Chief Executive Officer, UF Health Shands

Came to Greater Gainesville in 2010

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What about Greater Gainesville stood out when comparing it to your other options?

Gainesville is a great university town with many of the advantages of larger metropolitan areas — great sports teams, a good music scene, and theaters and museums, as well as great natural areas. We are fortunate in Gainesville to also have the state’s premier health system and hospital at the heart of our great city.

UF Health offers something that even most metropolitan areas do not — access to top-notch health care of all kinds. We have been expanding our practices into the areas where people live and work so it’s more convenient for you to see your physician and health care team. We have opened two new freestanding emergency centers to provide faster access to emergency care, and we have developed a partnership with CareSpot to address your urgent care needs. And in December we opened two new specialty hospitals — the UF Health Heart & Vascular Hospital and the UF Health Neuromedicine Hospital — to meet a growing need for these services and centralize care to make it more seamless for our patients.

Not only is our health system accessible, but it is also among an elite group of hospitals nationwide where patients can find care they can’t get anywhere else. UF Health Shands Hospital is one of only 152 in the nation that has hospitals ranked in at least one specialty by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospital rankings for 2017 — we are ranked in six adult specialties. In combination with UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital, our hospitals are ranked in 12 adult and pediatric specialties — the most of any hospital in the state of Florida.

What is something you wish you knew before moving here?

If I had known what a special community it was, I would have moved here 10 years earlier. I hope that you, too, will find Gainesville to be a dynamic and exciting environment, and that you will find UF Health to be a great resource to help you stay healthy.

Describe your ideal day in Greater Gainesville.

From spending time at The Swamp to enjoying a great burger at Embers or burnt ends at MOJO Hogtown Bar-B-Que, my family and I have discovered a wonderful home in Gainesville since we moved here in 2010.

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