Horizon Homecare has announced that, for the sixth consecutive year, it has been named a top agency for 2012 by HomeCare Elite, a compilation of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States.
Winners are ranked by an analysis of publicly available performance measures, including patient experience and financial performance.
Horizon Homecare, which serves Citrus, Hernando, Pasco and Pinellas counties, has offices at 2977 Landover Blvd., Spring Hill, and at 7505 Rottingham Road, Port Richey. For information, call (352) 684-3550.
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The imaging department at Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, has been awarded accreditation by the American College of Radiology, and its laboratory has been awarded accreditation by the Commission on Laboratory Accreditation of the College of American Pathologists.
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AT&T has expanded its 4G LTE network to Hernando County, bringing local customers the latest generation of wireless network technology. With the new capability, customers will experience faster average download speeds.
The company launched 4G LTE in Tampa in February 2012. The expanded coverage is part of its ongoing rollout across the Tampa Bay market. For information, visit att.com/network.
Jose "Cheloman" Alonzo, Hernando County's first two-time boxing champion, is now a personal trainer and certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
Alonzo is available at Anytime Fitness, 4251 Mariner Blvd. or 8411 Balm St., both in Spring Hill. For information or to reach him, call (352) 419-9151, send email to [email protected]o.com or visit cheloman.com.
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Michael E. Laird, an advanced registered nurse practitioner, is now working at the practice of Dr. Michael Brian Reynolds at 3480 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill.
Laird comes to the practice from another practice within the Access Healthcare system.
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Alfred "Al" W. Johnson has joined Security One Lending as a reverse mortgage consultant, serving senior clients in Hernando, Pasco and Citrus counties.
Johnson can be reached at (352) 428-3530.
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Oak Hill Hospital recently presented its 2012 Frist Humanitarian Awards to associate Cathy Edmisten, Karen Miles and Dr. Robert Falkowski.
Edmisten, director of the emergency department, was presented the associate award. Miles, who works in the North Tower and the H2U Partner's Club, received the volunteer award. Falkowski, of the emergency department, received the physician award.
The Frist awards honor individuals at HCA hospitals for humanitarian and volunteer activities and are named in honor of the late Dr. Thomas F. Frist Sr., the founder of HCA.
The volunteer and associate winners receive $250 and a 10-karat gold lapel pin. The physician receives a lapel pin and a voucher for a $250 donation to the charity of his or her choice.
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Drs. Pariksith Singh and Maria Scunziano-Singh recently attended the first National Association of Accountable Care Organizations conference in Linthicum, Md.
The Singhs were able to speak with many government officials who deal with accountable care organizations. The association's mission is focused on development and adoption of public policy and assisting the organizations with the challenges of financing and operations.
The IHOP restaurant at 3660 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, will be the site of an Easter egg hunt from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Weeki Wachee.
Fifteen percent of sales at the restaurant will benefit Kiwanis projects in the community. For information, call (352) 683-5525.
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The annual Hernando Marketplace: Live, Shop and Play, presented by the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce and the Hernando County Parks and Recreation Department, will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at Anderson Snow Park, 1360 Anderson Snow Road, Spring Hill.
The family-friendly event, which is free and open to the public, is designed to showcase Hernando County businesses and services. The event will include an Easter egg hunt from 11 a.m. to noon, as well as radio broadcasts, music and food vendors.
Chamber members and nonmembers are invited to participate. The vendor booth fee is $50 for chamber members and $75 for nonmembers.
Child-oriented businesses are invited to participate in the Kids Zone, which will include face painting, games, balloon art and other surprises. For those who provide an activity, demonstration or giveaway for children, the registration fee will be waived.
For information about the event, contact Dawn Badami at (352) 796-0697, ext. 5, or [email protected] For information about the Kids Zone, call Kim Poppke at (352) 754-4061.
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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have three ribbon cuttings during the coming week:
• The Sweet Spot, 2711 Forest Road, Spring Hill, noon Tuesday. Call Don Pulver, (352) 684-4790.
• Atria Evergreen Woods' memory care expansion/open house, 7030 Evergreen Trail, Spring Hill, 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday. Call Jim Westrich, (352) 596-2055.
• Wider Horizons School, 4060 Castle Ave., Spring Hill, noon, Thursday. Call Domonic Maglio, (352) 686-1934.
