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Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, has received full heart failure accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers. The three-year accreditation extends until June 2013.

To receive accreditation, a facility must demonstrate expertise in several areas.

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The Hernando County Tourism Bureau is offering free listings at to local tourism-related businesses, including restaurants, hotels, entertainment, attractions, campgrounds, golf courses, vacation rentals, charter captains and parks, until June 30, 2011.

To create a listing, businesses must fill out a short online application. Visit For information, call toll-free 1-877-435-2872.

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To celebrate its 25th anniversary, Pit Boss Bar-B-Q at 4221 Little Road, New Port Richey, will offer a 25 percent discount on all dine-in guest checks on the 25th of each month through the end of the year.

According to partners Gary Taylor and Tim Sherrell, the anniversary offer also is available at their second restaurant, at 2270 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.

For information, contact Taylor at (727) 376-2677 or Sherrell at (352) 688-2677.

Who's news

Bonnie Barbieri of Remax Advantage Realty, 4320 Lake in the Woods Drive, Spring Hill, recently earned the certified distressed-property expert designation, gaining knowledge to guide customers through the short-sale process.

Barbieri can be reached at (352) 263-3599 or at

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Dr. Hany Abskhroun is the newest medical staffer to join Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill.

Abskhroun is board-certified in internal medicine and geriatric medicine. He completed a fellowship in geriatrics at Oakwood Hospital at Wayne State University in Dearborn, Mich. He completed a residency in internal medicine at Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., and received his medical degree from Tanta Medical School in Cairo, Egypt.

Abskhroun's practice is at 4052 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. He can be reached at (352) 610-4408.

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Susan L. Thompson of ReMax Advantage Realty, 4320 Lake in the Woods Drive, Spring Hill, was recently awarded the certified international property specialist designation and joins a worldwide network of global real estate practitioners with expertise in working with international clients.

The CIPS designation is awarded by the National Association of Realtors. Thompson was formally recognized at the organization's conference and expo.


Service Corps of Retired Executives Pasco-Hernando Chapter 439 will present a free small business seminar, "Business Start Up and Planning: Matching Good Ideas with Good Resources," at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville.

The seminar is sponsored by the Hernando County Public Library System and is based on a new book by Dick Hall, a veteran SCORE counselor, titled The Good Idea and Good Resources Business Plan Workbook.

No registration required. For information, call the library at (352) 540-6391 or the SCORE office at (727) 842-4638.

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The Association of Fundraising Professionals Nature Coast Chapter will meet at noon Tuesday at Carrabba's Italian Grill, 16525 Pointe Village Drive, Lutz.

The speaker will be Jeff Webb, president, and associate Debbie Wolfe of Jeff Webb Communications, who will speak on "Internet Marketing: Reinforcing Your Brand Online."

The association represents more than 30,000 members in 206 chapters around the world, working to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, education and certification programs.

The Nature Coast Chapter was chartered in 2009 and includes members throughout Pasco and Hernando counties.

The meeting is open to members and nonmembers. Cost is $25 and includes lunch. Advance registration and payment are required. Visit or call Craig McCart, chapter president, at (727) 834-5479.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have a ribbon cutting at noon Wednesday at B-Unique, 1425 Kass Circle, Spring Hill. For information, contact Teresa E. Olano DeMalay at (352) 610-4425.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have its July membership breakfast meeting Wednesday at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Course Lane, Spring Hill. Networking and business card exchange begin at 7:15 a.m.; the program begins at 7:45 a.m.

This month's sponsor is AT&T, and the program will be presented by state Sen. Mike Fasano.

The cost is $12 for chamber members and $20 for nonmembers. Call Carla Hayes at (352) 796-0697.

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Hernando Biz ... Net-Connecting for You, a networking group, will meet at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Course Lane, Spring Hill. A minimal dues structure is in place. Members are asked to attend at least three meetings a month and order breakfast from the menu. New members are welcome. Contact Sallie at (352) 428-3647 or send an e-mail to

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Superior Bank, 1300 Pinehurst Drive, Spring Hill, will host Garage Sale Mania from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday.

Space is available for $5 for those wishing to set up a table in the parking lot. The fee will be donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters.

For information, call Tammy LaValle, Superior Bank branch manager, at (352) 666-5200.

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Green World Path, 1665 Donto Way, Brooksville, will offer a free educational program on health and nutrition at 6 p.m. Thursday.

The speaker will be Laura DeWitt, co-owner of Brooksville Natural Foods. DeWitt moved to Brooksville from England in 1990 and has been a vegetarian for 30 years. She hosts a radio show, The Natural Way, and is a seven-time All-American triathlete with six Ironman finishes and has competed in four triathlon world championships. DeWitt was recently named Volunteer of the Year by the Hernando County Family YMCA.

Staffers will offer tours of the facility and garden. For directions, call (352) 799-0200.

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Nature Coast Business Professionals, a nonexclusive networking group, will meet at 8 a.m. Friday at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Course Lane, Spring Hill.

The group's goal is to develop long-term relationships with other business professionals. There are no membership fees.

The group meets every Friday. Call Deborah Cutlip at (352) 684-9137 or through naturecoast

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Crown Pointe of Spring Hill, 1291 County Line Road, Spring Hill, will have an open house from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 5.

Tours of the recently remodeled assisted-living facility will be available. The event will include free hot dogs and soda, entertainment and a car show.

For information, contact Sandy Croson at (352) 799-2591.

If you have business 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.

Hernando business digest 07/23/10 [Last modified: Friday, July 23, 2010 5:21pm]
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