Historical photo of Leesburg Regional In December 1955, the Leesburg Chamber of Commerce started a fund drive that culminated in the formation of the Leesburg Hospital Association, with more than $800,000 contributed by the community. Leesburg General Hospital opened with 76 beds and a 25-member medical staff in August 1963.
In the 1980s, Leesburg General Hospital changed its name to Leesburg Regional Medical Center and purchased what had been Lake Community Hospital's facilities just one mile away. A hospital system with 294 beds had been formed, and there were more than 100 physicians on staff. The Wellness Center opened in 1989 on the Leesburg Regional north campus.
The Leesburg Regional Heart Institute—and the area's first cardiac catheterization suite—opened in 1992 and just six years later the hospital's cardiovascular team performed the first open heart surgery on Nov. 30, 1998. In 2010, the hospital underwent a $5 million renovation, which included a brand new façade exterior, new roof design, energy efficient windows and updated private patient rooms. In 2013, LRMC celebrated its 50th anniversary and started construction on the new onsite Urgent Care Center.
The hospital has continued to bring advances in medical technology to the community. Our team opened the area's first neurosurgery program in 2001, began performing minimally invasive heart valve repair in 2006, performed Central Florida's first anterior hip replacement in 2009 and performed Central Florida's first transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) in 2012.
Looking back, it's incredible to think about what a community can accomplish by working together. The story of how LRMC came about still inspires our doctors and staff today, as does your continued support. We'll continue to look ahead to our next 50 years, so you can look ahead to yours.