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Awards and Recognition

ANCC Magnet 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

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

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 (HEI) 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

Cardiovascular Center

  • Chest Pain Center Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI and Resuscitation (2016-2019)
    UF Health Jacksonville’s Emergency Room and Cardiovascular Center has been re-accredited by the American College of Cardiology as a Chest Pain Center of Excellence with a Primary PCI and Resuscitation Accreditation. Hospitals that have earned this accreditation have proven exceptional competency in treating patients with heart attack symptoms and have primary percutaneous coronary intervention, or PCI, available 24/7 every day of the year. They comply with standard Chest Pain Center protocols and are equipped with a robust hypothermia program for post-cardiac arrest treatment. Only 92 hospitals in the country are accredited as a Chest Pain Center of Excellence, and UF Health Jacksonville was the first in Florida to achieve this distinction four years ago.

  • 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)
  • AACN Beacon Award for Excellence 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)

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.

  • 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)


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

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.