games in Paris.

Other points of pride:

The UF College of Medicine is ranked the No. 1 medical school in Florida. The Blue Ridge National Institutes of Health rankings listed neurosurgery No. 2 among all universities, neuroscience/neurology No. 3, and surgical services No. 5.
UF Health is home to the nation’s premier program for liver, kidney, and lung transplantation, according to the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients, ranking No. 1 in liver transplant with the best one-year patient survival rate of 99.03%; No. 2 in kidney transplant and No. 1 in three-year patient survival for lung transplant.

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