March 30, 2021

LifeStream honored for 50 years of service

1.2 min read| Published On: March 30th, 2021|

By James Combs

LifeStream honored for 50 years of service

1.2 min read| Published On: March 30th, 2021|

On March 23, Congressman Daniel Webster recognized LifeStream Behavioral Center’s 50 years of service in the US House of Representatives as a matter of Congressional Record during the proceedings and debates of the 117thCongress.

Congressman Webster recognized LifeStream’s 50thAnniversary and its commitment to “Bringing Hope to Life”.  LifeStream is dedicated to their mission of supporting recovery, promoting health, and creating hope.  Over the years, LifeStream has grown to meet the needs of the communities they serve and become a leader in behavioral health, substance use disorders, and social services.

In 1969, LifeStream began as a component of Waterman Memorial Hospital in Eustis, Florida, providing community-based care as an alternative to institutionalization.  On March 12, 1971, LifeStream become a separate non-profit organization, originally founded as Lake/Sumter Community Mental Health Center, with 18 inpatient beds located inside Waterman Hospital and two outpatient clinics located in Lake and Sumter counties.

Since its founding, LifeStream has expanded to multiple facilities with over 50 programs and 1,000 staff providing services throughout Central Florida, proudly serving the individuals and families of Lake, Sumter, Citrus, Hernando, Marion, Orange, and Hillsborough counties.  As a leader in behavioral healthcare, LifeStream offers a multi-disciplinary approach helping people reclaim their lives and take what for many is their first step towards hope.  Their integrated health system provides behavioral health, substance use, primary healthcare, and social services.  For 50 years, LifeStream has helped thousands of individuals in our community achieve recovery and reach their highest potential.

Congressman Webster said, “This is a momentous year for LifeStream, and I am honored to join them in celebrating this milestone.  The community and families of Central Florida are blessed to have a committed behavioral health center such as LifeStream, and I commend them for the measures they are undertaking to support recovery and provide hope to those in need.”


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About the Author: James Combs

James Combs was a pillar of Akers Media Group since its inception in 2008. Over the years, he had the honor of interviewing Lake & Sumter County's most fascinating personalities, from innovative business owners to heroic war veterans, bringing their incredible stories to life. Throughout his career, James earned over 50 awards for writing excellence, a testament to his talent and dedication. In 2021, he was inducted into the Akers Media Group Hall of Fame. Sadly, James passed away in 2023 after a courageous battle with cancer. His legacy of storytelling and excellence continues to inspire us all.

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