The Live Well Foundation of South Lake County was created with a vision of better quality of life through improved health and wellness. The Foundation’s grant-making will inspire sustainable initiatives that enhance the health and wellness of the South Lake community.
The Live Well Foundation of South Lake, Inc. was formed with an agreement between Orlando Health and the South Lake Memorial Hospital organization which resulted in South Lake Memorial Hospital relinquishing its seats on the board of South Lake Hospital. Orlando Health generously provided $128 million to the new foundation. The contribution coincided with the South Lake Hospital becoming a controlled subsidiary of Orlando Health.
“With the October 2019 dissolution of the South Lake County Hospital District, we felt it necessary to create an ongoing funding source to address healthcare needs in our community,” said Paul Rountree immediate past chairman of the SLMH Board of Directors. “All funds generated by the Foundation will remain in South Lake County.”
“We’re excited about what the Foundation will mean to South Lake County,” said Kasey Kesselring, EdD, chairman of the Live Well Foundation of South Lake. “It will ensure that residents will continue to have access to high quality health and wellness services in our community, now and into the future.”
Dr. Kesselring, who is headmaster of Montverde Academy, is one of twelve current Foundation board members.
On March 12, 2019, following a national search, the Live Well Foundation of South Lake appointed Donna Marino Kirtland as Executive Director. Mrs. Kirtland has more than 10 years of successful experience in foundation management, including Statewide Director of Development at the Florida Bar Foundation and Manager of Donor Stewardship with Valencia College Foundation.
Even at this early stage of our existence, Live Well Foundation of South Lake intends to be a long-term partner in bringing more healthcare choices and healthier lifestyle services to the people of South Lake County.