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 UPDATE: The Health Care District of Palm Beach County has been monitoring the latest information and guidelines on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in coordination with the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  The Health Care District and its health facilities have taken a proactive approach to ensure that required preparations and protocols are in place to provide timely, safe and quality care for our patients.

Lakeside Medical Center: The following visitation restrictions have been implemented:

o   Any visitor with flu-like symptoms or respiratory illness (fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat) are asked to NOT ENTER THE HOSPITAL.

o   Consideration will be made to allow only one parent, guardian, or patient-identified support person over the age of 18 to visit within patient care areas for all non-isolated patients.

o   All other healthy visitors MUST wait in 1st floor lobby areas.

o   Adult Respiratory Isolation patients are not permitted to have any visitors.

o   Pediatric Respiratory Isolation patients or vulnerable adult isolation patients will be allowed only 1 healthy adult visitor. The visitor MUST stay in room wearing proper personal protective equipment until the patient is discharged. The visitor MUST wear proper personal protective equipment while in the patient’s room until the patient is discharged.


COVID-19 Testing:

       The Health Care District of Palm Beach County will begin phone screening for residents with COVID-19 symptoms, such as fever and cough, who call 561-642-1000 on Monday, March 30th from 8 am to 5 pm.  Health Care District physicians, nurses and medical support staff will be answering the phones daily during these hours Monday through Friday in support of Palm Beach County’s planned test site at the FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach.  During these phone screenings, patients of any age who meet the testing criteria will be scheduled for appointments for drive-thru testing at the ballpark.

Hotline representatives will conduct the phone screenings in English, Spanish and Creole. Those who come for testing without an appointment will be turned away. The Health Care District will continue to make appointments for the drive-thru testing as long as test kits, PPE and staffing are available.

The Health Care District is working in coordination with Palm Beach County, the Florida National Guard, the Florida Department of Emergency Management and the Florida Department of Health for Palm Beach County to support COVID-19 testing at this one site in the county.

If you have a scheduled appointment, please follow these instructions.

For more information about procedures at the other District sites, click here: COVID-19 Updates

If you have any medical questions about COVID-19, please contact the Florida Department of Health’s COVID-19 Hotline (open 24/7) by phone at 866-779-6121 or by email

For more resources about COVID-19, please visit:
Florida Department of Health:


Welcome to Lakeside Medical Center

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Lakeside Medical Center is a top-ranked public hospital by America’s Essential Hospitals. Some of our awards include Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by the Joint Commission in 2011, 2013 and 2014. In 2019, our Family Medicine Residency Program graduated its seventh class of Family Medicine Residents. We are Florida’s only rural, teaching hospital.

Our staff is committed to serve. Our employees work to ensure high quality care and access for all, especially the most vulnerable. We are proud to have extremely high patient satisfaction. Our patients are key to that success. We want to hear from you. If you want to commend those who cared for you, let us know. If there are ways we can improve, let us know. With your help, we will continue to change lives and impact generations.

A big part of our impact is thanks to our “Hospitalists.” Hospitalists are working in our Family Medicine Residency Program. They are committed to improving the health of our community. They help us expand access and build capacity. Our hospitalists believe it is a privilege to serve “the Glades”.  

Our goal is to meet your needs. We know you have a choice. We are glad you trust us to take care of you and your family!  

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Health Assessments




  • The 2017 Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) (PDF) is a collaborative effort by a diverse group of community leaders, stakeholders, Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County and the Health Care District of Palm Beach County that serves as a directional roadmap committed to improving the health and quality of life of Palm Beach County residents.


  • In 2016, the Health Council of Southeast Florida (HCSEF) was enlisted by the Health Care District and the Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County to facilitate the Community Health Needs Assessment (PDF) to identify unmet health needs of community residents and to inform and guide future health planning initiatives to meet those needs.
  • The 2016 Glades Region Health Assessment (PDF) is a subset of the overall Palm Beach County Community Health Needs Assessment.