Brooksville Regional and Spring Hill Regional hospitals were recently named among the nation's top performers on key quality measures by the Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America.
The hospitals were recognized for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions, including heart attacks, heart failure and pneumonia.
Brooksville Regional is at 17240 Cortez Blvd., west of Brooksville; Spring Hill Regional is at 10461 Quality Drive, Spring Hill.
Registered nurse Michael A. Bennett was recently appointed chief operating officer at Access Healthcare, 5350 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.
Bennett will report directly to the company's chief executive officer, Dr. Pariksith Singh. Bennett, a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, comes to Access from MCIC Vermont in Atlanta, where he served as senior director of underwriting and physical risk mitigation. He has an extensive background in health care management, corporate risk management, market management and nursing administration.
For information, call (352) 688-8116.
The Spring Hill Jazzercise Fitness Center, at 7257 Forest Oaks Blvd., will have an open house and celebration from 1 to 4 p.m. today to mark its first anniversary at its new location.
Festivities will include demonstrations, line dancing and other activities. Refreshments and prizes will be offered. Admission is free, and participants should dress to exercise.
For information, call Becky Mooneyham at (352) 442-85959.
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Career Central and Employ Florida Marketplace are hosting a Seasonal Retail Job Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at Career Central, 7361 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill, and from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday at Career Central, 4440 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey.
Attendance is free and open to any Hernando or Pasco resident or employer. For information, call Dianne Perkins, business relations specialist, at (352) 200-3020, ext. 3122, or Kristie Drinosky, business relations specialist, at (727) 484-3400, ext. 0245.
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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have three ribbon cuttings during the coming week:
• YaYa'z Place, 2149 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill, noon Tuesday. Call Dee Jones, (352) 684-9292.
• AutoWay Ford and Lincoln, 7200 Broad St., Brooksville, noon Wednesday. Call Don Fortier, (352) 796-3525.
• Bigun's Bar-B-Q, 7280 Sunshine Grove Raod, west of Brooksville, 1 p.m. Thursday. Call David Cullum, (352) 596-4180.
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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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Monster Transmission and Performance of Brooksville will host a Cruise-In for Charity from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Chick-fil-A, 13143 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill.
The event benefits Habitat for Humanity and will include music, games, prizes and valve cover racers.
For information, call Nancy Holley, Monster Transmission's community outreach coordinator toll-free at 1-800-708-0087, ext. 4491.
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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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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce Young Professional 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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SCORE Chapter 439 is presenting a series of free business seminars:
• "How to Apply for a Business Loan," 5 to 6:45 p.m. Tuesday at Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville.
• "Using the Internet in Your Business," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9 at Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson.
• "Advanced QuickBooks," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9 at Land O'Lakes Branch Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O'Lakes.
• "How to Really Start Your Own Business," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at Hugh Embry Branch Library, 14215 Fourth St., Dade City.
• "Starting a Home Business 101," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at South Holiday Branch Library, 4649 Mile Stretch Drive, Holiday.
• "Introduction to QuickBooks," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at New River Branch Library, 34043 State Road 54, Zephyrhills.
• "How to Market in This Economy," 5 to 6:45 p.m. Oct. 16 at West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill.
• "How to Really Start Your Own Business," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St., New Port Richey.
• "Creating a Business Plan," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at Centennial Park Branch Library, 5740 Moog Road, Holiday.
To register, visit score439.org and click on the Local Workshops tab, or call the SCORE office at (727) 842-4638.
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The Hernando Youth Initiative, a subcommittee of the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce's Education Committee will present the fifth annual Summit for Youth and Families, "Engaging in Your Community," from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mount Fair Ave., Brooksville. Registration begins at 8 a.m.
The event brings business owners and parents together who are passionate about education. The summit is free and open to the public. It is designed to help address community challenges such as educating workers to help businesses grow, and raising productive and contributing children.
Speakers will include business owner John Mitten, Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis and superintendent of schools Bryan Blavatt.
Continuing education units are available. For information, call Tracy Echols at (352) 277-3322.
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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 Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce's 2012 Beach Bash: Under the Sea will be from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday at the Hernando Beach Club, 3145 Flamingo Blvd., Hernando Beach.
Tickets are $15 per person and include dinner and entertainment. A cash bar will be available. Dance music will be provided by Next Exit, and listening music by DJ John Winans. There will be a dunk tank with local dignitaries and a "shipwrecked" obstacle course.
Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling the chamber at (352) 796-0697 or online at hernandochamber.com.
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Cadence Bank will have its fall festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 13 at the bank's Spring Hill office, 1300 Pinehurst Drive, off Applegate Drive.
The event is free and open to the public; it will include arts and crafts, a car show by Flamingo Auto Group, a bounce house and petting zoo. Music will be provided by Martini Enterprises, and dancing by Tina's Dance Academy.
The vendor fee of $10 will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Hernando County.
For information or to reserve a spot, call (352) 666-5200.
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Monster Transmission and Performance of Brooksville is hosting a Cruise-In for Charity from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 13 at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee.
The event will benefit the Friends of Weeki Wachee, and car show participants will be able to enjoy the attractions at the park. The event will include raffles, awards and valve cover races.
For information, call Nancy Holley, Monster Transmission's community outreach coordinator, toll-free 1-800-708-0087, ext. 4491.
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