Oak Hill Hospital at 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, was recently designated as a Blue Distinction Center for cardiac care by Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Florida.
Oak Hill is the first and only hospital in Hernando and Citrus counties to hold this designation. The designation means the facility provides a full range of cardiac care services, including in-patient cardiac care, cardiac rehab, cardiac catheterization and cardiac surgery, including coronary artery bypass graft surgery.
For information, visit BCBS.com.
Susan Smith-Skelton, community liaison with Horizon Homecare, has been promoted to a sales leadership position at the agency.
Smith-Skelton will mentor colleagues and help them enhance their marketing skills. She has been with Horizon Homecare for nearly two years and currently markets in west Pasco.
Horizon Homecare is at 2977 Landover Blvd., Spring Hill, and at 7421 Ridge Road, Port Richey. For information, call (352) 684-3550 or (727) 844-5600.
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Dr. Craig R. Bennett was the featured speaker at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point on Sept. 23, presenting a lecture on treatments for hip and knee arthritis.
Bennett practices orthopedic surgery in Hudson, Brooksville, Inverness and Ocala. He can be reached toll-free 1-888-495-3148.
The Sertoma Speech and Hearing Foundation will host a Hernando County employment forum for employers and for people with disabilities from 8 to 11 a.m. Monday at the Residence at Timber Pines, 3140 Forest Road.
Job seekers will have an opportunity to learn about job possibilities. Employers will be provided with the latest information on tax benefits when hiring individuals with disabilities. A complimentary breakfast will be served.
The event is sponsored in partnership with Career Central, Abilities of Florida and Vocational Rehabilitation. For information, call Debra at Sertoma, (727) 834-5479, or Sharon at Abilities, (352) 200-3038.
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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have two ribbon cuttings during the coming week:
• Grow Financial Federal Credit Union, Mariner Commons Office, 4122 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill, noon Wednesday. Call Diane Renberg at (352) 684-6477.
• A Picture Place of Spring Hill, 3661 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, noon Thursday. Call Chris or Candace Weinstein at (352) 263-2935.
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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will host a seminar/workshop featuring Bright House Networks' Jen Holloway at 9 a.m. Wednesday at 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville, in the chamber's training room.
Holloway's seminar, "Perception is Everything: How You Make That First Impression Opens the Door to Potential Clients," will focus on ways to sell yourself in the first 30 seconds, whether in person or in the media.
In December 2008, Holloway retired as the longtime morning anchor for BayNews 9 and began a new position as a marketing relations representative for Bright House Networks.
Admission is free to chamber members. The cost is $15 for nonmembers. Reservations are required. For information or to register, contact Carla Hayes at (352) 796-0697 send an email to Carla@hernandochamber.com.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Heron Point Health & Rehab at 1445 Howell Ave., Brooksville, will have an open house beginning at 5 p.m. Thursday.
The event will include entertainment, food and spirits. Tours of the renovated facility will be available.
RSVP to Wendy or Barbara at (352) 799-1451 by today.
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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have its monthly Business After Business Social from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday at 1445 Howell Ave., Brooksville.
September's event is sponsored by Heron Point Health & Rehab. For information, call Wendy Hopkins at (352) 799-1451.
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The Hernando Youth Initiative will present the third annual Summit for Youth, sponsored by the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce Education Committee and the Hernando County Education Foundation, on Thursday at Faith Presbyterian Church, 200 Mount Fair Ave., Brooksville.
Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., and the event will be from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Speakers include Jack Levine, child and community advocate for more than 25 years, and Sandra Covington Smith from the Drop Out Prevention Center. Communities in Schools will be highlighted as a research-based solution to students dropping out of school.
For information or to RSVP, call Tracy Echols at (352) 277-3322.
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Tickets are available for the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce's Beach Bash 2010: Key West Fest at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Hernando Beach Club, 3145 Flamingo Blvd., Hernando Beach.
This year's sponsor is Brooksville Regional Hospital. Those scheduled to sit in the dunk tank include Lori Bainum, Tom Barb, Randy Woodruff, Mickey Smith, Duane Chichester, Dan DeWitt and Mike Duncan.
Tickets are $15 per person and include dinner, dancing and games, including the dunk tank. A cash bar will also be available. Sponsorships are available. For information, call (352) 796-0697. For directions, visit hernando beachclub.com.
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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 goal is to develop long-term relationships with other business professionals. There are no membership fees. Call Deborah Cutlip at (352) 293-4317 or through naturecoastbusiness professionals.com.
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POSH Hair Studio, 14233 Powell Road, Spring Hill, will have its third annual Cutting for a Cure fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 3, in memory of Jenna Cucciniello, niece of owner Susan Alascia.
Jenna Cucciniello was diagnosed with a brain tumor and died Feb. 2, 2007.
Each year, in memory of her niece, Alascia holds a fundraiser to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. All haircuts are $20, and 100 percent of the proceeds will go to the hospital for brain tumor research.
Donations will be accepted. Raffles, entertainment, a dunk tank and refreshments will be offered. Sponsors include Allied Veterans of the World, Felony's Bar & Grill, Deli-Licious and the Wine Toad, which will hold a Drinking for a Cure event in conjunction with the hair-cutting event.
For information, call Alascia at (352) 238-9722.
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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will offer a two-day workshop, "Maximizing Your Time," from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 8 and 15 at the chamber's training room, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.
Participants will gain practical tips to help assess their time-management effectiveness and create a personal plan for improving their skills. Each participant will receive a personalized "time mastery profile."
The workshop will be conducted by Lori Bainum, a corporate trainer specializing in communication, team building, leadership and motivational speaking.
The course is open to the public. The cost is $99 for chamber members and $129 for nonmembers. A certificate of completion will be awarded to those participants who compete both days of the workshop. For information or to register, call (352) 796-0697, ext. 228, or send e-mail to email@example.com. The deadline to register is Monday
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