Leesburg Regional Cares
Learn how the North Lake County Hospital District works for you and is accountable to you
For more than 50 years, the North Lake County Hospital District has been a safety net for our community. It funds a portion of the cost of providing medical and mental health care for residents who don't have or can't afford medical insurance. The District is funded by a surcharge on the value of commercial and residential properties within the District; for the average homeowner, that surcharge is about $10 a month.
Learn how the District affects you and your family.
Effective delivery of health services
The North Lake County Hospital District helps support healthcare and health maintenance for residents who otherwise could not pay for care.
Accountability and public oversight
The District and its funds are administered by a board of directors elected by the voters of the District. All board meetings are open to the public and District residents are welcome to attend, ask questions and participate in the decision-making process.
Efficient care for North Lake County
For those without health insurance, a hospital emergency room if often the only place they can receive treatment. That's bad for the patient and it's bad for our healthcare services, burdening overcrowded ERs and dramatically increasing the cost of treatment.
What does the district do?
The District reimburses healthcare providers for care given to District residents who can't afford or don't have access to health insurance.
Why is the district needed?
The District was formed—as were other districts throughout the state—to ensure that all residents have access to quality health care.
How is the district funded?
The Florida Legislature provided that the District could levy a 1 mill surcharge—or $1 per $1,000 of value—on property taxes for commercial and residential properties located in the District. You can read the law that created the district here.
History of the District
The North Lake County Hospital District has existed in several forms for some 60 years. In 2012, the Florida State Legislature merged two previous districts and detailed how the District would be funded and managed.
What services are provided?
Organizations were reimbursed by the District for medical, dental and mental health services in 2015.
Mental health services
Behavioral health is essential for community health. A recipient of funds from North Lake County Hospital District, LifeStream makes the promise of recovery from mental illness and addiction a reality. In 2015 alone, LifeStream enabled nearly 12,000 residents to reclaim their lives and take their first step toward hope. But the good that LifeStream does extends well beyond individuals to families, friends and coworkers, who live in the constant shadow of these life-consuming diseases and to their communities, which grow stronger each time a member embarks on the path to recovery.
Our community health clinics
The programs supported by the District include five community medical clinics and mental health services. By reducing the burden on our ERs, the clinics lower the cost of healthcare for everyone in the District. This means better access to emergency services and advanced care for all of us.
Do I live in the hospital district?
The District encompasses the northern portion of Lake County. Generally, if you live in Lake County and your property is north of the southern end of Little Lake Harris (Astatula, Howey in the Hills), you're in the District.
Which organizations receive funds?
Organizations that applied for and received reimbursement for care provided to qualified residents in 2015 include: Florida Hospital Waterman, Leesburg Regional Medical Center, LifeStream Behavioral Center and Leesburg Family Health Center.
Who can qualify for help?
To qualify for help, you must be a resident of the District, not have health insurance and have income less than 200% of the Federal poverty level.
What does the district cost me?
For the average Lake County homeowner, the District assessment added to their property tax is about $10 a month.