For Patients and Families

For Patients & Families

Patients, family members and caregivers create a tight-knit community at the University of Florida Health Proton Therapy Institute. Ongoing group activities are facilitated by patient services staff to foster discussion, camaraderie and social interaction. These activities include New Patient Orientation tours, weekly luncheons, group meetings and more. If you ever have questions about activities happening at UF Health Proton Therapy Institute, please do not hesitate to contact the Patient Services Department.

New Patient Orientation Tours
A one hour, guided tour of the facility is offered four days a week to groups of patients and family members. The show-and-tell format allows you to get an up-close look at the treatment and will answer questions you have about how proton therapy works.
Tours form in the lobby.

  • Monday – 12 p.m.
  • Tuesday – 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday – 4 p.m.

The Lunch Bunch

Every Wednesday at noon, the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute hosts a complimentary lunch in the 2nd floor research room. All proton therapy patients, family members, caregivers, alumni patients and guests are welcome to share the meal and join in the discussion. Patients are invited to share comments and brief updates about their proton journey with the group. UF Health Proton Therapy Institute physicians and staff members alternate giving brief educational talks on topics related to proton therapy and procedures, with question and answer sessions.

Group Meetings

Tuesday at 12:00 p.m. (1st) – "SPOHNC Group Meeting"

Each 1st Tuesday of the month meet in the lobby of UF Health Proton Therapy Institute at 11:45 a.m. and walk to the Support for People with Oral and Head and Neck Cancer (SPOHNC).

Wednesday at 10:15 a.m. (1st and 3rd) – "Prostate Brothers"

Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month, men join our Prostate Brothers group. This group meets before our Wednesday lunch in the 2nd floor research room. This is a "men only" prostate cancer group. In this meeting, you will get valuable insight from current patients as well as have an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about proton therapy.

Wednesday at 10:15 a.m. (1st & 3rd) – "Partner Support Group"

Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday. A casual, ever-changing weekly meeting exclusively for the wives and caregivers of our prostate patients. Join us in the Marco Room, 2nd floor, and share hopes and worries with other supportive women and caregivers.

Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. (2nd & 4th) – "Helping Others Hope"

Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month, men and women being treated for cancers other than prostate, and their caregivers, meet to share their experience and learn valuable information about treatment and coping skills. Facilitated by UF Health Proton Therapy Institute social worker.

Thursday at 5:00 p.m. – Every other Thursday "Family Fun Night"

This is a special night for our pediatric patients and their families. During this time, families will dine together in the 2nd floor research room. Following the meal, adults and children will separate into two groups and participate in age-appropriate activities.

Thursday at 5:00 p.m. (1st) – "Breast Cancer Support Group"

The Breast Cancer Support Group meets monthly on the UF Health Campus in the Coleman Conference Center in Tower 2. This meeting is for anyone recently diagnosed with breast cancer, undergoing treatment, or post treatment. 

Art Projects

To view our art gallery click here.

Every Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. our artist-in-residence works with patients of all ages on a variety of art projects.

Piano Concerts

First Tuesday of every month – 5:30 p.m.

Thanks to a former patient's generous donation of a baby grand piano, the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute patients and friends can enjoy light hors d'oeuvres, beverages and musical concerts in our 1st floor lobby on a monthly basis.

Weekly Group Outings

Patient Services staff selects a different restaurant each week around Jacksonville to enjoy as a group. A weekly bulletin and sign-up sheet is posted in the lobby. Everyone provides their own transportation and pays their own expenses.

Tuesday – 12 p.m. – Destination Lunch
Enjoy some of the local flavor from tasty restaurants, then stay around the area and enjoy the atmosphere. Popular spots are lunches at the beach, museums, World Golf Village-Hall of Fame and the tallest building in Jacksonville.

Thursday – 5:30 p.m. – Restaurant Tour Dinner
Every Thursday night enjoy some of the local cuisine with other patients. We travel to small family owned restaurants as well as a fancy 27th floor dining experience in a private club. Many patients ride together or drive separately – just talk to patient services when you come to UF Health Proton Therapy Institute for details.

University Club

As UF Health Proton Therapy Institute patients, you will be able to become Guest Members of the University Club (27th floor of Riverplace Tower, located downtown on the St. Johns River) for the duration of your treatment cycle. The Club offers formal and casual dining areas and an optional athletic facility.  The University Club is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner Wednesday through Saturday. Jackets are required for gentlemen in the evening dining room while casual dress (no jeans) is acceptable in all other areas of the club. A Wednesday evening get-together for appetizers at the University Club has become a regular event for proton patients.

First Coast YMCA

To help you pursue a healthy lifestyle during your stay, we’ve arranged reduced health club membership rates for the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute patients and their families. For an individual monthly fee of $30, couples fee of $50 or family fee of $70, you will receive all-access membership to 17 First Coast YMCAs in Jacksonville. Services include personal training, massage therapy, nutrition counseling, group exercise, indoor cycling, childcare and aquatics. For more information, visit

Other Jacksonville Deals For Proton Patients

The Jacksonville community has embraced our patients and wants to support them. Talk with Patient Services about other special offers or discounts available to our patients.

In the local housing guide provided to you in your intital packet and found on the Staying In Jacksonville webpage, you will find numerous housing options to help patients enjoy a comfortable, stress-free and happy stay here in Jacksonville.

Jacksonville offers many opportunities for recreation, dining, shopping and other activities. Many patients bring their golf clubs and tennis gear knowing that they will have the time and energy to participate in these activities.

Use the transportation guide, provided to you in your initial packet, to find resources for renting an automobile, calling a taxi or limousine service or riding public transit.


Updated June 2014