The University of Florida and Shands are expanding their presence in northwest Gainesville—with a major new medical office building opening and with plans to develop a freestanding emergency room in the area.
The $35.5 million UF&Shands at Springhill building is four stories tall and totals 111,600 square feet.
The building, located at Northwest 39th Avenue and Northwest 89th Boulevard, houses UF Physicians practices in neurology, cardiology, psychiatry, dermatology and women’s health.
For the new emergency department, Shands and UF are remodeling an existing building and adding medical equipment at a cost of $10 million.
The new ER, which will open in July, is expected to serve 25,000 patients a year. This compared to 90,000 at the Shands Critical Care Center, located at the Shands Cancer Hospital.
The new ER, located at at 8475 NW 39th Ave., will be designed to treat patients in a streamlined manner with minimal wait times, says Edward Jimenez, Shands at UF senior vice president and chief operating officer.
Shands is creating the new ER to serve the growing population in the northern and western parts of the Gainesville area, Jimenez says.