Awards & Recognition

UF Health Shands Hospital also was listed as high performing in 7 specialties by USNWR.
University of Florida Health Shands Hospital has been recognized among the nation’s best hospitals in nine adult medical specialties. Overall, UF Health Shands Hospital was recognized as the top hospital in Florida. In addition to being ranked among the nation’s top 50 hospitals in nine specialties, UF Health Shands Hospital also was listed as “high performing” in seven specialties, including abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, colon cancer surgery, hip replacement, knee replacement, lung cancer surgery, heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD.

  • The University of Florida Health Shands Children’s Hospital is  the No. 1 children’s hospital in Florida and stands among the nation’s elite pediatric hospitals in eight medical specialties including a first-ever top 10 ranking in cardiology and a historically high ranking for pulmonology, according to the 2021-22 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings released by U.S. News & World Report. Every ranked medical specialty program improved its standing from last year and the eight ranked programs are the most for UF Health since 2016. The No. 7 ranking for pediatric cardiology punctuates 11 years among the nation’s top programs, including six consecutive years in the top 25. Seven other specialties made significant gains in the rankings, including pulmonology (No. 21), diabetes and endocrinology (No. 12), neurology and neurosurgery (No. 45), cancer (No. 45), urology (No. 46), neonatology (No. 47) and nephrology (No. 48). Overall, UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital is ranked No. 5 among pediatric hospitals in the nine-state southeast region.
  • UF Health Jacksonville ranked among the nation’s best in oral and maxillofacial surgery according to the 2020-21 U.S. News & World Report America’s Best Hospitals rankings. UF Health Jacksonville was also singled out as high-performing in the specialties of gastroenterology/gastroenterology surgery and urology, and in the patient care procedures/conditions of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, and heart failure.

ANCC Magnet

ANCC Magnet Designation

In summer 2018, UF Health Shands hospitals and programs achieved a fourth-consecutive Magnet designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) — the profession’s top recognition for quality patient outcomes and nursing excellence. Only 8 percent of hospitals and health systems nationwide have received Magnet designation, and only 41 out of 500 hospitals have four consecutive awards. UF Health Jacksonville received this honor in 2011 and subsequently in 2016. Each designation lasts four years.

Since 2003, the following UF Health hospitals and programs have earned Magnet designation from the ANCC: UF Health Shands, including UF Health Shands Hospital, UF Health Shands Cancer Hospital, UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital, UF Health Shands HomeCare, UF Health Shands Rehab Hospital, UF Health Psychiatric Hospital; UF Health Florida Surgical Center; UF Health Children’s Surgical Center; UF Health Endoscopy Center; UF Health Dialysis Center; UF Health Heart & Vascular Hospital; and UF Health Neuromedicine Hospital.

Best Employer Honors

UF Health ranks No. 12 on the Forbes’ list of Florida’s 100 best workplaces and No. 50 in the nation for female workers. The statewide Forbes list is based on surveys of more than 80,000 people who worked for companies with at least 500 employees. The surveys were conducted between October 2019 and May 2020. The Forbes list of best workplaces for women surveyed 75,000 people, including 45,000 women, at companies with more than 1,000 workers. They were queried in March and April. 

UF Health Shands was included in Indeed’s list of the 2019 Top-Rated Workplaces for hospitals, which recognizes the 25 “Best Hospitals” in the U.S. We are No. 20.

Top Hospital Honors

In 2020, UF Health Shands was listed among the Becker’s Healthcare list of 100 Great Hospitals in America. The organizations included are nationally recognized for excellence in clinical care, patient outcomes and staff and physician satisfaction, as well as patient satisfaction and industry innovation.

UF Health Shands was named to the 2020 Fortune/IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals list, the only health system in the southeastern U.S. in the “major teaching hospital” division of the Fortune/IBM Watson Health top 100 list. Hospitals on that list had better results on a wide array of indicators, including mortality, length of stay, patient experience, clinical outcomes and infections.

Lung transplant program receives top national honors

The UF Health Shands Hospital lung transplant program tops the list as the best in the United States for one-year risk-adjusted survival rates, according to the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients, SRTR.

SRTR annually evaluates transplant programs around the country for metrics whose importance to transplant candidates are intuitive: how many reach the one-year post-transplant survival mark, how quickly you can get a transplant and survival rates on the wait list.

