As we near the end of 2022, it’s a good time to reflect on this past year and look to the future. I’m incredibly proud of what our enterprise has accomplished this year. From a groundbreaking to new locations opening, we have taken added steps toward expanding our footprint across Northeast Florida.
Earlier this year, UF Health Jacksonville leaders and executives gathered to break ground on the second inpatient hospital tower at UF Health North. The new tower will include six floors and 124 patient rooms, with two of those floors dedicated to patients who require acute physical therapy.
In November, we celebrated the opening of UF Health East with a ribbon-cutting event. The new medical office, located off Kernan Blvd. at J. Turner Butler Blvd., offers multispecialty services, including an outpatient surgery center and an MRI.
Lastly, we recently held an open house for our new UF Health Deerwood Park location. This facility is convenient to Gate Parkway and St. Johns Town Center, and it also offers multispecialty services that include cardiology, internal medicine, ophthalmology and more.
These successes are a great way to end the year, and it doesn’t stop there. We are kicking off 2023 with the openings of our three new hybrid emergency and urgent care centers. UF Health Emergency & Urgent Care Centers will have a full-service emergency department open 24 hours a day and an urgent care open in the same building seven days a week. The new locations will be on New Kings Road near Dunn Avenue on the Northside, on Lane Avenue south of I-10 on the Westside, and near Baymeadows Road East just off I-295. Stay tuned for more information on these locations.
This is a just a glimpse of what we have accomplished, but each and every day, you make a difference with the life-changing care you provide to our patients and their families.
It is an honor and a privilege to serve as your CEO. Thank you for what you do, and I wish you joy this holiday season and a happy new year.
Russell E. Armistead, MBA
CEO, UF Health Jacksonville