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In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Brooksville Regional Hospital, 17240 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, will offer mammograms and bone density screenings for $40 each during October.

To make an appointment, call (352) 796-5474.

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The Women's Imaging Center at Spring Hill Regional, 10461 Quality Drive, Spring Hill, is now using the MammoPad foam cushion, which eases the discomfort many women feel when they get a mammogram. The FDA-cleared cushion creates a softer and warmer mammogram.

For information, call the women's center at (352) 688-3054.

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Sugar Mill Diagnostic Imaging, 8303 S Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa, now has computer-aided detection to help its radiologists find areas of abnormalities when reading mammograms.

The use of CAD results in the detection of 23 percent more cancer and earlier detection than when a radiologist reads film without CAD.

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, during the month of October, Sugar Mill Diagnostic Imaging will offer discounted screening mammograms and bone density studies for $75 each (self pay only and self referrals accepted).

To schedule an exam or for information, call Vivian Humphries-Hyslop, center manager, at (352) 628-9900.

Who's news

Dr. Michael W. Higgins has fulfilled the requirements for board certification in orthopedic surgery, making him eligible for board certification by the American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery.

Higgins is a graduate of the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Nova Southeastern University in North Miami Beach. He recently returned to Florida after practicing in New York. Higgins specializes in nonoperative and operative management of the spine and general orthopedic conditions.

His office is at 10429 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. He can be reached at (352) 688-6035.


The Service Corps of Retired Executives Pasco-Hernando Chapter 439 will present a free seminar on business use of the Internet from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. today at the West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill.

The seminar, sponsored by the West Hernando Library, includes ways a Web site can enhance the marketing efforts of both startup and existing businesses.

Jim Karam, a SCORE counselor, will lead the seminar. No registration is required, but reservations are recommended. Call the library at 540-6394 or the SCORE office at (727) 842-4638, or go to

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have the following ribbon cuttings this week:

•Microtel Inn & Suites, 6298 Nature Coast Blvd., Ridge Manor West, will have a ribbon cutting and open house at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. The public is welcome to attend the event, which will include luau-style foods and drinks. Those wishing to attend must reserve by today at (352) 796-9025.

•Ooh-La-La Personal Chef, at the chamber office, 4044 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. For information, contact Carmen Carmenaty-Perez at (352) 684-4686.

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The Winning Edge, a chapter of Business Networking International, will meet from 7:15 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Weeki Wachee Resort, 6172 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee.

Bring business cards and network with other area business professionals. The cost is $8, which includes a continental breakfast.

For information, contact David Souza at (352) 346-2930

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The Housing and Education Alliance will offer a free counseling workshop, hosted by Capital City Bank, from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at 14302 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.

The Housing and Education Alliance is a nonprofit housing and urban development certified counseling agency. The workshop will enable participants to receive free one-on-one counseling and the ability to join the Homeowners Retention Club.

For information, contact Rosemary Atkins, housing counselor, at (352) 686-5124.

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The Spring Hill Professionals Chapter of Ali Lassen's Leads Club will meet from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Boston Cooker Restaurant & Oyster Bar, 5375 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.

The cost for lunch is $13, to be paid at the meeting. The restaurant will not accept personal checks. A separate membership fee is required to join the club.

The club offers members each week the opportunity to give brief business presentations and exchange leads collected during the previous week. The club offers noncompete business classifications to avoid conflicts of interest.

For information, call Lois Bleicher at (352) 200-4809.

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Spring Hill Natural Foods, 11083 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, will present a lecture on Alzheimer's disease by Dr. Mary Newport at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Newport will share the story of how she cured her husband of Alzheimer's after treating him with coconut oil.

The lecture will be repeated at 7 p.m. Oct. 30 at Brooksville Natural Foods, 1254 Broad St., Brooksville.

Seating is limited for both lectures. To reserve a seat for the Spring Hill lecture, call (352) 688-9119; for the Brooksville lecture, call (352) 796-9798.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have its October after-hours "Halloween Hullabalooza" mixer at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill.

Food, beverages and "spooky fun" will be available. For information, call (352) 796-0697.

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Leaders by Design, the Spring Hill chapter of Business Networking International, will meet from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Thursday at the Regency Oaks meeting hall, 4445 Breakwater Blvd., Spring Hill.

Bring business cards and network with other professionals. The cost for breakfast is $8 to be paid at the meeting. A separate membership fee is required to join the chapter. For information, call Renia Carsillo at (352) 540-4513.

