UF Health moving new surgical facility in former Sears location at the Oaks Mall


UF Health will be moving into the former sears space in the oaks mall under the name UF Health The Oaks.

“In this new facility, we will have state-of-the-office medical space but in addition we will have imaging that the patients need right there as well as any surgical procedure,” said Dr. David Guzick, UF Health president. “We will have an outpatient surgical unit.”

The new facility will feature ophthalmology, otolaryngology and audiology services.

Its original office down the road has grown rapidly, doubling its faculty in a four-year span.

“The surgeries that are currently being done at our outpatient facility on 34th Street will not be decanted and they will be done at the Oaks Mall,” Guzick said.

This project has a domino effect for all UF Health.

With branches vacating and spaces freed up, this gives room for UF Health to grow other practices. Overall, getting you into appointments more quickly.

“It’s consistent with our strategy at UF Health to make sure we provide space for patients that’s convenient to them but also to provide the expertise of faculty,” Guzick said. “Combined with the latest in technology, also hospitality, service and compassion.”

Sears vacates in July and UF Health should receive the property in October.

The full project costs about $28 million plus rent of the space.

Dr. Guzick says construction for this new office may take a little over a year.

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