Sustainable Lean design transforms retail space for patient care

UF Health facility converts big-box store into innovative medical center

By Du Meyer

In 2020, UF Health The Oaks opened in a 139,000-square-foot former big-box retail mall anchor department store space in Gainesville, Florida. Today, the clinical space has become a model for innovative transformation of former retail space into patient care space. The renovated space now consists of outpatient clinics, lab, radiology and surgical center for ophthalmology, otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat, including allergy) and audiology services provided by University of Florida (UF) Health. The opening of the new facility revitalized the community and provides convenient state of the art healthcare for patients.

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