Tuesday, January 16, 2018
News Roundup

Hospital wins chamber award; studio specializes in hot yoga; WorkNet helps veterans

Hospital wins honor from Tarpon chamber

Florida Hospital North Pinellas is the newest recipient of the Tarpon Springs Chamber of Commerce "Large Business of the Year" award.

Businesses are selected for awards in three size categories based on chamber member/partner nomination, a detailed application process and final in-person interviews by impartial judges from outside the community.

"We at Florida Hospital North Pinellas are in great company this year, having received our award alongside some of our community's most well-recognized businesses," said Bruce Bergherm, president and CEO of Florida Hospital North Pinellas. "We look forward to a new day and a new year of service to our community in Tarpon Springs and all of North Pinellas."

Florida Hospital North Pinellas, 1395 S Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs, is a member of the Florida Hospital network of the Adventist Health System, the largest health care provider in the state.

Hot yoga series now at Clearwater studio

Yoga 365, a new studio offering hot and warm yoga classes daily, opened Nov. 10 at 2416 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd., Clearwater.

The studio is co-operated by former Tampa Bay Ray Aaron Ledesma, who is the director of player development for ProBound USA Baseball Academy, a scouting and development program at Jack Russell Stadium in Clearwater.

Ledesma's interest in hot yoga developed after back surgery in 2003 prompted him to try his first Bikram yoga class in San Francisco. A few months later, he retired from baseball and attended Bikram's yoga teacher training in Los Angeles and has been teaching yoga ever since.

"Practicing this traditional hot yoga series may be the best thing a professional or aspiring professional athlete can do to give them a competitive edge both mentally and physically," said Ledesma, who hopes the studio will be a success with local athletes in the Clearwater area. "Time and time again, I have seen athletes injure themselves and shorten their careers because they have not been trained to play the game with proper alignment and greater flexibility — not to mention developing the kind of mental toughness and single-point concentration that comes with a regular hot yoga practice."

Ledesma's wife, Karen, is trained and certified to teach the traditional hot yoga series. She has a strong interest in integrating the spiritual dimension of life and yoga. She is in ongoing training in the Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy tradition.

The hot yoga studio features a large mirrored area for classes and separate locker rooms for men and women, each with three showers and dressing space.

Classes are 60, 75 or 90 minutes long in a heated room and are suitable for all levels of experience.

Serving those who have served country

WorkNet Pinellas helps veterans with barriers to employment, as well as disabled veterans and their spouses, by providing priority workforce services. For veterans recently discharged or who have been out of the service for many years, WorkNet can be their first step in entering the workforce.

At One-Stop Career Centers located throughout Pinellas County, veterans work with staff to plan a career, attend workshops, acquire skills and education, find jobs and take advantage of many other resources.

WorkNet also administers state and federally funded employment and training programs to assist veterans. WorkNet's veterans team includes veteran employment representatives, disabled veterans outreach program specialists and local veterans employment representatives.

This year, WorkNet launched the Transitioning Veterans Network. The forum meets twice a month and is designed to assist veterans in accelerating their career transition process.

To address the employment issues facing veterans today, the staff reaches out to local employers to educate them on the benefits of hiring veterans and the unique skills and experience they can bring to the civilian workforce.

WorkNet Pinellas is a member of the Employ Florida statewide network of workforce services and resources.

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