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Hernando's Business digest for July 4

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Hospital earns awards: Oak Hill Hospital in Spring Hill was recently awarded a certificate of distinction in the management of heart failure by the Joint Commission. The award is based on a review of compliance with national standards, clinical guidelines and outcomes related to patient care. The hospital also announced that its Emergency Care Center has received the Emergency Nurses Association's Lantern award. Only 17 emergency centers nationally met the criteria for the designation. The honor indicates that the emergency department exemplifies outstanding and exemplary performance in the core areas of leadership, practice, education, advocacy and research.

Hospital relocates outpatient rehab services: Oak Hill Hospital relocated its outpatient rehabilitation services to 11307 Cortez Blvd., on the west side of the hospital campus, effective June 23.

The move is designed to provide easy access for patients. The outpatient services will be in the same building as the hospital's new graduate medical education program.

Residence at Timber Pines receives national award: The Residence at Timber Pines, a senior living community in Spring Hill, has been recognized as a 2014 recipient of the Bronze Commitment to Quality award for its outstanding performance in the health care profession.

The award, presented by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living, highlights facilities across the nation that have demonstrated intent to pursue a rigorous quality-improvement system.

CareerSource Pasco Hernando honored by governor: Gov. Rick Scott and CareerSource Florida issued a challenge to all 24 workforce boards in Florida to double their employer penetration rate for the 2013-14 program year.

Goal 1 emphasized doubling the employer outreach in each region. Goal 2 emphasized doubling Level 1 services provided to employers within their region.

CareerSource Pasco Hernando reached both goals and was awarded $121,333.

"The governor's support in our workforce endeavors has helped jobseekers and employers in Pasco and Hernando counties get back to work. His challenge focused on the needs of connecting employers to jobseekers," said Jerome Salatino, CareerSource Pasco Hernando CEO.

HCA on Computerworld's 'Best 100 Places to Work in IT' list: HCA, for the sixth time, has earned national recognition as one of the best workplaces for information technology professionals, according to Computerworld. HCA, which has 165 hospitals, including Oak Hill Hospital in Spring Hill, ranked 42nd on the 2014 "Best Places to Work in Information Technology" list of 100 companies.

Bulletin Board

FREE BUSINESS ASSISTANCE: SCORE, a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow and succeed across the nation, has partnered with the Small Business Administration and Counselors to America's Small Business to offer free counseling to both start-up and established businesses.

More than 26 former business owners and corporate executives are available to offer assistance to Hernando and Pasco county individuals. For information, visit or call (727) 842-4638.

FREE BUSINESS CONSULTATIONS: The Small Business Development Center at the University of South Florida and the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce provide free consultations to small businesses and entrepreneurs.

A business consultant is available at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville, to provide access to all of the center's services. To schedule a session, call Jerry Karp at (352) 796-0697.


EXERCISE FOR TROOPS: The Jazzercise Spring Hill Fitness Center, 7257 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill, will host its sixth annual Americana Jazzercise classes at 9 and 10 a.m. today.

The hourlong classes are free and open to the public. Those who wish to attend are asked to wear red, white and/or blue and come dressed to exercise. Those participating are asked to bring an item for military troops. Cash donations to cover postage are also appreciated. Donations will be accepted through Monday.

All items will be donated to Gifts From Home, which sends boxes overseas to troops. Call (352) 442-8595.

Spring Hill PAHCOM meeting: The Spring Hill Chapter of the Professional Association of Health Care Office Management will meet Tuesday at Bayfront Health Spring Hill, 10461 Quality Drive, Spring Hill.

Dinner and networking will be from 5:15 to 5:45 p.m. The meeting/program will be from 5:45 to 7 p.m. Ruth Hoock will conduct a roundtable discussion on employee morale.

Each month, the meeting alternates between Oak Hill Hospital and Bayfront Health Spring Hill. Guests are welcome. For information, call Jeanine Maurer, (352) 597-2240.

PHSC Encore Academy presents boot camp and job skills workshops: The Encore Academy at Pasco-Hernando State College will have its Back to School Boot Camp and Job Seekers workshops for students 50 and older. Workshops will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. throughout July and August at the Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court, Spring Hill.

The program addresses the major obstacles facing older people who want to return to the classroom or improve their job outlook. Students may enroll for the entire series or select individual workshops.

Coming workshops include:

• Intro to Computers, Tuesday.

• Job Seeking Skills, Thursday. Free.

• Computer Maintenance, July 15.

• Applying for Jobs Online, July 17. Free.

• Computer Security, July 22.

• Resume Writing, July 24. Free.

• Intro to MS Word, July 29.

• Networking for Success, July 31. Free.

• Intro to File Management, Aug. 5.

• Interviewing Skills, Aug. 7. Free.

The registration deadline is three days prior to the workshop. Workshops are $12 each unless otherwise stated. Call (727) 816-3439 or visit

Building skills

Educating entrepreneurs: SCORE Chapter 439 will present a free business seminar, How to Apply for Non-Profit Grants, from 5 to 7 p.m. July 14 at the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.

To register, visit and click on the "Local Workshops" tab or call the SCORE office at (727) 842-4638.

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 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.


and mixers

BNI Winning Edge: 7:15 to 9 a.m. Tuesday, VFW Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, Spring Hill. The cost is $10 and includes breakfast. Call Lisa Cornett at (352) 345-1377.

BNI Leaders by Design: 7:15 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Marine Corps League Detachment 708, 8405 Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville. The cost is $9 and includes breakfast; no cost for first-time visitors. Call Marianne Zirk at (352) 340-4456.

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