New UF Health Children’s Surgical Center location opening in April

Published: January 21st, 2016

Category: UF Health Shands Outpatient Services

The UF Health Shands Children’s Surgical Center opened on April 29. Click here to see pictures of the new facility and photos from the ribbon-cutting ceremony. 


As always, our goal is to deliver the highest-quality clinical care and a warm and hospitable patient-centered experience. Our plans also reflect our commitment to providing UF Health’s highly skilled medical teams with state-of-the-art facilities, technology and resources.  A contemporary physical space is essential for our providers to practice innovative medicine and serve the very unique needs of children and families.

As part of our ongoing investment in the UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital, we are relocating and expanding the UF Health Children’s Surgical Center. Currently located at the Ayers building on Southwest 2nd Avenue, the center will occupy a newly created, 17,500 square foot space connected to the UF Health Florida Surgical Center on Hull Road, off Southwest 34th Street.

  • Site construction at Hull Road began last year and will be completed next month.
  • The new Children’s Surgical Center will open April 29. 
  • Services at UF Health Florida Surgical Center will continue without interruption.

Access & Parking

  • Patients and visitors can self-park in the Patient/Visitor lot.
  • As always, patients and their visitors must obtain a patient parking voucher after they receive care from their outpatient check-out, nurses’ station or other location of service, then present the voucher to the valet staff or parking attendant upon exit.


With its own family-friendly entrance and waiting area, the soothing, nature-themed design will echo that of the children’s hospital.

  • Separate pre-op, post-anesthesia care and post-op recovery areas will be designed.
  • The facility will include four large ORs designed for procedures for children and adolescents.
  • Connecting outpatient surgery centers will allow a shared infrastructure, including central sterile supply and other diverse support resources.
  • Last fiscal year, the Children’s Surgical Center team performed 2,332 procedures, including but not limited to dental, ear/nose/throat, urology and general surgeries. The team is on track to exceed that volume this year.

Designing the new space was a collaborative effort. UF Health facilities experts and architects used valuable input from UF College of Medicine faculty physicians and UF Health Shands nursing and clinical staff from the Children’s Surgical Center. The center at Ayers is a leased space and we are glad we can develop new, state-of-the-art facilities specifically to meet the needs of our patients and teams.


Artists’ rendering of the lobby concept at the new UF Health Children’s Surgical Center.