UF Health Neuromedicine Hospital
Transforming the way care is delivered to patients.
Neurology Care at UF Health
Neurosurgery Care at UF Health
According to the American Academy of Neurology, there is a compelling demand for neurologic care in Florida and beyond:
- Stroke is ranked as the fifth leading cause of death in the United States.
- Alzheimer’s disease is ranked as the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.
- Five million Americans are currently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. The American Alzheimer’s Association projects that the number will triple to 16 million by the year 2050.
- Parkinson’s Disease affects 1 million Americans, with at least 60,000 new cases reported annually.
- Florida, with its burgeoning elderly population, is experiencing unprecedented growth in the incidence of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, and movement disorders like Parkinson’s.
Opening December 11, 2017, the NEW UF Health Neuromedicine Hospital is an exceptional facility that matches the world-class care already provided to UF Health neuromedicine patients. It has 96 dedicated neuromedicine patient rooms, including a 48-bed neurointensive care unit, one of the largest in the country. We will be offering new interdisciplinary programs in traumatic brain injury, ALS and multiple sclerosis. Most importantly, the full spectrum of neuromedicine services, from outpatient visits and diagnostic tests to inpatient stays, will be available in one building.
Patient care areas are designed to let in plenty of natural light and features a slightly recessed family space with convertible furniture so that a loved one can stay and provide patients with support.
Each regular patient room has a specially designed “water-friendly” bathroom accessible for people with disabilities and can accommodate a wheelchair or walker as well as support staff to aid the patient.
The third-floor has an open terrace area situated on a “green roof” for patients, visitors and staff to enjoy fresh air and natural light. Free Wi-Fi and telemetry (remote monitoring) so patients connected to heart function tracking equipment can use the space are available as well.
The Sanctuary of Wisdom is designed for prayer and contemplation for people of all religious and spiritual interests.
A parking garage adjacent to the new hospitals will have 600 spaces for patients and visitors of those facilities.
- Design characteristics that improve patient safety and health care
- A carefully planned entrance that allows for optimal traffic flow
- Improved navigation and wayfinding
- Neuromedicine specialists consolidated in one location to improve care and speed recovery time
- Conveniently located and centralized neurology and neurosurgery surgery offices for pre- and postoperative appointments
- 48 neuromedicine medical/surgical patients rooms and 48 neurointensive patient rooms — all private to enhance privacy and recovery
- Neurodiagnostic suite and radiology suite with the latest imaging technology
- Three dedicated general neuromedicine operating rooms, two neuromedicine operating rooms with intraoperative MRI capabilities and two neuromedicine hybrid interventional operating rooms
- 31 neuromedicine outpatient exam rooms conveniently located with centralized services
Creating the Optimal Experience
The UF Health Neuromedicine Hospital is built around the needs of our patients, from the lighting in each room to the beautifully designed gardens outside. Many hours of teamwork went into creating an optimal experience in our new facility.
- In a corrugated metal warehouse a few blocks from UF Health campus, two spaces were set up to mirror real patient rooms. Built by UF Health Shands Facilities teams with input from staff and external architects, the spaces helped shape the design of patient rooms in the new hospital.
- The mock patient rooms were fully equipped with lighting, beds, flooring, monitors and other equipment. Faculty and staff walked through the spaces, tested the layout and provided feedback before the team finalized room plans in our new hospitals.
- The priority was to craft an innovative care space for employees and help provide an outstanding patient experience.
- More than 100 faculty and staff members — including teams from UF Health Shands Nursing, Operations, Infection Control, Environmental Services and other departments — toured the rooms. They scrutinized every aspect — from the color palette to light fixtures and the location of electrical outlets — to ensure the optimal experience for patients, staff and visitors.
- Over time, the rooms slowly transformed as the team incorporated feedback and changed elements. The flooring is sturdy enough to endure the constant scuffle of shoes and to bear the weight of heavy, life-saving equipment, yet it looks like material found in a new home. The décor is soothing but can be easily cleaned. The couch can transform into a comfortable bed for family members.