Awards and Recognition

ANCC Magnet Recognition

ANCC Magnet Recognition (2021, 2016, 2011)

In 2021, UF Health Jacksonville was renewed as a Magnet organization by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), having originally received the designation in 2011 and again in 2016. 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 health care organizations that provide nursing excellence and to disseminate successful nursing practices and strategies. Nursing staff at UF Health Jacksonville underwent a rigorous and lengthy application and review process that demanded widespread participation from leadership and staff.

U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals

In 2021, U.S. News & World Report nationally ranked UF Health Jacksonville as 39th in the nation in ear, nose and throat, an amalgam of services provided by UF Health's Otolaryngology and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery departments.

U.S. News also recognized the organization for high performance high performance in:

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD
  • Diabetes
  • Heart attack
  • Heart failure
  • Kidney failure
  • Pneumonia
  • Stroke
  • Urology

Healthgrades America's Best Hospitals (2021, 2020, 2019)

In 2021, UF Health Jacksonville was recognized as one of "America's 250 Best Hospitals" by Healthgrades, a national organization that analyzes the performance of hospitals across the country. UF Health Jacksonville was among the top 5 percent nationwide in overall clinical excellence. The organization has also been recognized for superior clinical outcomes in the following specialties:

  • Coronary Intervention Excellence Award (2021)
  • Cranial Neurosurgery Excellence Award (2021, 2019)
  • Pulmonary Care Excellence Award (2021)

NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home

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 wh0ere providers and patients, family members and caregivers partner together to achieve better outcomes.

LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader

Human Rights Campaign Foundation LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader (2022, 2020, 2019)

In 2022, UF Health Jacksonville was recognized as an LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation in their annual Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) report. This was the second year in a row that the organization has not only received the honor, but also achieved a perfect score.

The HEI evaluates and scores health care facilities’ policies and practices related to equity and inclusion of their LGBTQ patients, visitors and employees.

Chest Pain Center of Excellence Logo

Chest Pain Center of Excellence (2021, 2020, 2019, 2018)

The American College of Cardiology has once again awarded UF Health Jacksonville as a Chest Pain Center of Excellence with a Primary PCI and Resuscitation Accreditation.

Obtaining this accreditation was a team effort, as multiple departments demonstrated how they seamlessly work together to provide exceptional treatment for patients with heart attack symptoms.

Unit Awards and Accreditations

Cardiovascular Center

Chest Pain - MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award
  • Chest Pain-MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award (2021)
    The American College of Cardiology’s Chest Pain–MI Registry Achievement Award recognizes hospitals participating in the registry who have demonstrated sustained, top-level performance in quality of care and adherence to guideline recommendations. Through full participation in the registry, hospitals engage in a robust quality improvement process, using data to drive improvements and positively impact outcomes for heart attack patients.

Cancer Center

Commission on Cancer Accreditation
  • Commission on Cancer Accreditation (2021-2024)
    UF Health Jacksonville received a three-year accreditation from the Commission on Cancer, a quality program of the American College of Surgeons. To earn the accreditation, UF Health Jacksonville’s cancer program met 34 quality care standards which focus on excellence in the delivery of comprehensive patient-centered care. The Commission on Cancer singled out UF Health Jacksonville for taking a multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer as a complex group of diseases that requires consultation among surgeons, medical, radiation and diagnostic oncologists, pathologists and other cancer specialists, a collaboration that leads to better outcomes for the patient.

Critical Care/Medical Intensive Care

AACN Beacon Award for Excellence
  • Silver Beacon Award (2022-2023)
    In 2022, 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.

Neuroscience Institute

  • Center for Comprehensive MS Care (2018)
    The Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Program at the UF Health Neurosicence Institute was recertified 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 (2019)
    The Comprehensive Stroke Center was certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by DNV GL Healthcare, an organization dedicated to helping health care facilities worldwide achieve excellence by improving quality and outcomes. The DNV GL Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification is based on standards set forth by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association.


CAP Accredited Laboratory
  • CAP-Accredited Laboratory (2012-2020)
    The UF Health Jacksonville Pathology Department has received accreditation from the College of American Pathologists.


  • Silver Beacon Award (2022-2023)
    In 2022, the Neonatal 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.

TraumaOne Trauma Center

American College of Surgeons Verified 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.