Letter from the CEO, August 2018
Groundbreaking health care happens here.
UF Health continues to be a leader in innovative patient care, education and research. We became the first health system to open a comprehensive medical office building and 92-bed hospital in North Jacksonville, greatly improving accessibility to our high-quality care. In addition, we bring new life to the region through our 12-bed Labor and Delivery Unit, which opened at UF Health North Aug. 15, 2017, and has delivered more than 450 babies since that date!
We are further expanding into Nassau County through a forward-thinking partnership with Raydient Places + Properties that is set to become a national model for building healthier communities. The University of Florida and UF Health were selected to provide medical and wellness services to the Wildlight community, which is slated to grow to 24,000 housing units on 25,000 square acres.
A groundbreaking ceremony for our first UF Health Wildlight facility will be held in mid-August in the community on Highway 200. The 40,000-square-foot ambulatory facility will include primary care, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, mental health, urgent care, dentistry, imaging and laboratory services. Over time, other medical specialties may be added, such as sports medicine and orthopaedics depending on the community’s needs and interests. Our second facility with Wildlight will be a 35,000-square-foot building for rehab services and a YMCA.
The new facility will expand our presence in Northeast Florida and ensure the Nassau County community has greater access to UF Health’s nationally recognized, high-quality care, programs and services.
Our success and growth is not possible without your ongoing commitment and dedication to our patients. Each of you plays a major role in our progress by providing high-level, compassionate care that makes us the region’s most valued health care asset.
Leon L. Haley Jr., MD, MHSA, CPE, FACEP