UF Health Children’s Surgical Center begins services at new location

Published: April 25th, 2016

Category: Announcements

Pediatric patients in Gainesville and the surrounding region will benefit from the expanded UF Health Children’s Surgical Center, which opened on April 29.

“This endeavor reflects our ongoing goal to provide compassionate, quality care for our local community and across north central Florida,” said David S. Guzick, M.D., Ph.D., senior vice president for health affairs at the University of Florida and president of UF Health. “The new state-of-the-art children’s surgical center is designed to provide state-of-the-art care and support for our youngest patients and their families.”

The new UF Health Children’s Surgical Center is located on Hull Road off Southwest 34th Street. The 17,500-square-foot facility is connected to the UF Health Florida Surgical Center.

Ribbon cutting UF Health Children's Surgical Center“Having adult and pediatric outpatient surgery centers adjacent will allow us to maximize shared resources and be more efficient operationally,” said Ed Jimenez, M.B.A., chief executive offer at UF Health Shands. “At UF Health, our physicians, nurses and staff are dedicated to high-quality, safe care as well as excellent hospitality and service. We’re committed to meeting the special needs of our pediatric patients and the needs of our pediatric experts.”

The new center features a nature-themed design, echoing the design of the UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital. The UF Health Children’s Surgical Center has its own family-friendly entrance and waiting area. Separate preoperative, postanesthesia care and postoperative recovery areas will ease pediatric surgery patients and their loved ones through every step of their experience. The facility includes four large operating rooms designed specifically for procedures for children and adolescents.

Procedures for pediatric patients offered at the new location include dental surgery, ear/nose/throat surgery, eye surgery, gastrointestinal surgery, general surgery, hematologic/oncologic surgery, orthopaedic surgery, plastic surgery and urologic surgery.

Surgeons practicing at the UF Health Children’s Surgical Center performed 1,274 procedures during the first half of the current fiscal year. The team performed 2,300 procedures last fiscal year.

Click through the below gallery to see photos from the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new facility.