Awards and Recognition
ANCC Magnet® Recognition
In 2016, UF Health Jacksonville was renewed as a Magnet® organization
by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), having originally received the
designation in 2011. The Magnet program is nationally recognized as the gold standard
of nursing excellence. At the time of the award, approximately six percent of the
nation's health care organizations had received the credential.
The Magnet Recognition Program® was developed by the ANCC to recognize
healthcare organizations that provide nursing excellence and to disseminate successful
nursing practices and strategies. Nursing staff at Shands Jacksonville underwent
a rigorous and lengthy application and review process that demanded widespread participation
from leadership and staff.
Joint Commission Top Performer on Key Quality Measures
In 2015, UF Health Jacksonville was recognized as a 2014 Top Performer on Key Quality
Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations
in the United States, for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability
measure performance in five different categories: heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia,
surgical care and perinatal care. Less than a third of eligible hospitals in the
United States were able to achieve the 2014 Top Performer distinction.
Governor's Sterling Award
In 2008, Shands Jacksonville—as part of Shands HealthCare—was a recipient
of the Governor's Sterling Award, the state's most prestigious award for performance
excellence given to organizations and businesses in Florida that are role models
for improving the way they do business.
In recognition of our ongoing improvement, Shands Jacksonville received the Governor’s
Sterling Award for Sustained Performance Excellence in 2011.
Issued by the Florida Sterling Council, the Governor's Sterling Award is based on
the National Malcolm Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence.
NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home
In 2014, the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) designated University
of Florida Jacksonville Physicians and UF Health Jacksonville as Patient-Centered
Medical Home providers. UFJP and UF Health Jacksonville are the first health organizations
in Northeast Florida as well as the largest academic medical group in Florida to
receive this designation.
NCQA describes the Patient-Centered Medical Home as a model for care were providers
and patients, family members and caregivers partner together to achieve better outcomes.
Additional Awards & Accreditations
Commission on Cancer Accreditation
In 2009, Shands Jacksonville received a 3-year accreditation from the Commission
on Cancer as part of the American College of Surgeons Teaching Hospital Cancer Program.
This accreditation makes Shands Jacksonville the first Commission on Cancer-approved
teaching hospital in Northeast Florida.
Jean Byers Award for Excellence in Cancer Registration
In 2008, 2009 and 2010, Shands Jacksonville received the Jean Byers Award for Excellence
in Cancer Registration from the Florida Cancer Data System. The award acknowledges
the quality, timeliness and completeness in the reporting of cancer data to the
statewide cancer registry.
Emergency Medicine and Cardiovascular Center
Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI and Resuscitation
In 2016, UF Health Jacksonville was accredited as a Chest Pain Center with Primary
PCI and Resuscitation by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. This is the
highest available designation for chest pain centers and, at the time of the announcement,
UF Health Jacksonville was one of only 24 hospitals in the country and the first
in Florida to hold this prestigious designation. To receive the primary PCI and
resuscitation designation, hospitals are required to have staff on duty or just
minutes from the facility to treat patients with the most serious heart attacks;
be equipped with a robust hypothermia program for follow-up treatment; maintain
a “no-diversion policy” for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest patients; and have a
separate Multidisciplinary Resuscitation Committee with representatives from EMS,
emergency medicine, nursing, surgery and administration.
Medical Intensive Care Unit
Silver Beacon Award (2017-2020)
In 2017, the Medical Intensive Care Unit at UF Health Jacksonville was recognized
as a Silver Beacon Unit by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. The
Beacon Award for Excellence honors individual hospital units that set the standard
in evidence-based practices to improve patient and family outcomes, as well as staff
and patient satisfaction.
Center for Comprehensive MS Care
In 2015, the Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Program at the UF Health Neurosicence
Institute was recognized by the National MS Society for offering a multi-disciplinary
model of care to address the often complex needs of many people with MS. They offer
access to a full array of medical, psycho-social and rehabilitation services delivered
in a coordinated fashion where providers share common goals for patient outcomes.
Comprehensive Stroke Center
In 2007, the Shands Jacksonville Comprehensive Stroke Program became the first stroke
program in North Florida to receive accreditation as a Comprehensive Stroke Center
from the Agency for Health Care Administration.
Primary Stroke Center & Gold Seal of Approval for Stroke Care
In 2004, the Shands Jacksonville Comprehensive Stroke Program received the Gold
Seal of Approval for stroke care from the Joint Commission, as well as certification
as a Primary Stroke Center.
Orthopaedic Surgery & Rehabilitation
Blue Distinction® Center for Knee and Hip Replacement
In 2013, Florida Blue named UF Health Jacksonville as a Blue Distinction Center
in the areas of knee and hip replacement. The Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty
Care® program is a national designation awarded by Blue Cross and Blue Shield
companies to medical facilities that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality
TraumaOne Trauma Center
ACS Verified Trauma Center (2018-2021)
In 2018, the UF Health TraumaOne Trauma Center received verification from the American
College of Surgeons, a distinction given only to trauma centers that meet the most
stringent criteria. Trauma center verification is an evaluation process by the ACS
to evaluate and improve trauma care. The ACS verifies the presence of the resources
listed in its guidelines, which includes commitment, readiness, resources, policies,
patient care and performance improvement. At the time of the award, UF Health was
one of only five Level I trauma centers in Florida to be ACS-verified.