Please note, patient visitors will be limited to no more than one for the patient’s entire hospital stay or visit. Children under the age of 18 will no longer be allowed as visitors. For more information on our ongoing response to COVID-19 in Gainesville, Jacksonville, and Central Florida, visit our coronavirus website.Click to learn more
Children’s Hospital Association
UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital is a member of the Children’s Hospital Association, formerly known as the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions. The Children’s Hospital Association advances child health through innovation in the quality, cost and delivery of care. Representing 223 children’s hospitals, the Association is the voice of children’s hospitals nationally. It champions public policies that enable hospitals to better serve children and is the premier resource for pediatric data and analytics, driving improved clinical and operational performance of member hospitals.
UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital Partners
Children's Miracle Network
UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital is part of the Children's Miracle Network's alliance of premier hospitals for children. Children’s Miracle Network is an international non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for and awareness of children’s hospitals. Children’s Miracle Network’s founding pledge, to keep all donations in the area in which they were raised, remains at the core of its philosophy. Throughout the year, fundraising events are conducted through a coalition of hospital employees, media partners, civic organizations and volunteers working together to ensure the health of kids in their community. Each year, different events in Gainesville, Ocala, Tallahassee, West Palm Beach, Orlando and South Georgia help raise money and awareness for the pediatric programs and work carried on at Shands. Events such as radiothons, dance marathons, golf tournaments, art auctions, trail rides, and balloon campaigns helped raise money for the kids at Shands. In addition, funds are raised through partnerships with many national and local corporate sponsors.
March of Dimes
Every year in the United States, nearly half a million babies are born too soon, 29,000 of them right here in Florida. With your help, we work to improve the health of babies and support families if something does go wrong. Through programs and services in communities across Florida, the March of Dimes promotes healthy pregnancies and babies, and works to prevent premature birth and birth defects. We educate moms and support families in need.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Central Florida
Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Central Florida assists families with seriously ill children being treated at area medical facilities through our two programs, the Ronald McDonald House located in Gainesville, Florida and the Ronald McDonald Family Room located at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Central Florida provides the opportunity for thousands of families who travel to Gainesville, Florida each year to take advantage of the medical expertise at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital while staying near their ill children.