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Community Hospital picks new executive
Leigh Massengill has been tapped as the new chief executive officer of Community Hospital, the Future Medical Center of Trinity. Massengill has 30 years of experience in hospital administration, most recently as chief operating officer of Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, another HCA hospital. She began her career as a registered nurse, then obtained a master's degree in business administration at the University of Miami. She has served in leadership capacities in various hospitals, including operating room director, director of nursing and chief operating officer in three hospitals, including Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. She has served on the board of directors for Community Aging and Retirement Services since 2006. Massengill replaces Kathryn Gillette, who was recently promoted to CEO of Osceola Regional Medical Center in Kissimmee.
Veterans benefits focus of seminar
Regency Residence will host a free veterans benefits seminar from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 6711 Embassy Blvd. Local veterans advocate Mark Larson will shed light on the little-known U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Aid and Attendance pension program, which provides eligible veterans and surviving spouses up to $2,582 per month, tax-free. The VA estimates that 100,000 people are eligible, but many are unaware these benefits exist. To be eligible, a veteran must have served at least 90 days with one day during a declared war, among other requirements. This free seminar is designed to both educate veterans and families as well as help them navigate the sometimes difficult application process to ensure they are receiving the benefits they deserve. To RSVP, or to learn more, call Regency Residence at (727) 849-9335.
Libraries to teach computer skills
Pasco County Libraries will bring laptop computers to the Greater Trilby Community Association Center once a week to help people find and apply for jobs, apply for food stamps and other services, set up and check e-mail and to learn basic computer skills. The computers will be available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays through Dec. 21 at the community center, 37452 Trilby Road. On some dates, representatives from local agencies will be on hand to provide information about health care, social services and income tax assistance. All information and services are free. For information check out the library system calendar at pascolibraries.org/egovt.shtml#cal or call Nancy Fredericks (352) 567-3576.