UF Health, Flagler Health+ announce merger

An agreement to be signed this summer will see Flagler Health+ integrate into UF Health later this year.
Courtesy of UF Health

On Tuesday, an announcement was made that Flagler Health+ reached an agreement and will integrate into UF Health later this year.

The UF Health release stated, “In February, the Flagler Health+ Board of Trustees and leadership team selected UF Health as the like-minded organization it wanted to move forward with to enhance local health care services and expand access to care in the community.”

The two organizations are slated to close on the deal this summer.

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“UF Health is uniquely positioned to bring much-needed top-flight service to Northeast Florida and to ensure that all of the region’s residents have access to the very best health care available,” said UF President Ben Sasse in the press release. “Florida’s population growth is remarkable, and Flagler and St. Johns are among the state’s 10 fastest-growing counties. This agreement builds on Flagler’s long tradition of caring for the community and positions UF to offer the latest breakthroughs in pursuit of ensuring Floridians can enjoy the quality of life they deserve.”

Dr. David R. Nelson, senior vice president for health affairs at UF and president of UF Health, added that it is an exciting time for UF Health.

“Throughout our discussions, a constant has been the desire to deliver outstanding health care to the people in the area,” Nelson said. “UF Health will bring its unique capabilities as an academic health system, with technologically advanced care focused on world-class outcomes, research opportunities including clinical trials, and training programs for the next generation of care providers, to build upon the Flagler Health+ legacy of meeting the health care needs of the residents of Flagler, St. Johns, Putnam, Clay and Duval counties.”

Flagler Health+ CEO Carlton DeVoogth said the future looks bright.

“At the time we made our initial selection, we were confident that UF Health matched our longstanding commitment to our community and our dedication to our team members, providers and patients,” DeVooght said. “Our discussions in reaching this definitive agreement have cemented our initial impressions. We look forward to joining the UF Health family.”

Flagler Health+ is an extension of Flagler Hospital, a 335-bed hospital located in St. Augustine.

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