University of Florida Health broke ground this week for the UF Health Heart & Vascular Hospital and the UF Health Neuromedicine Hospital, a $415 million project that will give rise to the Southeast’s most advanced home for the care of patients with heart, vascular and neurological illnesses.
The UF Health & Vascular Hospital will focus solely on patients with heart and vascular needs while the UF Neuromedicine Hospital will focus on patients with neurologic needs. Housed in one contiguous building, each hospital’s focus will give patients concentrated care for some of the most complex health conditions. Consolidating cardiac and neurologic experts in one location will help to provide shorter procedure times for patients, provide a variety of treatment options and promote shorter hospital stays and faster recovery.
“These two new hospitals reflect the goals outlined in our strategic plan, to offer our patients a continuum of compassionate care that will address their cardiovascular and neurologic needs throughout their lives,” said David S. Guzick, M.D., Ph.D. “While we already provide state-of-the-art care to these patients, the two new hospitals will provide a healing environment that revolves around our patients, one location to address everything from outpatient visits and easy access to laboratory tests and imaging to complex surgeries and follow-up care.”
The hospitals also will provide a place where UF Health can grow. Florida has recently been named the third most populous state. The rising population means a rising number of patients coming into the UF Health system.