Ribbon-Cutting Introduces New Campus to the UF Health Community
A Nov. 2 ceremony attended by hospital administrators and staff, board members and university management has brought the University of Florida to the cusp of opening its new campus. Among the luminaries present for the ribbon-cutting of the UF Health Heart & Vascular Hospital and UF Health Neuromedicine Hospital were the CEO of Shands, Edward Jimenez, the presidents of the University of Florida, Kent Fuchs, and UF Health President David Guzick.
The addition of the two new 500,000-square-foot buildings, which connect to the phase-one UF Health Shands Cancer Hospital by way of a three-level base structure accommodating clinics on the ground level and terraces above, and a second-level shared surgery platform that spans the drive into the new campus, begins to flesh out the larger picture of Flad's original master plan. The ceremony took place outdoors, within sight of the campus’ new "Central Park" of lawns, gardens and water features, around which the hospitals are arrayed. Their physical connection to each other is intended to help integrate the medical specialties, a further step toward the cohesive vision put forward by the medical center to consolidate and align services that until now were scattered across the existing campus.
The UF Health Heart & Vascular Hospital and UF Health Neuromedicine Hospital have their official opening on December 11.