Timely news from UF Health Jacksonville | Winter 2021
Timely News and Updates
Moving Medicine Forward One Step at a Time — A Letter from the CEO and Dean

I hope you enjoyed the holidays safely and have returned feeling refreshed and ready to take on a new year.

There are great things in store for our enterprise in 2021. We are moving forward with future plans, upgrades and expansions across Jacksonville that put us closer to achieving our vision of being the region’s most valued health care asset. Last year, we were faced with unexpected challenges, forcing us to pivot, change processes and, in some cases, change the way we did business. However, thanks to the efforts, innovative ideas and hard work of faculty and staff, we made it through and have come out on the other side stronger... 

To read full letter, click here.
Building a 150-Year Legacy — The Evolution of UF Health Jacksonville from 1870 to 2020 
By: Ennis Davis

During the late 19th century, asylums were commonly built in areas outside towns and cities to remove highly contagious tuberculosis patients from their home environments, and to provide fresh air in a rustic setting. In a once-rural area of Jacksonville, the first of several medical institutions that would eventually combine to form UF Health Jacksonville was born.

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COVID-19 Vaccinations and Updates

As federal and Florida COVID-19 vaccination plans continue to evolve, we’ll update keep you informed on:
  • Availability
  • Safety  
  • Science
Click here to visit the UF Health COVID-19 website.
UF Health Jacksonville First in Florida to Administer COVID-19 Vaccine

A group of 10 front-line health care workers at UF Health Jacksonville were believed to be the first in Florida, and possibly the Southeast, to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 14, 2020.

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Community Support — A Two-Way Street

Community support is a two-way street. As Duval County Public Schools has been supportive of our care providers, we have offered COVID-19 guidance to the District and parents and families during the pandemic. Pictured is some heartfelt gratitude we received from our neighbors at Andrew A. Robinson Elementary. We are truly grateful for their smiles and proud of their academic achievements.
UF Health Primary Care Centers Near You

UF Health physicians and other providers offer services for patients across Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia during every stage of life, from pediatrics to geriatrics. 
Services in many of our practices include annual checkups, well-baby visits, sports physicals and disease prevention, as well as management of chronic medical conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes and depression. 
Because we are affiliated with the University of Florida, patients have access to all of the benefits of an academic health center, including advanced medical treatment from UF cardiologists, neurologists, rheumatologists and orthopaedic surgeons, as well as the latest in leading-edge research.

Click here to find a UF Health provider near you.
NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home

The National Committee for Quality Assurance has designated UF Health Jacksonville primary care centers as Patient-Centered Medical Home providers.
UF Health Jacksonville was the first health organization in Northeast Florida, as well as the largest academic medical group in the state, 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.
Cardiologist Dominick Angiolillo Remains One of the World’s Most Influential Researchers

Dominick Angiolillo, MD, PhD, FACC, professor of medicine and director of cardiovascular research at the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville, remains one of the world’s most influential researchers, according to Clarivate.

Clarivate tracks the number of times scientists are cited in science and social science journals worldwide. Its Highly Cited Researchers list for 2020 accounts for citations over an 11-year span, from the start of 2009 through 2019, and features the scientists who rank in the top 1% of their respective field.

Angiolillo, who appears in the clinical medicine category, has published more than 500 peer-reviewed manuscripts and has been cited nearly 39,000 times throughout his career. He has also made the Highly Cited Researchers list in all seven years of its existence.
“In 2020, fewer than 6,200, or about 0.1%, of the world’s researchers, in 21 research fields and across multiple fields, have earned this exclusive distinction,” Clarivate wrote in a letter to Angiolillo, who is the only UF faculty member recognized in clinical medicine this year. “You are among this elite group recognized for your exceptional research influence.”

Click here to read about some of Dr. Angiolillo’s recent research. 
Community Heroes
Caring for Our Communities Most Vulnerable

The Urban Health Alliance will help improve the well-being of the local community.
By: Ross Jones, MD
Nationwide, academic health centers have been using their expertise and resources to transform the health of area neighborhoods. The Urban Health Alliance will serve as a vehicle to improve the health of this community.
I will act as a convener to establish and maintain equitable, impactful and sustainable partnerships with community stakeholders. While it aims to improve the health of all residents in Jacksonville and surrounding areas, the initial focus is on the immediate communities surrounding our downtown campus, located in Health Zone 1.
The alliance’s leadership team has strong expertise in a variety of fields tied to community engagement. Lori Bilello, PhD, MBA, MHS, is nationally known for community-based health program planning and development work and has evaluated community-based programs for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Humana Foundation, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

To support this program, click here.
UF Health Jacksonville is Proud to be a
Children’s Miracle Network Hospital
UF Health Jacksonville received approximately $600,000 in funds in 2020 thanks to generous community support of Children’s Miracle Network. This support allowed UF Health Jacksonville to purchase equipment for the Pediatric Emergency Department, NICU and pediatric programs. 

DATE: Feb. 6, 2021

TIME: 6:30 p.m.

VIRTUAL LOCATION: Click here to watch on YouTube

ATTIRE: Living Room Chic

SUPPORT HEREOES — BID ON SILENT AUCTION ITEMS: Click here to register and bid
Youre Invited to a COVID-19 Community Briefing with Dr. Leon L. Haley Jr.

Save the Date: Thursday, Feb. 11
We invite you to join a COVID-19 Community Briefing on Thursday, Feb. 11
at 10 a.m. This will be an opportunity to hear about our COVID-19 efforts as well as other matters at UF Health Jacksonville. 

To learn more, please contact Crystal Ranns at Crystal.Ranns@jax.ufl.edu 
or call 904.244.1090.
Gator Nation News
Let’s do it again! Last year, in a unified show of Gator goodness, thousands of University of Florida alumni, students, faculty, staff, friends and families set a record during Stand Up & Holler, the second annual Gator Nation Giving Day. On Feb. 18, 2021, we call upon Gators everywhere to once again stand up for UF by making a gift of any size to the college, unit, research area or program that means the most to you. Our goal this year is ambitious — 20,000 gifts in 24 hours — but every donation supports UF’s far-reaching work and our drive to the Top 5 of public universities.
Almost a year after COVID-19 turned The Gator Nation and rest of the world upside down, UF is looking for a return to the familiar this spring — or at least as close to it as the pandemic will safely allow...
Homecomings are a cherished tradition at schools throughout the nation. The origins of the homecoming tradition are hotly debated, but the first homecoming celebrations in the United States were held sometime around 1910...

In the best of times, health and behavioral changes can be hard to make and stick to long term. Compound that with the complications of the pandemic, such as working from home, homeschooling children, avoiding social events and the like, and it may feel impossible to attempt and keep virtually any New Year’s resolution. This is why a change of approach is in order. Here are tips to consider...

Important Dates to Remember
Feb. 6, 2021 – A Night for Heroes (virtual) Gala. Watch live and bid on silent auction items
Feb. 18, 2021Gator Nation Giving Day. Learn more about this new tradition click here
March 16, 2021 – UF Health Jacksonville Leadership Council meeting
March 30, 2021 – National Doctors’ Day
Give Today. Heal Tomorrow.

At the UF College of Medicine – Jacksonville, philanthropy has been the bedrock for thriving research, excellence in patient care and extraordinary educational leadership. Contributions, at both the individual and corporate level, have propelled the mission of the college forward to national prominence. 

If you’d like to learn more about scholarships or talk with a gift officer about making a contribution, please reach out to our office by emailing Development@jax.ufl.edu. Thank you for your consideration.