Brooksville Regional and Spring Hill Regional hospitals have earned the top grade of "A" in a new national hospital safety report by the Leapfrog Group.
Leapfrog based the scores on 26 publicly available hospital safety measures, including data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the American Hospital Association and the Joint Commission. The scores cover the period from April 2010 through March 2011.
For information, call Robin Schneider, (352) 797-4645.
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The Small Business Development Center at the University of South Florida and the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce have partnered to provide free consultations to small businesses and entrepreneurs in Hernando County.
A business consultant is available at the chamber office to provide access to all of the center's services. The center's Hernando office is at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville. To schedule a counseling session, call Jerry Karp at (352) 796-0697.
Realtor-associate Maria Buckle has joined the staff of Preferred Property Associates at 280 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill.
Buckle has six years of real estate experience in Hernando County. She is on the Hernando County SPCA board of directors and holds an associate's degree from North Central Texas College.
Buckle can be reached at (352) 556-9073.
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Debbie Brouse and Karen Suozzo, both with Access Healthcare, 5350 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, have recently received their certifications as professional coders.
Several Access Healthcare coders have already received certification, and seven others are studying for the test in July.
The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have three ribbon cuttings during the coming week:
• Lifestyle Limousine, at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville, noon Tuesday. Call Lisa Gancedo at (352) 942-8608.
• Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More, 7071 Coastal Blvd., Brooksville, noon Thursday. Call Stacey Gillis at (352) 610-9932.
• Scott Paint Co., 1248 S Broad St., Brooksville, noon Friday. Call Jon James at (352) 796-1777.
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The Hernando County Medical Alliance will have a luncheon as part of its Women Leading Social Change series, beginning at noon Tuesday at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane, Spring Hill.
The guest speakers will be Carla Hayes of HPH Hernando and Audrey Ehrhardt, an attorney. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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A free workshop, "Open Your Own Business," will be offered at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville. Jerry Karp, a certified business analyst with the University of South Florida Small Business Development Center, will be the presenter.
Participants will learn about licensing requirements and city, county and federal regulations. Also covered will be the major factors to include in a business plan, as well as fundamental marketing practices.
Participants should bring their lunches. For reservations, call Anthony Adams at (352) 754-4043 or visit the library's website at hernandocountylibrary.us.
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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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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the corporate training department at Pasco-Hernando Community College, will offer the course "Communications Intelligence" from 8 a.m. to noon Thursday and June 28 at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.
PHCC will also offer the class from 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday and June 26 in Room A164 at PHCC's Dade City campus, 36727 Blanton Road.
The course will include a personal assessment for each participant. Using DISC, a learning-based research tool, each person will learn to effectively communicate with all types of people, in all types of situations and at all types of events.
A certificate of completion will be awarded. Tuition is $159 for chamber members or groups of four or more, or $189 per person. For information, call the chamber at (352) 796-0697 or email email@example.com.
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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have its June After-Hours Mixer at Merritt Funeral Home, 2 S Lemon Ave., Brooksville, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday.
To RSVP or for information, call Alan Storms at (352) 796-6699.
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Women Building Women will host its first Friday Night Mixer from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at Skin Care by Donna, 191 E Jefferson St., Brooksville.
Libations from Riverstone Wines of Brooksville will be available for $10 per bottle. To RSVP, call (352) 678-6043 no later than Wednesday.
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The Nature Coast Business Professionals, a nonexclusive networking group, will meet at 8 a.m. Friday at the IHOP restaurant, 3660 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.
The goal of the group is to develop long-term relationships with business professionals. There are no membership fees. Call Dana Cutlip at (352) 293-4317.
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The Hernando Builders Association will have its monthly general membership dinner meeting at 6 p.m. June 25 at the HBA office, 7391 Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville.
Because June is Builders Appreciation Month, builders attending will receive one free drink compliments of the Spike Club. Florida Home Builders Association senior officers will be in attendance. The HBA will also present the Hernando Sportsman's 4-H Club with a donation — proceeds from the recent Nature Coast Game Roast.
Dinner will be catered by Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q. The cost is $15 per person, prepaid or at the door. Reservations are requested. For information or to RSVP, call (352) 596-1114.
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