Shands to shift pediatrics from AGH back to Shands
Published: Friday, January 18, 2008 at 5:14 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 18, 2008 at 5:14 p.m.
Shands HealthCare will relocate pediatric services at Shands AGH to Shands
UF, CEO Tim Goldfarb has announced.
Meantime, Shands AGH will return to its role as an adult hospital, Goldfarb
"We have decided to reconsolidate pediatrics back here (at Shands UF) and
then shift more adult services over to AGH," Goldfarb said Friday
Goldfarb indicated that employees were notified of the change by e-mail
Shands moved a substantial portion of its children's services into AGH in
October 2006. The change represented a new phase in the life of the
367-bed community hospital, which opened its doors in 1928.
Goldfarb said that splitting pediatric services between locations at AGH
and UF "was not the most effective way to utilize AGH as a community
"This is not about closure of the hospital," he said. "Nobody is going to
lose their job, and we're not talking about layoffs."
Rather, it is a matter of making the best use of the facilities, according
He said that he and Dr. Bruce Kone, dean of the College of Medicine, had
been working on an alternative plan since last summer.
"We have come up with what we believe will be a better way," he said.
Clinical faculty members reported that they were exhausted by the increased
demands on their time, according to Goldfarb. Faculty also had suggested
that residents in training found the split plan too demanding, "and that it
could result in not getting as strong a group of residents in the future."
Goldfarb added that the volume of pediatric business (at AGH) has never
met expectations in terms of numbers.
"We've dedicated a lot of resources to the care of not many patients," he
The CEO declined to give details of planned changes Friday, saying he
would be meeting with physicians involved next week.
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