NEW PORT RICHEY
Hospital wing to be named for Starkeys
Morton Plant North Bay Hospital has revealed the name of the three-story patient wing now under construction: Starkey Medical Tower. Jay B. and Marsha Starkey, longtime Pasco County ranchers and conservationists, pledged $1 million toward the project, which will also include a new intensive care unit, cardiac unit, medical surgical unit and respiratory care department. Plans call for the expansion to be complete during the first quarter of 2010. Other parts of the expansion and renovation plan in progress include the construction of a three-story medical office building and renovations of the Mitchell Rehabilitation Hospital. Renovations will begin over the next few months on the hospital's emergency room, and a fitness trail will be placed along the hospital's water-retention area and will include exercise stations. The combined $49 million projects will nearly double the size of the hospital campus on Madison Street.
Come tell of your traffic nightmares
Think your street needs a traffic signal? Upset about congestion during your commute? Worried about how long your trip to work might take in a few years? Want more public transportation? County and state transportation officials want to hear from you. Two public workshops are planned this week. One is 3 to 6 p.m. today at the Hugh Embry Branch Library, 14215 Fourth St., Dade City. The other is 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the West Pasco Government Center, 7530 Little Road in New Port Richey. The workshops are sponsored by the Pasco County Metropolitan Planning Organization.