UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital

Our team of pediatric hospitalists is devoted to the quality and safety
of each patient we treat. As the stewards of care for hospitalized
children, our faculty and staff believe there is nothing more
important than the health and well-being of our patients. We are
dedicated to making the inpatient environment safe and strive to
consistently meet and exceed national standards for clinical care,
patient safety, outstanding service and patient satisfaction.

Our highly skilled and caring staff bring our patients the latest
technology and leading-edge treatments while fostering a culture
of safety and excellence. As a result, we are consistently one of the
top-rated children’s hospitals in the state.

UF Health Shands Children's Hospital

Funding Initiatives and Priorities

Quality and Safety

As the stewards of care for hospitalized children, our faculty and staff believe there is nothing more important than the health and well-being of our patients. We are dedicated to making the inpatient environment safe and strive to consistently meet and exceed national standards for clinical care, patient safety, outstanding service and patient satisfaction. By pursuing the newest and best technologies, hiring and retaining a highly skilled staff and promoting a culture of safety and excellence, UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital has forged an impressive quality record.

Asthma

With more than 4.6 million children suffering from pediatric asthma, this prevalent chronic illness is the leading cause of emergency department visits, missed school days and healthcare expenditures, making it a significant public health concern. At UF Health, we take a multidisciplinary approach in caring for patients with asthma. The pediatric asthma center for excellence, or PACE group includes representatives from pediatric emergency room, pediatric hospitalist team, pulmonary specialties, nursing and respiratory specialties. Learn how our work in fostering teamwork between families and providers, the implementation our bedside asthma action plan have decreased our patient’s length of stay.

MotoMeds

The MotoMeds pediatric call center and mobile pharmacy service prevents pre-emergent illnesses such as fever and diarrhea from transitioning into emergencies during the nighttime hours — a critical healthcare service where medical resources are often prohibitively expensive and inaccessible in places like Haiti.

Eat, Sleep, Console

In 2019, we piloted a new assessment and care tool called, Eat, Sleep, and Console, or ESC, to improve management and outcomes for infants by optimizing non-pharmacological interventions for Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome, or NOWS. Our results have demonstrated several positive outcomes including a decrease in infant length of stay and hospital costs, an increase in referrals to community-based services and an increase in referrals to services for unmet needs of birth parents with opioid use disorder.

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To provide support to one or more of these initiatives, please contact Heather Mears at Heather.Mears@shands.ufl.edu or (352) 265-7286.

Statistics for 2023

56,136 Total inpatient days

66 # of Florida counties our patients represent

50 # of states our patients represent

28 different medical specialties involved in coordinating care

7 # of countries our patients represent