Central Florida Health includes Leesburg Regional Medical Center and The Villages® Regional Hospital. We get a lot of patients from Central Florida who come to Gainesville for our services. We have a great relationship with Central Florida Health. UF Health provides the full spectrum of stroke care to their patients when they need our expertise and technology. They transfer patients here, we provide vascular neurology consults 24/7 and we provide continuing medical education about stroke care.
This new venture allows us to take another step with Central Florida Health to benefit people in Lake, Sumter and Marion counties. We’re looking to create a primary care physician training program at these two hospitals. Primary care doctors are in demand, and they usually establish practices close to where they got their training. We want our graduates to stay at hospitals in our network of affiliates. We train the best-of-the-best doctors and it’s in our best interest to keep them in the family.
Central Florida Health currently offers health coverage through their own self-insured program. Now they will be offering incentives for their employees to preferentially use UF Health physicians, hospitals and facilities when they need services that cannot be provided by Central Florida Health.
We’re excited to combine our talents and resources and to address industry challenges like ensuring our communities have enough great primary care physicians. We share the same goals as our colleagues at Central Florida Health. We just want to provide people with the best quality health care.