Cancer Center of Excellence

In 2021, the UF Health Cancer Center was once again recognized as a state-designated Cancer Center of Excellence by the Florida governor’s office and the Florida Department of Health. The designation by the Florida Legislature recognizes hospitals and treatment centers that demonstrate excellence in patient-centered coordinated care for people undergoing cancer treatment and chemotherapy.

This is the Cancer Center’s third consecutive designation.

UF Health pediatric and adult ECMO program earns prestigious international award

In 2018, the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization gave UF Health its Gold Level ELSO Award for Excellence in Life Support for its exceptional care in using extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, or ECMO, in both the pediatric and adult programs.

UF Health joins Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation Care Center Network

UF Health was designated as a member of the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation’s Care Center Network in 2018, making it one of just 60 medical centers nationwide with the highest level of expertise and resources for the treatment of interstitial lung disease. The UF Health interstitial lung disease program serves a large geographic area in central and northern Florida, southern Georgia and southern Alabama. The closest member of the network is in Charleston, S.C., about 316 miles away.

Greening the OR Recognition Award

In recognition for its achievement and innovation in health care sustainability, UF Health Shands Hospital received the 2020 Greenhealth Partner for Change Award and the 2020 Greening the OR Recognition Award from Practice Greenhealth, the nation's leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in health care. 


In March 2015, UF Health Shands Hospital was awarded the Baby-Friendly designation by Baby-Friendly USA, a global initiative of the World Health Organization and UNICEF that recognizes birthing facilities that implement specific breastfeeding procedures.

AACN Beacon Awards for Excellence

UF Health Shands currently has three nursing care units with active Beacon Awards for Excellence issued by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses: the Pediatric ICU (gold), the Trauma/Lung Transplant Unit (gold), and the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (silver).

A Beacon Award — recognized at a gold, silver or bronze level — is a three-year designation that recognizes nursing teams that meet national criteria consistent with Magnet recognition by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and the National Quality Healthcare Award. The award identifies individual nursing units that promote healthy work environments conducive to collaboration, and collect and use evidence-based research to improve patient outcomes, patient and staff satisfaction and credibility. Beacon Award criteria include leadership structures and systems; appropriate staffing and staff engagement; effective communication, knowledge management, learning and development; and evidence-based practices and processes.

World-Class Care

  • The UF Health Science Center is a world leader in interdisciplinary research, and consistently generates more than 50 percent of UF's total research awards.
  • University of Florida Health Shands Hospital ranks among the nation’s best in nine specialties in the 2020-21 U.S. News & World Report “Best Hospitals” survey. No other Florida hospital has more than nine adult specialties ranked in the nation’s top 50, up from seven ranked specialties a year ago. And for the sixth year in a row, UF Health Shands is ranked in more adult and pediatric specialties combined than any other hospital in the state – a total of 12, factoring in the pediatric rankings released in June. UF Health Shands is ranked the No. 1 hospital in Florida, with its highest national rankings coming in geriatrics; nephrology; ear, nose and throat; pulmonology and lung surgery; and urology.
  • The UF Health Shands Comprehensive Stroke Center is certified by The Joint Commission and the American Stroke Association/American Heart Association. Comprehensive stroke center certification recognizes hospitals that have state-of-the-art infrastructure, experienced staff and extensive training to receive and treat people with simple and complex strokes. The UF Health Shands Comprehensive Stroke Center has been certified by The Joint Commission as a testament to meeting comprehensive stroke center standards and requirements, including advanced imaging capabilities, 24/7 availability of specialized treatments and staff with unique education and competency standards. The UF Health Shands Comprehensive Stroke Center is now part of an elite group of providers focused on quality stroke care. Comprehensive stroke centers are recognized as industry leaders and are responsible for setting the national agenda in expert stroke care.
  • UF Health Jacksonville is designated as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Agency for Health Care Administration; and is certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center with the Gold Seal of Approval™ by The Joint Commission. The hospital is also a recipient of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold (UF Health Jacksonville Gold Plus) Performance Achievement Award.

Community Support

  • A total of 1,167 employees donated to the 2020 UF Health Shands United Way of North Central Florida campaign to raise more than $252,000 for Floridians in need.
  • 2019 was the 9th year in a row that UF Health was the number one top fund raising company for the American Heart Association’s Alachua County Heart Walk, raising $47,229 with 1,200 registered walkers.
  • In 2019, 21 teams made up of 486 UF Health employees participated in the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk and raised more than $41,500 for the event – a record-breaking effort!