Longtime leader transitioning to new role
By Melissa Lutz Blouin
Since 2001, Timothy M. Goldfarb has led the UF Health Shands hospital system, guiding it through a period of rapid change within the health care industry and overseeing an expanding campus and workforce.
Now, after 13 years at the helm, Goldfarb is stepping into a new role as the UF Health executive vice president for regional and governmental affairs. Ed Jimenez, chief operating officer for UF Health Shands Hospital and senior vice president, will serve as interim CEO of UF Health Shands. The switch will be effective July 1.
“Tim’s thoughtful, energetic and sophisticated leadership ensured that UF Health Shands not only thrived as a hospital but also as a supporter of the research and education missions of the University of Florida. He will bring that same wealth of experience to his new role within the system,” said David S. Guzick, M.D., Ph.D., UF senior vice president for health affairs and president of UF Health.
During his tenure, Goldfarb and his leadership team purchased property on the south side of Archer Road and developed a long-term vision for the academic health center, which led to the opening of the UF Health Shands Cancer Hospital in 2009. That same year, Goldfarb led the transition of the Shands AGH hospital closure, following through on his promise to provide jobs at UF Health Shands for those who staffed the community hospital. Goldfarb also played an instrumental role in the transition that brought the hospital and academic health center even closer together, making the move last year from UF&Shands to UF Health.
“Many health care system CEOs only stay a few years to help the organization grow and strengthen, but I could not leave UF Health,” Goldfarb said. “Our faculty and employees are like family to me and there is still exciting work to be done.”