The only substantial piece of empty property in downtown Mount Dora has been sold to developers after sitting unused for 18 years in the hands of an insurance company. Welcome to the beginning of the gold rush, thanks to the Wekiva Parkway. The property, called Pineapple Point, is 4.3 wooded acres on Lake Dora that the Great American Life Insurance Company bought in 1998 for slightly more than $2 million.
South Lake Hospital gave a sneak peek at its new, first-ever freestanding emergency department on May 18. The $12 million freestanding ER and medical pavilion, dubbed the Orlando Health South Lake Hospital Emergency Room and Medical Pavilion – Blue Cedar, is on 20 acres at the corner of U.S. Highway 27 and Florida’s Turnpike in Leesburg.
As more people continue to move to south Lake, more hospital visits are inevitable. The increasing population prompted action by South Lake Hospital, which recently added 18 in-patient beds and also opened a 30-bed rehabilitation unit. Founded in 1947 when south Lake was a rural outpost, the hospital now has 170 licensed beds.
A new set of ratings places nearly 2,300 nursing homes in the United States as top care providers in the country for 2017-18. The “Nursing Home Finder,” released Tuesday by U.S. News & World Report, evaluated more than 15,000 nursing homes across the country to come up with the list of homes designated as the best.