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About UF Health The Villages® Hospital

In November 2000, a ground-breaking ceremony for The Villages® Regional Hospital was held on El Camino Real, the site of a former buffalo pasture. On July 15, 2002, the Hospital opened its doors as a $38 million, 60-bed hospital. The need for an even larger hospital became apparent shortly after its opening. Fortunately, the facility was designed with shelled space for future expansion. In November 2007, the first expansion was completed, creating a total of 198 patient beds. Overall services also grew to include neurosurgery, spinal surgery, and cardiac catheterization using the world’s first Philips Ambient Experience Catheterization Lab. In 2009, the first endovascular repair of thoracic aortic aneurysm was performed and in October 2011, The Villages® Regional Hospital became a certified stroke center.

In January of 2008, The Villages® Regional Hospital and sister hospital, Leesburg Regional Medical Center (opened in 1963), announced a system name that collectively identified them as Central Florida Health Alliance. Each hospital kept its individual name while sharing a common commitment to quality care and service excellence. Central Florida Health Alliance was renamed Central Florida Health in 2016.

UF Health Central Florida, formerly known as Central Florida Health and acquired by University of Florida Health in January 2020, is an award-winning, not-for-profit health care system and the largest, most comprehensive provider of health care services in the region. UF Health Central Florida cares for patients in Lake, Sumter, and Marion counties through inpatient acute hospital services at UF Health The Villages® Hospital and UF Health Leesburg Hospital, inpatient rehabilitation services at UF Health The Villages® Rehabilitation Hospital, adult inpatient psychiatric services at the UF Health Leesburg Hospital Senior Behavioral Health Center and diagnostic laboratory services at several locations.

Today, UF Health The Villages® Hospital is a 307-bed acute care hospital that has been serving residents of The Villages® as well as patients in Lake, Sumter and Marion counties since 2002. The hospital’s teams of physicians and clinical staff work together to offer specialty services, advanced technology and clinical studies — bringing world-class health care closer to you and your loved ones. In addition to being accredited by The Joint Commission, UF Health The Villages® Hospital has been recognized for excellence in patient care and workplace health. The American College of Cardiology awarded UF Health The Villages® Hospital with its highest Chest Pain Center accreditation and U.S. News & World Report has rated several of the hospital's clinical areas as 'High Performing.' In 2019, Becker's Hospital Review named UF Health The Villages® Hospital on its list of the 150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare.