Our two UF Health Shands outpatient ancillary services at Ayers Medical Plaza on Southwest 2nd Avenue — the UF Health Shands Pharmacy and UF Health Shands Laboratory — have vacated that location following careful assessment.
The UF Health Shands Laboratory at Ayers closed in June. The team there had seen fewer patients for blood draws throughout the years. Meanwhile, the outpatient lab at the original UF Health Springhill building relocated to the new adjacent Springhill building that opened on Aug. 6. UF Health Shands also has three other outpatient lab locations, including two on our Archer Road campus.
“We appreciate the loyalty of the patients whom we’ve served here at Ayers,” said Mary Reeves, UF Health Shands Clinical Lab operations director. “Closing a lab is never easy, but we look forward to serving patients in our other locations throughout Gainesville.”
Meanwhile, the UF Health Shands Pharmacy at Ayers closed on Aug. 1. It began operation at the new UF Health Springhill building on Aug. 6.
UF Health Shands provides pharmaceutical services for patients of our hospitals and clinics as well as the Gainesville community. The Springhill pharmacy location makes it the first retail pharmacy on the northwest side of town. Patients will continue to receive the same services that were offered at the Ayers location. Prescription mail service, the most-used service at Ayers, will continue for employees at over 30 off-site locations.
“This move will hopefully be an opportunity to not only serve patients at the two UF Health Springhill locations, but also UF Health Springhill Emergency Center patients as well,” said Kara Berasi, UF Health Shands Pharmacy ambulatory pharmacy services assistant director.
Transferring prescriptions to any of our pharmacies is easy.
“Whether it’s transferring from another UF Health Shands pharmacy or an outside pharmacy, a patient simply has to call and ask for a transfer to the new location,” Berasi said. “We’ll handle the rest!”
Note: UF Health Springhill is located at 4037 NW 86th Terrace. The new building, which opened in early August, is a
72,000-square-foot facility adjacent to the current UF Health Springhill building. The Springhill facilities house a variety of UF Health Physicians specialty practices and UF Health Shands outpatient services. (See page 12 for more details about the UF Health Springhill expansion.)