Saluting a Legacy

A historic partnership: UF College of Medicine and the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center

By Styliana Resvanis
VA hospital 1978 The Malcom Randall Veterans Affairs Medical Center, pictured in 1978, has served hundreds of thousands of veterans since opening more than 50 years ago.
Medical student rotation Fourth-year UF medical student David Bielick stops by to check on patient Carl Hodson during his rotation at the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center in September. Photo by Mindy C. Miller
“Being able to give back to veterans who have served in unfathomable ways inspires me.”
David Bielick, fourth-year UF medical student
VA and HSC aerial Construction for Gainesville’s VA hospital began in 1964. At its start, the five-story, 480-bed hospital had about 600 employees. The medical center, which underwent extensive renovations from 2008 to 2012, is now part of a network of two hospitals and 12 clinics with a staff of more than 5,600. Photo by Jesse S. Jones
Medical student rotation Bielick, pictured here with Korean War veteran and patient Hodson, aims to pursue a career in internal medicine upon graduation. Photo by Mindy C. Miller
“We did our part, and now we let them do theirs.”
Carl Hodson, Korean War veteran

A sense of duty


Snapshots of the 50th anniversary celebration