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Message from Heather Long

Heather Long

With a 58-year history richly woven into our community, UF Health Leesburg Hospital has a legacy of clinical excellence that continues to grow year after year. The hospital offers a wide range of comprehensive services to the residents of Lake County, Florida and surrounding areas.

With its team of dedicated health care heroes, UF Health Leesburg Hospital has performed more than 15,000 open heart surgeries in the past 20 years alone. No other heart program in our area has more experience in cardiac care. The hospital also offers a world-class orthopedic surgery program, certified primary stroke center, and award-winning Life Center for Women that delivers more than 1,000 babies each year, and life-saving emergency care all backed by the experts at UF Health.

UF Health Leesburg Hospital is part of UF Health Central Florida, an award-winning, not-for-profit health care system and the largest, most comprehensive provider of health care services in the region. We care for patients in Lake, Sumter, and Marion counties through inpatient acute hospital services at UF Health Leesburg Hospital and UF Health The Villages® Hospital, inpatient rehabilitation services at UF Health The Villages® Rehabilitation Hospital, adult inpatient psychiatric services at the UF Health Leesburg Hospital Senior Behavioral Health Center and diagnostic laboratory services at several locations. As a premier health care provider, UF Health Central Florida takes pride in providing progressive, innovative technology, along with building strong relationships with patients, families, physicians and residents of the communities it serves.

I am honored to have the opportunity to join a world-class academic health system that is respected as a leader in medicine and research, and to be part of this rich legacy of serving its community. I call Central Florida home and I am committed to ensuring that we identify new strategies to improve patient care and continue to deliver on our promise of improving the health and quality of life of the individuals and communities we serve in the region.

Heather B. Long, MSN
Senior Vice President
Chief Operating Officer
UF Health Central Florida