Integral Healthcare was recently selected as one of 106 new Medicare accountable care organizations across the United States.
Under the new federal Affordable Care Act, doctors and health care providers may establish ACOs, which are designed to hold down Medicare costs. Dr. Pariksith Singh, board-certified in internal medicine and the founder of Access Healthcare, serves as the ACO executive of record.
ACOs must meet quality standards to ensure that savings are achieved through improving care coordination and providing care that is appropriate, safe and timely. Medicare beneficiaries using ACOs may choose doctors inside or outside the ACO.
Roughly half of all ACOs are physician-led organizations that serve fewer than 10,000 beneficiaries. For information, call (352) 799-0046.
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The Michelin Soccer Program and Mancini Automotive, 14540 County Line Road, Spring Hill, donated more than $300 in funds and equipment to the First Hernando Youth Soccer Club. The donations will help provide scholarships, uniforms and other essentials for the club.
The Michelin program partners with tire dealers, providing the dealers the opportunity to reach out to the community. For information about the program, visit michelinsoccer.com/?league_overview. Call Mancini Automotive at (727) 856-6992.
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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Small Business Development Center at the University of South Florida, provides free consultations to small businesses and entrepreneurs in Hernando County.
Consultations and access to all SBDC services are available at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville. To schedule a counseling session or for information, call Jerry Karp at (352) 796-0697.
Frank Rossetti, a senior retirement adviser, recently opened FDR Financial Group at 5327 Commercial Way, Suite B106, Spring Hill.
FDR offers retirement and insurance planning options for Hernando County residents, focused primarily on the needs of teachers.
Joining Rossetti at FDR is his wife, Paula, who serves as administrative assistant; Tom Melaccio, in client services, and seven field agents.
The Rossettis and their three children live in Hernando County. For information, call (352) 293-2972, ext. 301, or visit fdrfinancial.com.
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Access Healthcare recently recognized employees during its "Access Celebrates Excellent Service" event. More than 275 attended the affair at the Palace Grand in spring Hill. Winners, who were nominated by fellow team members, received a certificate, trophy and eight hours of paid time off.
Employees Marissa Valenti and Sharron Herod were named Most Dependable. Other winners included: June "Liz" Rutter, Best Skills; Kathleen Stickley, Most Humble; Mary Cooper, Person of Integrity; Doreen Ruggerio, Most Hospitable; Dina Good, Participation; Kate Peters, Most Tactful; Dina Amundsen, Ray of Sunshine; Debra Schiedel, Most Teachable; Michelle Zito, Best Attitude; Nichole Nagy, Dirty Job; Vicki Bryan, Team Player; Michelle Maves, Most Trustworthy; Lori Crego, Unsung Hero; Kendra Wilson, Best Co-worker; and Bridgett Werry, HIPAA Hero.
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Registered nurse Debra Otis, a system nurse specialist for HPH Hospice, recently completed the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization's Level 1 Hospice Manager Development Program.
Otis, who attended class from June to November, also attended a two-day foundational program that reviews tools required of a hospice manager, including values-based leadership, regulations and standards, situational leadership, critical thinking and decision making, as well as interviewing, feedback, coaching and evaluation skills. In addition, she took two online courses and exams to reach Level 1 status.
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Verna Pedersen Runyan, an advanced registered nurse practitioner-certified with Access Healthcare has achieved certified diabetes educator status.
Certified by the National Certification Board of Diabetes Educators, Runyan holds licenses in both New York and Florida as a registered nurse and nurse practitioner. She practiced as a critical care nurse for 15 years prior to returning to school for her advanced practice degree and certification in 1995. She is board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and has practiced nursing for 33 years — 18 of them as a family nurse practitioner.
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Dr. Nicholas Strobbe of the Gulf Coast Medical Center, board certified in internal medicine, recently was designated an aviation medical examiner after training at Federal Aviation Administration headquarters in Oklahoma City, Okla.
As an aviation medical examiner, Strobbe is a designated representative of the FAA. He has been delegated authority to perform medical examinations for private Class II or Class III medical certificates.
Strobbe is a physician and an avid pilot. Gulf Coast Medical Center has two locations in Port Richey and one in Spring Hill. For information, visit gcmc1.com.
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Registered nurse Catherine A. Judd of the Visiting Nurse Association of Florida has completed outcome and assessment information set/specialist-clinical certification.
The exam that Judd, of Spring Hill, completed is the only nationally standardized, psychometrically validated test that evaluates a clinician's knowledge of OASIS guidelines.
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Dr. John E. Baker of the Foot & Ankle Care Center, 6317 Sealawn Drive, Spring Hill, was recently installed as president of the Florida Podiatric Medical Association.
Baker is a 1991 graduate of the Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago. He did his first year of residency at the VA Medical Center in Augusta, Ga. His second year of residency was at Doctors Hospital in Santa Anna, Calif.
In 1994, Baker joined a podiatry group in Clearwater; he opened his own office in Spring Hill one year later. In 1996, he opened his second office in Citrus County. He has privileges for foot and ankle trauma at all three Hernando County hospitals.
