We Care of Lake County is asking for volunteers and equipment.
We Care of Lake County was founded to assist poor, indigent and homeless uninsured adult residents, to receive free specialty medical care. It does this thanks to its 67 volunteer physicians, 11 free and sliding scale clinics, and partner hospitals, diagnostic and labs.
Its project We Care We Share recycles gently used durable medical equipment making them available to anyone who has need, helping people to recover and/or live with illness safely and with dignity.
Specialty Physicians! You see We Care patients in your office during regular business hours; receive Sovereign Immunity and CME's; accept as many patients as your time will allow - we work with you!
Lay persons - help us deliver and pick up medical equipment throughout the month; warehouse help needed; office help appreciated
Donate used durable medical equipment and supplies
Faith partners wanted!
Fund special needs for items not usually donated
Wish list for drives & donations
Special events & sponsorships
We Care specialty physicians give generously of their time, facilities, services, and expertise. The program is successful because of the charity and kindness of volunteer doctors currently providing services. While not receiving monetary benefits, volunteer providers gain the satisfaction of knowing they are helping less fortunate members of the Lake County community. Their altruism is rewarded with state-sponsored Sovereign Immunity for themselves and their practices.
The We Care volunteer physician's responsibility is to provide professional medical care.
The We Care staff coordinates appointments and other client services necessary for successful outcomes, such as radiological and lab testing, pharmaceuticals and referrals to other physicians.
The We Care Board of Directors is comprised of community leaders who represent a balanced cross section of the Lake County health care community. We Care of Lake County receives fiscal support from the Lake County Board of County Commissioners, grants, and private donations.
We Care addresses the need for specialized medical services by providing more than one million dollars in donated specialty services annually.
Why do physicians volunteer?
Physicians who volunteer with We Care assist the community overall by keeping local residents in good health. People who are forced to compromise their health due to lack of financial resources or health insurance often seek services from the hospital emergency department. By providing the link to specialty medical care, We Care of Lake County is a critical resource in helping people become well, self-sufficient, and productive again.
Volunteer physicians have the flexibility to incorporate indigent patient care into their regular office hour schedule of appointments. This is an important aspect of the program which does not require doctors to leave their office or go to a different clinic location.
The Florida Department of Health's Volunteer Health Care Provider Program provides liability protection through state-sponsored sovereign immunity. This Florida statute extends liability protection to providers if a lawsuit results from services rendered under the auspices of We Care.
Who does We Care serve?
Current residents of Lake County who have residency established for the prior six (6) months with a diagnosed condition requiring specialty care that is not elective or cosmetic. In addition, clients of We Care must be between the ages of 18 and 65 with a household income of 200% or less of the federal poverty level guidelines. Clients must be uninsured and not seeking disability or be currently involved in litigation for worker's compensation, accident, or other claims.
For further information or to volunteer:
Mailing & street address
4709 N. Hwy 19A, Mount Dora
Director: Carol Millwater Ryan
Case Manager: Wanda Van Hoose