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Chick-fil-A, 13143 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, will host its monthly charity cruise-in from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.
The event, sponsored by Chick-fil-A and Monster Transmission & Performance, is on the first Tuesday of each month, benefiting different charities. April's charities are the Boys and Girls Club of Hernando County and For 1 Small Voice, a local autism support group.
The event, which includes music and entertainment, is free for cruise-in vehicles. All participants must register. For information and rules, call toll-free 1-800-708-0087 or visit monstertrans.com.
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BNI Winning Edge will meet from 7:15 to 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Regency Oaks Clubhouse, 4445 Breakwater Blvd., Spring Hill. The cost is $10 and includes breakfast. Call Lisa Cornett at (352) 345-1377.
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Hernando and Pasco County employers are invited to attend a free Lunch & Learn workshop, sponsored by Career Central's Work Experience Program.
Business owners attending the workshop will receive information about the Work Experience Program and how it can benefit both the business and individuals looking to transition into the workforce.
The goal of the program is to help individuals receive training and work experience at no cost to the employer, and improve the career skills of the employee.
The workshop will be offered from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at three Career Central locations:
• Tuesday at 7361 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill.
• Wednesday at 6038 Gall Blvd., Zephyrhills.
• Thursday at 4440 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey.
Lunch will be provided. For information or to RSVP, call Dianne Perkins at (352) 200-3020, ext. 3122, or (813) 841-5381.
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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Networking Group will meet from 8 to 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Arc Nature Coast, 6495 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. For information, call Phil Undestad at (352) 796-1451.
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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce Eastside Business Networking Group will meet at 8:15 a.m. Wednesday at Sherman Hills Country Club, 31200 Eagle Falls Drive, Ridge Manor West. For information, call Kevin Tenney at (352) 540-4521.
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BNI Leaders by Design will meet from 7:15 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Ave., Spring Hill. The cost is $9 and includes breakfast. Call Ralph Vitola at (352) 796-2676.
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The Nature Coast Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association will have its professional development luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at Citrus Hills Golf and Country Club, 505 E Hartford St., Hernando. The cost is $15 for association members and $18 for nonmembers.
The speaker will be Joe Hice, vice president of public relations and marketing for the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa.
The Nature Coast Chapter meets for lunch on the first Friday of each month. To RSVP, contact Katie Mehl at [email protected] or (352) 344-6501 by April 1.
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Hernando Elite Businesses, a group of local vendors in Spring Hill, will have a Vendor Extravaganza from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 6 in the parking lot of Kally K's restaurant, 3383 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.
Free goody bags will be offered to the first 50 guests. Donations to benefit the Cozy Camp, an offshoot of Devereux Kids that helps the homeless of Hernando County, will be accepted. Items needed include shampoo, toothpaste, razors, toilet tissue, ice packs, blankets, any camping gear and batteries.
Vendors participating in the event include Avon, Grace Adele Purses, Partylite, the Traveling Vineyard, Marla's Gifts from the Heart, Wells Fargo, Thirty One Gifts, Origami Owl Jewelry, Mary Kay, Scentsy, Pampered Chef, Velata and others.
For information about vendor space or the event, call Mary at (727) 267-4910 or Athena at (352) 263-3807.
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The Florida Small Business Development Center Network is bringing four experts to Hernando County to help serve the growing needs of business owners with free consulting from April 15 through June 16 at the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.
Consulting about Internet marketing, accounting and taxes, health care practices, business planning, minority certifications, international trade and QuickBooks will be available.
To schedule a confidential consultation, call the chamber at (352) 796-0697.
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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce is presenting a new leadership program, the "Disney on Leadership" series.
The series, presented by sheriff's Lt. Col. Royce M. Decker, reviews past, present and future business practices that have made the Disney name synonymous with exemplary products and services. The goal is to provide a solid foundation for customer service, loyalty and satisfaction.
Session 4 will be from noon to 1 p.m. April 18 or from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. April 25. Classes will be at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.
The cost for chamber members is $15 per class or $45 for the series. The cost for nonmembers is $20 per class or $65 for the series.
To RSVP, register online at hernandochamber.com/events. For information, call the chamber at (352) 796-0697.
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