Dr. Garland Forbes, a endodontist who specializes in root canal treatments at practices in New Port Richey, Spring Hill and Dunedin, is on a campaign to help the environment.
Four years ago, Forbes learned about a program coordinated by the Florida Department of Agriculture, where students plant and nurture seedlings each year and seek ways to distribute them for planting.
Forbes began handing out trees first as a way to show appreciation to some dental colleagues, and then partnered with United Way of Pasco County and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay to help distribute trees.
Over the past four years, Forbes has distributed more than 13,000 trees that were planted in Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Hernando and Polk counties. This year he ordered 3,000 trees to be available for distribution, bringing the five year total for his project to 16,000 trees.
Each year Forbes organizes a tree planting ceremony that takes place in conjunction with handing out the trees. Two years ago, when U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis attended the ceremony, he was so impressed by the project that he presented remarks in the Congressional Record honoring Forbes for his "Plant 1,000 Trees Before You Die" campaign.
This year, Forbes officially honored some of his longtime supporters with recognition awards. The first recipients in what Forbes plans on becoming an annual recognition of those who support conservation and reforestation, included: Bilirakis, state Sen. Mike Fasano, County Commissioner Ann Hildebrand and the New Port Richey Library.
The recognition ceremony was held Dec. 3 at the New Port Richey Library. For information, visit www.forbesendo.com.
Dr. Jennifer Cook, orthopedic surgeon, was honored with Community Hospital's Frist Humanitarian Award for her work to restore mobility and reduce the burden of disability through total joint reconstructions for her patients in New Port Richey and patients suffering from knee arthritis in under-served global communities.
Established in 1971, the Frist Humanitarian Award was named in honor of Dr. Thomas Frist Sr., one of the original founders of the Hospital Corporation of America. The award recognizes individuals whose daily dedication and caregiving epitomize the highest standards of quality and personal commitment.
Cook, who is board certified in orthopedic surgery and a member of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, is the co-founder of Women Orthopaedist Global Outreach, a nonprofit organization. She helped perform 47 total knee replacements on women and men in Kathmandu, Nepal, who experience more advance stages of joint disease and greater disability.
Cook is a graduate of the Health Sciences and Technology Program at Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, earning a medical doctorate degree from both.
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Dr. Michael Steven Strobbe of Gulf Coast Medical Center in Port Richey was recently honored by the Back Pain Recognition Program for providing superior care to his patients suffering from low back pain.
The Back Pain Recognition Program was designed to improve the quality of care to the nearly 30 million Americans who experience low back pain, and by motivating other clinicians and chiropractors to document and improve their delivery of spine care.
To receive recognition, Strobbe submitted data demonstrating performance that meets the program's key measures. These measures include appropriate imaging for acute back pain and recommendation for exercise, among others.
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Jean Sutton is the new marketing specialist for Tampa Bay Water Engineering, 17812 Coyote Road, Hudson.
Sutton has a strong background in sales, advertising creation, branding and target marketing. Tampa Bay Water Engineering designs and builds quality drinking water systems to fit the many water companies in the area, as well as being a major source of information and equipment to make well water safe and healthy.
Sutton will lead the company in meeting the increased interest in clean, safe water. One of her responsibilities will be to book informational talks about the world of water. For information, visit www.theworldofdrinkingwater.biz.
Sutton can be reached at (727) 389-0685.
The three hospitals that make up the Hernando/Pasco market of the HCA West Florida Division, including Community Hospital, Oak Hill Hospital and Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, were all awarded the American Heart Association's "Start! Fit-Friendly Company" gold award.
The award recognizes companies that demonstrate progressive leadership by making the health and wellness of their employees a priority.
To earn the gold award, companies must offer employees physical activity support at the worksite; have increased the number of healthy eating options; promote a wellness culture, and embrace at least nine criteria as outlined by the American Heart Association in the areas of physical activity, nutrition and culture.
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Prudential Commercial Real Estate announces that Grass Roots Creations has leased 10,000 square feet of industrial space at 4126 Louis Ave. in Holiday.
Grass Roots Creations produces beaded animals, ceramic flowers, handbags and accessories, according to Matt Kim, sales professional with Prudential.
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Legacy Transitions at 7236 State Road 52, Suite 6, in Hudson has expanded to include estate sales and liquidation.
According to Joanne Rivera-Therrell, founder and CEO, the professional senior move company specializes in assisting older adults and their families with the emotional and physical aspects of relocation.
Pricing of the estate sale items is facilitated by a certified appraiser and a member of the American Society of Estate Liquidators. The business also does all of the paperwork, including collecting and reporting the sales tax.
For information, call (727) 863-8602.
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Lennar's Central Florida Division has begun construction of a model home showcase supercenter with 13 model homes priced from the $170,000s at Concord Station, located on Strombury Drive off State Road 54, 2 miles east of the Suncoast Parkway in Land O'Lakes.
The model home supercenter will feature three-, four-, five- and six-bedroom single-family homes that range from 1,677 square feet of living space to 3,210 square feet. All 13 new models will feature Lennar's new "everything included" package, to include tile flooring, washer and dryer, microwave, crown molding and more.
For information, visit www.Lennar.com.
• Power Networking: 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at Pagelli's Italiano restaurant in the Shops of Wiregrass, 2001 Piazza Ave., Wesley Chapel. The Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce and Tiffanie Kellog of the Referral Institute have teamed up to provide this new networking event on the third Monday of each month. Kellog will lead participants through various exercises, the goal being to help grow their business through word of mouth. The cost is $10. To RSVP, call the Wesley Chapel chamber at (813) 994-8534. For information, call Kellog at (813) 948-7243.
• Trinity Positive Business Network: 8:30 a.m. Monday at Panera Bread, 3234 Little Road in the Mitchell Ranch Plaza, Trinity. Meets every Monday. For information, call Ashok Visuvasam at (813) 333-1622.
• Pasco Hernando NPI Networking Group: 11:45 a.m. Tuesday at Boulevard Beef & Ale, 6236 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. Call Rob Marlowe at (727) 847-2424.
• BNI Revenue Source: 7:30 to 9 a.m. Wednesday at Heritage Springs Country Club, 11345 Robert Trent Jones Parkway, Trinity. Visitors are welcome. Cost, including breakfast, is $10. Call David Randall at (727) 842-7744.
• Free Networking International: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Cantina Laredo restaurant, 2000 Piazza Ave., Building 4, Suite 170, Wesley Chapel (at the Shops at Wiregrass). Lunch available at own cost. For information, call group director Martine Duncan, co-owner of the Theater Doctor, at (813) 929-6816.
• BNI Referral Connections: 7:15 to 9 a.m. Thursday at Pagelli's Italiano restaurant in the Shops of Wiregrass, 2001 Piazza Ave., Wesley Chapel. Call Capt. Rob Hamilton at (813) 431-5887.
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