Bolstering our business community

David S. Guzick, M.D., Ph.D., senior vice president for health affairs at UF and president of UF Health, was honored at the 2014 Impact Awards by Business in the Heart of Florida magazine in December.

The Impact Awards recognize individuals who advance, impact and enrich Alachua County’s business community. Guzick was commended for assisting in the opening of UF’s Clinical and Translational Research Building and spearheading progress on the UF College of Medicine George T. Harrell, M.D., Medical Education Building. He was honored along with 27 other individuals who positively contribute to the community.

Guzick was nominated for the award by Timothy M. Goldfarb, UF Health executive vice president for regional and governmental affairs.

“The number of jobs we can create and maintain directly affects the overall health of Gainesville and the surrounding area,” Goldfarb said. “Immediately after taking the reins of the health center, Dr. Guzick focused his attention on the expansion of our clinical research capabilities and, as a result, facilitated an increase in our number of funded grants and the design and construction of a building to house many of the related functions. Jobs were created to carry out the research. Jobs were created to construct and operate the building.”

With Guzick at the helm, UF Health continues to evolve in ways that will benefit patients and the community for decades to come. Following significant investment in renovating and expanding the UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital, construction is now underway for the UF Health Heart & Vascular Hospital and UF Health Neuromedicine Hospital.

“At UF Health, we have generated tremendous momentum as we develop and grow services and facilities to match the expertise of our highly skilled medical faculty and staff and meet the needs of those we serve,” Goldfarb said. “As the state’s leading health care resource and the Southeast’s most comprehensive academic health center, we are driven by our promise to care for our patients and communities.”