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Welcome to the new UF Health Jacksonville history website. As you can imagine, compiling photos, articles and other materials that tell our 150-year story is a large undertaking, to say the least. This project began nearly 18 months ago and has taken a small village to piece it together — and we are still adding more items. Please check back frequently to see what’s new.

Celebrating 150 Years of Caring for the Community

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Roots of the City’s First Hospital Date Back to 1870

As a vital part of the community for 150 years, we have met our patients’ needs with groundbreaking medical innovation, research, education, new technologies and more. Some of our greatest achievements and medical advancements include the city’s first open heart surgery, radiation oncology program, hemodialysis unit, pediatric cardiology and neonatology programs. We also changed the standard for emergency medicine in Florida when we opened the state’s first trauma center.

One of the most significant events in our history was the establishment of the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville, positioning us as the region’s premier academic health center. We attract world-renowned physicians and scientists who teach, practice and research at an institution with nationally recognized residency and fellowship programs.

Today, we are a thriving hub for health care. Our faculty and staff are dedicated to our mission to heal, to comfort, to educate and to discover. Every day brings a new challenge and a new opportunity to deliver a level of care not found anywhere else. We look forward to continuing to make history for the next 150 years.

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Celebrating 150 Years

From our humble beginning as Duval Hospital and Asylum to making history with new health care breakthroughs as UF Health Jacksonville, our unrelenting goal to provide high-quality patient care has not changed.

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Thank you to our experts

UF Health Jacksonville would like to thank the following experts for assisting our internal team with gathering and verifying historical information:

Adrienne Burke, AICP, Esq., former trustee for the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation and Florida Public Archaeology Network board member
Ennis Davis, AICP, trustee for the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation and American Planning Association Florida First Coast section chair
Emily Retherford Lisska, president of the Florida Historical Society
Mary Bennett Harvey, APR, public relations consultant