Like most others at the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville, the department of pediatrics has faced many challenges amid a global pandemic that has tested our reserve, sense of well-being and financial stability.
Throughout this crisis, our team of dedicated physicians, advanced practice providers, ancillary staff and administrative support staff have demonstrated remarkable perseverance, commitment and innovation to ensure we continue providing leading-edge treatments and lifesaving therapies. We have focused our efforts on strengthening access and prevention and reducing the burden of chronic diseases among children who are the most vulnerable and at risk for illness and injury.
Our department features 15 divisions that span inpatient and outpatient primary and specialty care. Some divisions run programs with strong community partnerships that have significantly impacted pediatric development, early learning and child advocacy and protection while reducing health disparities.
Notable updates within the department include:
GENERAL ACADEMIC PEDIATRICS
During the 2020 fiscal year, we increased the number of primary care practices to 12 with the opening of UF Health Family Medicine and Pediatrics – Nocatee and UF Health Pediatrics – Wildlight.
This division, which has advanced practice standardization across sites and undertaken several quality improvements, quickly and successfully transitioned to a telehealth platform during the pandemic. UF Health Pediatrics – San Jose began testing pediatric patients for suspected COVID-19.