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The Health Care District of Palm Beach County is committed to achieving community immunity. To date, we have provided more than 220,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. We encourage all eligible Floridians to get vaccinated against COVID-19 by reaching out to their primary care provider or one of the many pharmacies throughout Palm Beach County.

For more information please visit our COVID-19 Information Center page.

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As COVID-19 continues to be a risk, we remain committed to taking precautionary measures to ensure the safety of patients, visitors, and staff:

Effective immediately, December 30, 2021, the following visitation restrictions are in effect due to the increased outbreak:

  • Upon entering the hospital, everyone will be required to wear a mask at all times throughout the facility
  • There is NO VISITATION for patients on isolation for COVID-19
  • Labor and Delivery patient may have ONE (1) healthy adult visitor (the visitor will be screened including temperature), for the duration of the labor
  • Pediatric Unit  - One (1) healthy adult visitor may remain overnight  (the visitor will be screened including temperature)
  • Under age 18 years - Surgical patient may have ONE (1) adult patient visitor accompany them to the hospital on the day of their procedure (visitor will be screened, including temperature)
  • Adult Surgical patient – visitors will not be allowed to accompany the patient into the hospital on the day of the procedure
  • No Visitors will be allowed to accompany ER patients into the hospital
  • Adult Inpatient Units (ICU, PCU/Telemetry and Medical-Surgical)  visitation will not be allowed


Note:  Circumstances may allow for specific exceptions to any visitation restrictions.  All persons entering under an exception remain subject to appropriate infection control protocols.

Thank you for your cooperation and for being an advocate for the health and care of our loved ones and all hospitalized patients and staff.


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 national awards include the 2020 gold-level AORN Go Clear Award™ for safety in surgery, an “A” safety grade as a top hospital in the nation for patient safety from Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Grade, Fall 2018 and Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by the Joint Commission in 2011, 2013 and 2014. In 2020, our Family Medicine Residency Program graduated its eighth 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 Care District Names Chief Financial Officer, General Counsel, and Chief Compliance Officer

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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.