Trauma Center

The UF Health Level I Trauma Center provides care for patients with traumatic critical injuries. The care provided is rendered by a multidisciplinary team that includes pre-hospital personnel, University of Florida trauma surgeons, consult physicians, nurses and ancillary staff.

For trauma patients, getting proper care within the first hour of injury greatly increases the chance of survival. With the addition of a Level I Trauma Center, professionals at UF Health are able to provide trauma care not only for patients in the Gainesville area, but for areas as far as Tallahassee, Jacksonville and Orlando.

Quality Initiative

The UF Health Level I Trauma Center will provide complete medical attention to its patients by providing clinical monitoring, multidisciplinary conferences and committees that ensure top quality care.

Community Outreach

UF Health offers education to its community in all ways possible. By providing health fairs, blood drives and much more, Shands works hard to maintain a close-knit community with their public.

Trauma Center Objectives

  • Provide initial resuscitative care required for critically injured patients
  • Provide easy accessibility to radiology, blood banks, and laboratory services and operating rooms
  • Provide necessary intensive care – both diagnostic and therapeutic – for all trauma patients admitted to Shands at the University of Florida
  • Provide outreach activities on trauma prevention, including public education and continuing education for staff, physicians, nurses, allied health personnel and community physicians
  • Provide all necessary team coordination in cases of complex, multisystem trauma
  • Provide clinical experience and teaching for residents, nurses, physician extenders, emergency medical technicians and other allied health care professionals
  • Perform trauma research designed to produce new knowledge applicable to the care of injured patients

Trauma Service Area

Shands Trauma Area Map

Trauma Research