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Paul and Jerry's Self Storage, 10161 County Line Road, Spring Hill, will host a Community Appreciation Fall Fun Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The event will include a food drive for the United Way of Hernando County, a blood drive with the LifeSouth Community Blood Center's bloodmobile, free refreshments, prize drawings and games. DJ Willie Matos will entertain.

The event is held in conjunction with a bike ride sponsored by Sky PowerSports. Bikers are encouraged to bring a food donation or donate blood to receive patches and T-shirts. Representatives from the Center for Independent Living Disability Resource Center will be on hand to provide information on free services and equipment.

Those who bring a nonperishable food item or donate blood will receive a raffle ticket for a chance at drawings for Red Lobster gift cards and other prizes.

For information, call (352) 684-4414.

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Kim's Korner, 3021 Commercial Way in the Shoppes of Towne, the former Small Business Outlet Mall, Spring Hill, will sponsor a Party for Kids to benefit the Girl Scouts of America-Spring Mermaids Service Unit and Devin Deschaine, a 2-year-old boy with Stage 4 cancer, from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The fundraiser will feature activities, games and prizes, a dunk tank, face painting, a fire truck and smoke house from Spring Hill Fire Rescue, clowns making balloon animals, crafts, and karate demonstrations.

Food will be available from Chick-fil-A. A DJ will provide music for karaoke. Characters will be dressed up for photos with kids, and caricature drawings will be done for free.

Children are invited to show off their own Webkinz or Shining Star costumes for the Halloween costume contest. Costumes must be made at home by the children and not include any premade items. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes. Judging begins at 3 p.m.

Admission is $7. Free party T-shirts with advance registrations while supplies last. Children must be present to win gifts. For information, call (352) 686-0407.

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The Nature Coast Chapter of the Florida Society of Accountants will have its monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at the IHOP restaurant, 3660 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.

The speaker will be Norman Meadows of the criminal investigation division of the Internal Revenue Service.

Reservations are required. Call Lori Sowers at 797-0455 no later than Oct. 20.

Chapter meetings are the third Tuesday of each month and are open to any accountant or tax professional in Hernando, Pasco and Citrus counties.

For information, call Pat Cornett at (352) 597-3460.

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Career Central will host its Business Advantage Seminar from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 23 at the Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane, Spring Hill.

Rebecca Rust, director of the Labor Market Statistics Center, will give an economic labor market overview; Joan Spencer, compliance assistance specialist for the Occupational Safety and Health Adminisnistration, will discuss OSHA requirements and the impact they have on a business.

Alvin Mazourek, Hernando County property appraiser, and John Emerson, chief deputy Hernando County property appraiser, will discuss business taxes and property appraisal issues; and Steve Wilson, business service manager with Career Central, will speak on winning employment strategies.

Anyone wishing to attend should call by Oct. 21. The cost is $25 and includes breakfast. For information, call (352) 200-3031; (727) 484-3400, ext. 3031, or (813) 377-1300, ext. 3031.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee will hold a political candidates forum on Oct. 23 at the Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville.

A meet and greet will be from 5 to 6 p.m. The forum will begin at 6. The forum will be televised live on Channel 622 by Hernando County Government Broadcasting and will be simulcast on WWJB-AM 1450.

The forum will be rebroadcast on Channel 622 at 1 p.m. Oct. 24; at 9 p.m. Oct. 25; at 1 p.m. Oct. 26; at 9 a.m. Oct. 27; at 1 p.m. Oct. 30; at 9 p.m. Nov. 1; at 1 p.m. Nov. 2; at 1 and 9 p.m. Nov. 3, and at 9 a.m. Nov. 4.

Hernando County Government Broadcasting is available on the Internet at Click on "live streaming" on the right side of the page.

If you have announcements you would like to share with our readers, mail the details to Jean Hayes, Business Digest, Hernando Times, 15365 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, FL 34613-6174. You may also e-mail items to or fax them to (352) 754-6133. Items may be edited for length and clarity. Photos are published as space permits; they will not be returned.

Stroke center earns award

Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, has earned the gold seal of approval from the Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Centers. The hospital's primary stroke center earned this distinction after commission conducted an unannounced onsite review. Certification is valid through March 19, 2010. From left are Bob Foster, emergency department director; Dr. Walter Szydlowski, chairman of the board; Walter Pannone, chief nursing officer; and Barbara Adkins, quality director.

Community business news 10/12/08 [Last modified: Sunday, October 12, 2008 10:04pm]
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