Health Management Associates, Inc. Announces Innovative Alliance with University of Florida and Shands HealthCare

NAPLES, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Health Management Associates, Inc. (NYSE: HMA) announced today a new alliance with the University of Florida and Shands HealthCare to strengthen and improve cardiac and stroke emergency services at three regional hospitals in central Florida.

The alliance brings the University’s highly acclaimed doctors, resources and protocols to Health Management’s regional hospitals through the Heart and Stroke Emergency Specialists program. It allows for teleconferencing consultations between physicians, continuing education and all other levels of hands-on exchange. Additionally, those requiring tertiary care will receive transfer benefits to Shands at UF, Shands HealthCare’s academic medical center in Gainesville.

“By teaming up with UF and Shands, we further our mission to enable America’s best local health care,” said Gary D. Newsome, President and Chief Executive Officer of Health Management. “We do this by providing the people, processes, capital and expertise necessary for our hospital and physician partners to fulfill their local missions of delivering superior health care services. The Heart and Stroke Emergency Specialists program will result in even better care, and an even better overall experience for our patients.”

The alliance is a first for UF and Shands in the state of Florida. It includes Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center in Citrus County and Brooksville and Spring Hill Regional Hospitals in Hernando County.

“We have been looking to extend our programs beyond Gainesville, and all three Health Management hospitals are highly-ranked facilities with accredited chest pain and/or certified primary stroke centers,” said Tim Goldfarb, CEO of Shands HealthCare. “For us, it means working with a larger network of doctors on the front lines of Citrus and Hernando counties. For the regional hospitals it means quick access to our doctors and resources if they need us.”

For more information on the Heart and Stroke Emergency Specialists program, visit

About Health Management Associates: Health Management enables America's best local health care by providing the people, processes, capital and expertise necessary for its hospital and physician partners to fulfill their local missions of delivering superior health care services. Health Management, through its subsidiaries, operates 60 hospitals, with approximately 9,000 licensed beds, in non-urban communities located throughout the United States. All references to "Health Management," "HMA" or the "Company" used in this release refer to Health Management Associates, Inc. and its affiliates.

About University of Florida Health Science Center: The University of Florida Health Science Center - the most comprehensive academic health center in the Southeast - is dedicated to high-quality programs of education, research, patient care and public service. The Health Science Center encompasses the colleges of Dentistry, Public Health and Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Veterinary Medicine, as well as the Veterinary Hospitals and an academic campus in Jacksonville offering graduate education programs in dentistry, medicine, nursing and pharmacy. Patient care activities, under the banner UF&Shands, are provided through teaching hospitals and a network of clinics in Gainesville and Jacksonville. The Health Science Center also has a statewide presence through satellite medical, dental and nursing clinics staffed by UF health professionals; and affiliations with community-based health-care facilities stretching from Hialeah and Miami to the Florida Panhandle.

About Shands at the University of Florida: Located in Gainesville, Shands at the University of Florida was established in 1958 as the teaching hospital for the UF Health Science Center. It is part of Shands HealthCare, a private not-for-profit health system affiliated with UF. Patients come to Shands from all 67 Florida counties, throughout the nation and more than a dozen countries each year. The multi-disciplinary teams of UF College of Medicine physicians along with approximately 12,000 Shands employees and 2,000 volunteers contribute to the medical center’s excellent reputation for quality care and service. The approximately 800 UF faculty physicians on medical staff provide care in about 100 specialty and subspecialty medical areas, from primary care to highly complex care, including cancer, cardiovascular, neurology, neurosurgery, pediatrics and transplantation services.

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