Children's Hospital Expansion

Beginning January 2016, the neonatal intensive care unit at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital will undergo an expansion to grow the number of beds that can accommodate the hospital’s tiniest, most vulnerable patients.

Transformation of the adjacent NICU II and NICU III units form a combined 12,632 square feet to a total of 20,844 square feet. There will be 16 new care pods — adding eight level III beds (increasing from 22 to 30) and eight level II beds (increasing from 30 to 38) — as well as four private rooms that accommodate family members.

Additionally, there will be a dedicated neonatal neuro intensive care unit section to monitor and care for infants with brain injury. The unit will also have dedicated breastfeeding areas, and a warm and comforting design with a nature theme in harmony with the rest of the children’s hospital. READ MORE »


ChORD Half Marathon/5K

The ChORD Half Marathon/5K, benefiting the division of genetics and metabolism at the UF College of Medicine, will be held Saturday, Oct. 17 and will start and finish at the UF Cultural Plaza Parking Lot. Funds raised from the half marathon/5K will directly benefit areas of greatest need, including nutrition education, low-protein cooking demonstrations, sibling meet-and-greet events, and scholarships for metabolic camps.

The division of genetics and metabolism provides comprehensive clinical services to children and adults referred for the evaluation of genetic disorders. The mission is to effectively teach medical genetics to students and residents at all levels of their training, to conduct clinical and molecular-based genetics research, and to provide expert clinical evaluations to patients referred to the University of Florida and its affiliated health programs. For more information, click here.

Early registration ends Sept. 30! Click here to sign up today and help make a difference for our patients!


Miracle Jeans Day

One in 10 kids in North America is treated at a Children's Miracle Network Hospital each year. Every single day, nearly 16,000 children visit the emergency rooms of our 170 member hospitals. Since 2009, Miracle Jeans Day has encouraged groups and individuals to trade their traditional work attire for jeans and help raise funds for kids treated at their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Since its inception, Miracle Jeans Day has raised more than $2 million to help fund lifesaving medical needs in Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Wearing jeans may lead to a more comfortable day in the office for you, but on Miracle Jeans Day it also generates hope for families relying on the services of a CMN Hospital. A simple $5 donation could supply 10 diapers for a premature baby. A $25 donation could provide five baby blankets. Best of all, your donation stays local to help kids in your area.

There are multiple ways that you can participate in Miracle Jeans Day. Whether you'd like to donate through merchandise, create an online fundraising page, or participate offline, all of the funds raised will be donated to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

But Miracle Jeans Day shouldn’t end with you; the more people you recruit for your team — the more lives we can save.