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.
Healthgrades America's Best Hospitals
In 2019, 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.
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.
U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals
In 2018, U.S. News & World Report recognized UF Health Jacksonville for high
performance in three specialties — diabetes and endocrinology, nephrology
and orthopedics — as well as high-performing for the treatment of chronic
obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, and heart failure.
Human Rights Campaign Foundation LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader
In 2019, UF Health Jacksonville was recognized as an LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation in their annual Healthcare Equality Index report.
The HEI evaluates and scores health care facilities’ policies and practices related to equity and inclusion of their LGBTQ patients, visitors and employees.
Unit Awards and Accreditations
Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI and Resuscitation (2016)
UF Health Jacksonville's Emergency Room and Cardiovascular Center were 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.
Healthgrades Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Failure (2016-2019)
Critical Care/Medical Intensive Care
Healthgrades Critical Care Excellence Award (2019)
Healthgrades' Critical Care Excellence Award recognizes hospitals for superior outcomes
in pulmonary embolism treatment, respiratory system failure treatment, sepsis treatment,
and treatment of diabetic emergencies. Healthgrades places UF Health Jacksonville
among the top 10 percent of hospitals in the nation for critical care.
Additional Healthgrades accolades:
- Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Resipratory Failure (2013-2019)
- Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Sepsis (2013-2019)
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.
- Healthgrades Five-Star Recipient for Esophageal/Stomach Surgeries (2017-2019)
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.
Healthgrades Cranial Neurosurgery Excellence Award (2019)
Healthgrades' Cranial Neurosurgery Excellence Award recognizes hospitals for superior
outcomes in cranial neurosurgery. Healthgrades places UF Health Jacksonville among
the top 10 percent of hospitals in the nation for cranial neurosurgery.
Additional Healthgrades accolades include:
- Five-Star Recipient for Cranial Neurosurgery (2019)
- Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Stroke (2018-2019)
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.