relocation and new facilities characterize the changing face
of healthcare in the county. All three major providers,
(Leesburg Regional Medical Center, South Lake Hospital and
Florida Hospital-Waterman), along with relative newcomer
Celebration Health, give residents a wide range of choices for
their medical needs. It is no surprise that Lake County ranks
2nd only to neighboring Orange County in the number of central
Florida hospital beds.
Lake County's 2nd largest hospital was founded over 60 years
ago when it moved from Umatilla to Eustis. In 1994, shortly
after Waterman became affiliated with Florida Hospital and the
Adventist Health System, they began work on a new 123-acre
facility on Highway 441 in Tavares. Phase I, the Waterman
Medical Plaza, was completed in 1997 and houses x-ray labs, an
outpatient surgery center, mammography center and pharmacy, as
well as physician offices. The new $129 million campus totals
204 patient beds in a 5-story tower, including an emergency
room, diagnostic area and cancer center.
Other significant advancements in recent years include a new
obstetrics center, enlarged emergency room, a new progressive
care unit, and a therapy wellness department.
Florida Hospital Waterman's health team offers a series of
services and specialties combined with the latest in medical
technology. The Home Care Service Program now has two
branches in Leesburg and Eustis. They recently added a
Physical Therapy and Wellness Department, Cardiac
Catherization Lab and Endoscopy and Pain Management Center.
SOUTH LAKE HOSPITAL
South Lake Hospital, a 68-bed non-profit acute care community
hospital, has served the healthcare needs of the South Lake
County community for more than 50 years. In partnership with
Orlando Regional Healthcare, the hospital, now in it's
beautiful new 150-acre facility in Clermont, provides a wide
range of quality healthcare services and programs for
residents and visitors.
South Lake's USA Triathlon National Training Center is a place
where local residents, national and international athletes of
all levels will have the opportunity to meet their goals. The
South Lake Wellness Center - located in the USAT National
Training Center - combines comprehensive wellness programs and
fitness training with state-of-the-art equipment.
Other services at South Lake Hospital include: Cardiology,
Orthopedics, Sports Medicine, Pediatrics, Pain Management,
Oncology, Surgical Services, Home Health Care and Diagnostic
Imaging (including mammography and MRI).
LEESBURG REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
Celebrating their 40th anniversary in 2003, Leesburg Regional
Medical Center (LRMC), now affiliated with Orlando Regional
Healthcare System, has grown from a 76-bed facility into a
294-bed hospital with two campuses. The hospital is in the
midst of a $65 million expansion that will add more services
to meet the needs of the residents of Lake and Sumter
Phase I of the expansion includes a 15-bed
Coronary/Cardiovascular ICU center, expansion of the
diagnostic and x-ray department and a larger
ambulatory/surgery area. A new Vascular & Interventional
Procedures Suite was completed to treat stroke and aneurysm
patients non-operatively via radiolic imaging. The hospital
also added a new Patient Placement Center and rapid
Admit-Discharge Center for patient care. And the New Life Care
Center for women offers 14 suites with accommodations for the
LRMC hosts the only open-heart surgery center in Lake and
Sumter Counties, boasting one of the lowest mortality rates in
The Villages Regional Hospital, affiliated with LRMC, offers a
24-hour emergency room, a 6-bed Intensive Care Unit, full
diagnostic capabilities and four operating rooms.
FLORIDA HOSPITAL-CELEBRATION HEALTH
Located at the four corners area of Interstate 4 and Highway
192, this state-of-the-art hospital offers residents 24-hour
emergency care, ICU, medical/surgical, maternity care,
diagnostic imaging, rehabilitation and sports medicine. They
also have a new Women's Center, a 60,000 square foot fitness
room, pharmacy and even a vegetarian restaurant.
Established in 1969, LifeStream Behavioral Center is a
private, not-for-profit organization and the only psychiatric
facility between Orlando and Ocala. Treatment programs and
services include psychiatric care for children and adults;
individual and group therapy for adults and families;
substance-abuse treatment; partial hospitalization; and
geriatric treatment and residential services.