Last spring, Parrish McCall Constructors Inc., a Gainesville-based construction company, began work on UF Health Shands Hospital Unit 2425, an endeavor led by UF Health Shands Facilities project managers Roque Perez Velez and Charlie Boles.
In August, adults requiring care for burn injuries, severe skin disorders and difficult or chronic wounds moved into the newly renovated space. In October, the space opened for patients recovering from reconstructive procedures for the ear, nose and throat and plastic surgery.
The second-floor, 34,000-square-foot unit is designed to support complex care and infection control for these patient populations. Upon entry to the unit, visitors are asked to wash their hands and change into sterile attire before being granted access to the nursing station, from which they are guided to the appropriate patient room.
“Unit 2425 is a brand new space and we are absolutely thrilled with it,” said Ian Driscoll, M.D., a UF College of Medicine burn surgeon in the division of acute care surgery. “The design of the unit was designed specifically with our patient population in mind.”
The unit has 27 intensive care rooms with provider alcoves, as well as a rehabilitation room where patients relearn basic functions throughout their recovery. The unit also has two rooms designed for bariatric patients and four hydrotherapy stations, two respiratory therapy rooms, two rooms designed for patients in isolation, in addition to a hybrid consultation and multipurpose room for patients and families.