UF Health Shands Hospital | 100 Great Hospitals in America 2015

UF Health Shands Hospital (Gainesville, Fla.). UF Health Shands Hospital is named for William Augustine Shands, a Florida senator who attended the University of Florida in the early 1900s. UF Health Shands Hospital opened originally as UF Teaching Hospital in 1958 and was renamed as W.A. Shands Teaching Hospital and Clinics in 1965 in the senator's honor for establishing a teaching hospital in Gainesville.

Now, nearly 900 UF College of Medicine and community physicians as well as roughly 8,000 nursing and support staff members provide care at UF Health Shands Hospital. The hospital also contains two specialty hospitals: UF Health Shands Cancer Hospital and UF Health Shands Children's Hospital.

U.S. News & World Report ranks Shands as the No. 3 hospital in Florida, and the hospital is home to several firsts in the state, like the first adult and pediatric kidney transplants in 1966, the first adult and pediatric lung transplants in 1994 and 1996 and the state's first radiosurgery in 1988, to name a few. It is also one of just seven hospitals in Florida to receive Baby-Friendly designation from Baby-Friendly USA.

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