In 2003, Baker started the Hernando component of the Florida Podiatric Medical Association. In 2004, he received the Young Practitioner of the Year award from the Florida Podiatric Medical Association.
For information, visit bakerpodiatry.com.
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Registered nurse Cherie Creamer, director of quality at Spring Hill Regional Hospital, has renewed her oncology certified nurse credential.
Creamer has been a registered nurse since 1999 and has practiced in multiple specialties, including pediatrics, otolaryngology and oncology. She received her nursing degree from Chattanooga State Community College and her bachelor's degree in advanced patient care and professional development from Grand Canyon University.
The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have four ribbon cuttings during the coming week:
• Oak Hill Hospital North Tower, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, at 11 a.m. today. Call Richard Linkul, (352) 597-6383.
• Kiwanis Club of Weeki Wachee, chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville, noon Tuesday. Call Dana Cutlip, (352) 428-4714.
• Merchant Network Group, chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville, noon Wednesday. Call Rosy Alba, (866) 268-1918.
• Varajao Law, 5367 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, noon Thursday. Call Nelson Varajao, (352) 556-5296.
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Dairy Queen Grill & Chill, 901 S Broad St., Brooksville, and the Florida State Muscle Car Club host a cruise-in from 5 to 8 p.m. every Tuesday, weather permitting. Proceeds benefit HPH Hospice and Hernando County schools.
The events feature classic cars and trucks, musical entertainment, prizes and drawings. For information, call Gerry Evans at (352) 799-1461.
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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 Small Business Development Center at the University of South Florida will present a seminar, "Ignite Your Online Marketing," from 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.
Presenting the seminar will be Mark Narus, a Google-qualified professional from the SBDC. Participants will learn how to take advantage of online marking tools and help maximize presence on the Web.
Those attending will receive a Google reference guide and a complimentary $100 gift card toward a Google Adwords account.
The cost is $45. Register online at hernandochamber.com/events. For information, call the chamber at (352) 796-0697.
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BNI Leaders by Design will meet from 7:15 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Ave., Spring Hill. The cost is $9 and includes breakfast. Call Ralph Vitola at (352) 796-2676.
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The Nature Coast Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association will have its professional development luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at Citrus Hills Golf and Country Club, 505 E Hartford St., Hernando. The cost is $15 for association members and $18 for nonmembers.
This month's speaker will be Chris Gent, a certified public relations counselor, who will discuss planning and managing public relations campaigns.
The Nature Coast Chapter meets for lunch on the first Friday of each month. To RSVP, contact Katie Mehl at email@example.com or (352) 344-6501 by Monday.
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Three local businesses — A Unique Touch, Papenheim Chiropractic and Absolute Health Chiropractic, all at 11046 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, will have an open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 2.
There will be refreshments and drawings. For information, call Kathrine Allen, (352) 666-0065.
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Chick-fil-A, 13143 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, will host the monthly charity cruise-in from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 5.
The event, sponsored by Chick-fil-A and Monster Transmission & Performance, is on the first Tuesday of each month, benefiting different charities. February's charity is the Humane Society of the Nature Coast.
The event, which includes music and entertainment, is free for cruise-in vehicles. All participants must register. For information and rules, call toll-free 1-800-708-0087 or visit monstertrans.com.
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SCORE Chapter 439 is presenting a series of free business seminars:
• "Starting a Home Based Business," 5 to 6:45 p.m. Feb. 5, Lykes Memorial Library, main branch, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville.
• "How to Really Start Your Own Business," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12, New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St., New Port Richey.
• "How to Use the Internet in Your Business," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13, Hugh Embry Branch Library, 14215 4th St., Dade City.
• "How to Market in This Economy," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 19, Centennial Park Branch Library, 5740 Moog Road, Holiday.
• "How to Apply for a Business Loan," 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 23, Regency Park Library, 9701 Little Road, New Port Richey.
• "Advanced QuickBooks," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26, 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. Feb. 26, Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson.
• "How to Create a Business Plan," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27, South Holiday Branch Library, 4649 Mile Stretch Drive, 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 Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will present a new leadership program, the "Disney on Leadership" series. The series, presented by Lt. Col. Royce M. Decker, will review past, present and future business practices that have made the Disney name synonymous with exemplary products and services.
The goal of the training is to provide a solid foundation for customer service, loyalty and satisfaction.
• Session 2 will be from noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 21 or from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 28.
• Session 3 will be from noon to 1 p.m. March 21 or from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. March 28.
• Session 4 will be from noon to 1 p.m. April 18 or from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. April 25.
The workshop will be offered as either a lunch-and-learn or an after-work session. All classes will be at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.
The cost for chamber members is $15 per class or $45 for the series. The cost for nonmembers is $20 per class or $65 for the series.
To RSVP, register online at hernandochamber.com/events. For information, call the chamber at (352) 796-0697.
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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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