Orlando Health South Lake Hospital is celebrating 75 years of service to Clermont and South Lake County by placing a time capsule in the middle of the ground. People who work at Orlando Health South Lake put things in the time capsule to remember the hospital’s long history and show that it still cares about meeting people’s health care needs. They also wrote letters to the next generation of healthcare workers.
What is now known as Orlando Health South Lake was founded in 1938 by a group of Clermont-area young ladies who identified a need for a hospital to fulfill emergency healthcare needs. What was once a small, 9-bed hospital in a rural area is now 150-acre health, education, and wellness campus trusted to give the best healthcare possible while also encouraging residents of South Lake County to live healthy lifestyles.
“What sets us different is our longstanding dedication to this community,” said Lance Sewell, president of Orlando Health South Lake Hospital. “Over the last 75 years, we’ve expanded and strived to ensure that every resident of South Lake County has access to the highest quality, required care to live healthy lives.” : “We are proud to say that we have never wavered in our commitment to this goal, and we look forward to keeping this legacy alive for the next 75 years and more.”
Orlando Health South Lake was the first hospital in Central Florida to have a piped-in oxygen system, and it has been named a leader among Central Florida hospitals numerous times since it originally opened. The hospital’s most recent achievements include receiving the Leapfrog Group’s sixth consecutive national recognition for patient safety, as well as being recognized as a Fortune/IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospital and an Everest Award winner for superior clinical outcomes among all midsize community hospitals in the country.
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The hospital announced the start of a large expansion project in September 2021, in keeping with Orlando Health South Lake’s commitment to fulfilling South Lake County’s expanding healthcare demands. The finished project will increase the number of beds at Orlando Health South Lake by 95, increase the number of women’s services already provided, and give residents of Clermont and the surrounding areas more access to other community services.
(Video courtesy of Orlando Health South Lake)
About Orlando Health
Orlando Health, which is based in Orlando, Florida, is a not-for-profit healthcare group that has $7.6 billion in assets under its control. It serves the southeastern United States. The healthcare system was founded more than 100 years ago. It is known around the world for its pediatric and adult Level One Trauma programs, as well as the only state-accredited Level Two Trauma Center in the St. Petersburg region that is only for adults.
It is home to the country’s largest neonatal intensive care unit under one roof, the only system in the southeast that can perform open fetal surgery to fix the most severe forms of spina bifida, the site of an Olympic athlete training facility, and the operator of one of the region’s largest and best clinically integrated networks.
Orlando Health has pioneered game-changing medical research, and its Graduate Medical Education program is host to over 350 residents and fellows. The 3,200-bed system includes 16 wholly-owned hospitals and emergency departments, as well as rehabilitation, cancer and heart institutes, imaging and laboratory services, wound care centers, adult and pediatric physician offices, skilled nursing facilities, an in-patient behavioral health facility, home healthcare services through LHC Group, and urgent care centers through FastMed Urgent Care.
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The Orlando Health system, which employs more than 23,000 team members, has privileges with about 4,500 physicians representing more than 90 medical specialities and subspecialties. Orlando Health served almost 160,000 inpatients and nearly 3.6 million outpatients in financial year 21.
During the same period, Orlando Health contributed $648 million in total value to the communities it serves through charity care, community benefit programs and services, community-building efforts, and other activities.
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