Now that the new heart and vascular and neuromedicine hospitals are open, activities are underway to thoughtfully use the vacated space at UF Health Shands Hospital that had housed these services.
UF Health’s strategic growth plans focus on meeting the most pressing needs of our patients and community. We face an increasing demand to serve chronically critically ill patients who require extended hospital care following their time in an ICU.
Long-term acute care hospitals, or LTACHs, like Select Specialty Hospital – Gainesville, fill this need. They support the recovery of patients with critical illnesses. They provide specialty care led by a physician and multidisciplinary teams of therapists and nurses over an extended period of time in a hospital setting.
The fifth floor of UF Health Shands Hospital (Unit 54/55) is being renovated to serve this unique patient population. This summer, Select Specialty Hospital – Gainesville, currently located on Archer Road, will move into the updated space.
“As the volume grows at UF Health Shands Hospital and the complexity of care increases, there’s a greater demand for post-acute services like those offered by Select Specialty Hospital,” said UF Health Shands CEO Ed Jimenez. “Our new model will not only provide expanded capacity, but it will also give us the opportunity to offer patients a more seamless transition of care.”