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Hernando County Business Digest, Nov. 7

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Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, has announced its "stars" — associates of the month — for October. Each month, an associate representing each of the hospital's three areas of service — nursing, ancillary and support — is chosen in a process that involves nominations and voting by the staff.

This month's stars are: Charm Clark, Kathleen Gosline and Joan Taylor.

Clark, a certified nursing assistant in the medical unit, began working at Oak Hill in July 2006. She has worked on the second, fourth and fifth floors, in the emergency department and in pre-op. She and her husband, Glenn, live in Spring Hill. They have three sons.

Goslin, a registered nurse, joined Oak Hill in 2006 and works on the fourth floor. She and her husband, Ron, live in Spring Hill. They have a daughter.

Taylor, a patient care assistant, joined the progressive care unit at Oak Hill in June. She and her husband, Corey, live in Spring Hill. They have three daughters.

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Dr. Gerald Sokol, a radiation and medical oncologist with Florida Cancer Institute-New Hope, presented two papers at the 10th meeting of the International Society of Geriatric Oncology, Oct. 15-17 in Berlin, Germany.

Sokol is board certified in internal medicine, radiation oncology, medical oncology, clinical pharmacology and quality assurance.

The first paper was titled "Prevalence of Vitamin D Deficiency in Geriatric Oncology Patients." Dr. Gail Wright and registered nurse Melissa Blandford, both of Florida Cancer Institute-New Hope, also participated in the paper.

The second paper was titled "The Effects of Oncotype DX Recurrence Score on Treatment Recommendations for Geriatric Patients with Early State Hormone Receptor Positive Breast Cancer."

Sokol can be reached at the center's Spring Hill office, 10441 Quality Drive, Spring Hill, (352) 688-7744, or at the Hudson office, 7651 Medical Drive, (727) 868-9208.


Belk Department Store, 13151 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, will have its fall charity day sale from 6 to 10 a.m. today.

The four-hour shopping event provides a chance for customers to support charities and local schools and take advantage of special discounts.

In return for a $5 donation, customers receive a ticket admitting them to the charity sale and entitling them to merchandise discounts ranging from 20 percent to 50 percent. Customers also receive $5 off their first purchase of $5 or more at the event, and Belk cardholders receive double points for card purchases.

In addition, participating customers can register to win one of three $1,000 Belk shopping sprees, and all participating charities and schools will automatically be registered to win a $1,000 donation, with three to be awarded.

For information or to register, call Chris Tracy, store manager, at 592-1515, ext. 201.

Service Corps of Retired Executives Pasco-Hernando Chapter 439 will present a free small business seminar, "Introduction to QuickBooks," from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at the West Hernando/Staffordene T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill.

Mike Kouremetis, a SCORE counselor, will present the seminar. No registration is required.

For information, call the SCORE office at (727) 842-4638.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have the following ribbon-cuttings during the coming week:

• Disciples Academy of Performing Arts & Modeling, 11132 Libby Road, Spring Hill, noon Tuesday. For information, call Natalie A. Betancourt at (352) 688-8080.

• Whispering Pines Dental Lodge, 609 Lamar Ave., Brooksville, noon Thursday. For information, call Petra Gordon at (352) 796-2034.

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A fundraiser to benefit Nature Coast Volunteers for Veterans will be from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday at Chick-fil-A, 13143 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill.

Customers can drop their receipts into a box set up for the veterans group, and at the end of the day the restaurant will tally the receipts and give 20 percent of total to the organization. Nature Coast Volunteers for Veterans serves veteran residents at the Baldomero Lopez State Veterans Nursing Home in Land O'Lakes.

For information, call (352) 596-2826.

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Texas Roadhouse, 12935 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, will hold a Kick-off the Holiday Season event to benefit Toys for Tots from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Patrons may bring an unopened new toy for Toys for Tots and get their picture taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

For information, call (352) 596-2225.

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The new Ali Lassen's Leads Club, Business Partners of Hernando Chapter will meet from noon to 1:15 p.m. Tuesday at Ercolano's Italian Restaurant, 4185 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. Club members and guests can order from the menu. A separate membership fee is required.

The speaker will be Gerri Batista with AAA Travel in Spring Hill.

All business representatives are invited to join. For information, call Lois Bleicher at (352) 200-4809 or visit

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The Nature Coast Chapter of the Professional Association of Health Care Office Management will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Oak Hill Hospital, 11775 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, in the classroom adjacent to the cafeteria.

The topic will be "Healthcare Reform Legislative Update," presented by Dr. Deborah Tracy.

The association is dedicated to the professional development of its members in health care practice management. Interested practice managers are invited. For information or to reserve a seat, call Rose Privitera at (352) 596-6264 by Monday.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will be closed on Wednesday in observance of Veterans Day.

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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. For information, contact Ray Heter at (352) 688-1900 or via e-mail at

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Green World Path Inc., 1665 Donto Way, Brooksville, will offer a free class on the components that govern health for all living plants and animals at 6 p.m. Thursday.

The speaker will be Winston Kao from Go Beyond Organics, who will speak on organic and inorganic materials, air and spacing of plants, as well as the soil and soil compaction, water structure and frequencies of water, and soil-based microorganisms.

For information or directions, call (352) 799-0200.

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The Nature Coast Human Resources Society, the local affiliate chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management, will offer an employment law update from 7:30 to 9:15 a.m. Thursday at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane, Spring Hill.

William Grob, a managing partner with Ford & Harrison LLP, will present the update. His practice focuses on labor and employment law.

The meeting has been approved for one professional in human resources hour and one senior professional in human resources recertification credit from the Human Resource Certification Institute.

The cost is $12 for society members and $15 for nonmembers. To RSVP, send e-mail to For information, contact Carla Looper, president, at or visit the Web site:

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Strong Tower Vineyards & Winery, 17810 Forge Drive, Spring Hill, will host a Wine Tasting, Appetizers & Live Bluegrass/Country Music event from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday to benefit the Arc Nature Coast.

Tours of the winery will be given. The cost for event is $15 per person or $25 per couple. Those attending can register to win a 32-inch Vizio flat-screen LCD high-definition television compliments of the Wal-Mart Distribution Center. Tickets are $3 each or two for $4. The drawing will be at 8 p.m.

For tickets, directions or information, call (352) 799-7612.

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 County Business Digest, Nov. 7 11/06/09 [Last modified: Friday, November 6, 2009 4:48pm]
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