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UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital ranked among nation's best

U.S. News & World Report recognized UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital as one of the nation’s best hospitals for children in seven medical specialties. Listed in the annual Best Children’s Hospitals rankings for 2015-16 are diabetes and endocrinology, cardiology and heart surgery, cancer, pulmonology, neonatology, nephrology and gastroenterology.

U.S. News’ Best Children’s Hospitals rankings list the top 50 hospitals in each of 10 specialties, including cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and GI surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology. UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital was one of 83 hospitals across the country that U.S. News ranked in at least one of these specialties.

“There is no greater honor than to care for children in need of special services that few academic centers can provide,” said Scott Rivkees, M.D., chairman of the UF College of Medicine department of pediatrics and physician-in-chief of the UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital. “To meet our special obligation to children, we continue to add world-class faculty members to our programs. We are delighted to be recognized again in the upper echelon of top pediatric hospitals.”

UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital was the highest-ranked Florida hospital for diabetes and endocrinology as well as for cancer, which rose from being ranked 41st nationally last year.

The full rankings and methodology are available online and will be published in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2016” guidebook, which will be available Sept. 1.

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Capes offer UF Health patients an imaginary edge

Up, up and away! Pediatric patients at UF Health Shands Children's Hospital are using their newfound imaginary superpowers to fight real-life illnesses thanks to their empowerment capes.

Capes for Shands Kids is a program dedicated to providing children with capes to make them feel like superheroes and enjoy their stay at the hospital.

"Imagination is very therapeutic," said Sibet Grantham, a UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine volunteer and the person behind Capes for Shands Kids. "If you don't think you will ever get out of here, you have to be able to imagine you can fly right out of here." Read more.

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Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are

This year Dairy Queen is celebrating Miracle Treat Day with even more magic. On Thursday, July 30, $1 or more from every Blizzard Treat purchased at participating DQ stores will be donated to UF Health Shands Children's Hospital to help children in need. Together we can provide hope and healing to sick and injured children in our community! Visit these participating locations near you:

• Gainesville (NW 39th Ave)

• Gainesville (Archer Road)

• Live Oak

• Newberry

• Cross City

• Mount Dora

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Corey Brewer Youth Basketball Camp 

Are you looking for a fun, healthy activity for your kids this summer? Professional basketball player and former Gator player Corey Brewer is hosting his 6th annual Back2Back Youth Basketball Camp Aug. 3-5 at Buchholz High School. Open to boys and girls aged 9-18, the camp promises three full days of lectures, drill stations, games, contests and more. With proceeds benefiting the Diabetes Institute at the University of Florida, participants support a great cause while learning and playing alongside the NCAA and NBA Champion! To learn more, click here.

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