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Oak Hill Hospital at 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, recently received re-accreditation by the Florida Medical Association as a provider of continuing medical education for physicians. The FMA in its accreditation stated that the hospital fulfilled the intra-state accreditation requirements set forth by the FMA and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. Accreditation is for a full four year term with an expiration date of Oct. 31, 2016.

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Suncoast Rehabilitation Center, a Spring Hill drug and alcohol rehab facility with a 76 percent success rate, was recently awarded a 100 percent performance rating by the Florida Department of Children & Families for the third year in a row.

The annual inspection determines whether facilities are eligible for licensing. The facility provides long-term residential treatment, intensive sauna detoxification, life-skills and cognitive therapy and counseling. For information, visit

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Home Instead Senior Care, an independently owned and operated company that is part of an international franchise network, has opened at 8184 Chaucer Drive, Spring Hill.

Owned by Maureen Riser, the local office provides services designed to help a growing number of seniors age in place. The company's caregivers provide companionship, meal preparation, light housekeeping, medication reminders, errands and shopping services that can help seniors remain independent. All caregivers are thoroughly screened, trained, bonded and insured.

Before starting her own business, Riser worked in the health care industry for more than 24 years; the majority of it at Moffitt Cancer Center as an inpatient nurse, outpatient clinic nurse, case manager, financial analyst, operations manager and a department administrator overseeing hospital and physician practices in multiple departments.

Riser was also employed as a regional director for a local hospice and as an administrator for a national home health company.

For information, call (352) 340-5900 or visit

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USA Tree Service and the Hernando County Foster Parents Association will host their third annual Christmas party for Hernando County foster children Dec. 16. This year's theme is "Music and Art."

In order to provide each child with a day of fun and memories, community support — in the form of toys, money, refreshments and gift certificates — is needed.

Gifts for the party may be dropped off at USA Tree Service, 8033 Cortez Blvd., Weeki Wachee or call Karen or Sarah for pick-up at (352) 596-1333 or (352) 428-1502. The deadline for gifts is Dec. 14.

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Members of the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce are being asked to partner with Jericho Road Ministries by collecting food items for Operation HOPE (Helping Other People Eat).

Items needed include toilet paper, dry milk, peanut butter, jelly, rice, canned soup, boxed mashed potatoes, canned tuna/chicken, vegetables and fruit, spaghetti sauce, pasta, macaroni and cheese, and breakfast cereal.

Items may be dropped off at any chamber event or at the chamber office, at 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville, before Dec. 21.

For information, call (352) 796-0697.

Who's news

Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, has announced its "stars" — associates of the month — for October.

They are Dennis Blumberg, Christine Burnes and Michael Liguori.

Blumberg, patient transporter, joined the hospital's radiology department in January of 2009. As a patient transporter, he moves patients to testing areas and back to their rooms. Blumberg lives in Spring Hill with his parents, Patricia and Charles Blumberg.

Christine Burnes, certified nursing associate, joined the hospital in January of 2011. She mostly works on the fifth floor telemetry unit, but also floats where she is needed. In addition to her work as a CNA, Burnes is also a preceptor and therefore is responsible for spreading care to new members of the hospital's team. She and her husband of 20 years, Keith, along with their son, Anthony, 17, live in Weeki Wachee.

Michael Liguori, pharmacist, joined the hospital's pharmacy department as a clinical pharmacist in August of 2004. As a clinical pharmacist, 75 percent of his time is spent decentralized in the patient care areas reviewing and optimizing patients' drug therapy in conjunction with the medical, nursing and clinical staff to provide the best pharmaceutical care. The remainder of his time is spent in distributive pharmacy functions and systems, providing accurate and timely medications to patients. Liguori and his wife, Ruth Anne, live in Hernando Beach with their children, Kevin Michael, 20, and Andrea Elizabeth, 17.


The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have two ribbon cuttings and an open house during the coming week:

Magnolia Terrace Tea Room, 6282 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee, noon Tuesday. Call Karen Hyde, (352) 556-4819.

Family Chiropractic & Wellness Center, 8403 Balm St., Spring Hill, noon Wednesday. Call Jennifer Rickert, (352) 340-5936.

Dr. Natalie Ellis will have an open house at 18118 Powell Road, Brooksville, noon Thursday. Call Dr. Ellis, (352) 610-4415.

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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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Dairy Queen Grill & Chill, 901 S Broad St., Brooksville, and the Florida State Muscle Car Club will host a cruise-in from 5 to 8 p.m. every Tuesday, weather permitting. Proceeds will benefit HPH Hospice and Hernando County schools.

The events will feature classic cars and trucks, musical entertainment, prizes and drawings. For information, call Gerry Evans at (352) 799-1461.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have its December membership holiday breakfast meeting from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Wednesday at Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mount Fair Ave., Brooksville.

Cemex is the sponsor of this 26th annual Christmas breakfast and will cover the breakfast cost for members. An RSVP is required and must be done online at

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have its annual Holiday Golf Tournament on Thursday at Southern Hills Plantation Club, 4200 Summit View Drive, Brooksville.

The event will feature "Q-School" conditions. Registration and continental breakfast begin at 7:30 a.m., with a shotgun start at 8:30. Breakfast will be catered by Chick-fil-A. The $100 entry fee includes golf, cart, range balls, breakfast and a barbecue lunch. A silent auction will be held immediately after the tournament.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For information or to register, call Dawn Badami at (352) 796-0697 or Travis Wellman at (352) 796-3522, or visit

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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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Sheridan Tax & Bookkeeping at 17020 County Line Road, Suite 102, Spring Hill, will host a "Keep More of What You Make" seminar from 9:15 to 11:30 a.m. Friday.

The free event, will include helpful tips for retiring tax-free, and last-minute tax strategies that can be implemented before Dec. 31. Attendees will also learn how long they should keep business records and what's important to keep, how to restructure a current business and how to set up a new business.

To RSVP, call (352) 678-3143.

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The Nature Coast Chapter of the Professional Association of Health Care Office Management will meet Dec. 11 in the cafeteria conference room at Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill.

A complimentary dinner and networking will begin at 5:15 p.m.; the meeting will be at 5:45 p.m. The program is "Coming Up with a New Year's Resolution." The speaker will be Mickey Smith, Oak Hill Hospital's chief executive officer.

The association is dedicated to the professional development of its members in health care practice management. Interested practice managers are invited. RSVP to Dee Suber at (352) 683-0007 by Thursday.

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Vendors are being sought for the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce's fifth annual Light Up Ridge Manor Christmas Festival from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at Sunrise Plaza, 31100 Cortez Blvd., Ridge Manor West.

The event is free and open to the public. Santa Claus will visit. There also will be a train ride, a cakewalk, a DJ, the Smokey Bear House with Smokey Bear, clowns and balloons, children's games and activities, raffles, vendors and other activities. Proceeds will benefit Eastside Elementary School.

Vendor registration forms may be obtained and dropped off at SunTrust Bank in Ridge Manor West or faxed to (352) 799-5970.

For information, call Deidre Fletcher at (352) 796-9486 or Kevin Tennie at (352) 540-4521.

If you have business announcements 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 email 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 11/30/12 [Last modified: Friday, November 30, 2012 3:30am]
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