HOSPITAL EARNS THE GRADE: Brooksville Regional and Spring Hill Regional hospitals were named two of the nation's top performers on key quality measures by the Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America.
The commission recognized the hospitals based on data reported about evidence-based clinical procedures that are shown to improve care for certain conditions, including heart attacks, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care and children's asthma.
ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY SOLD: Aviv REIT, a national real estate investment trust based in Chicago, has purchased three assisted living facilities in Central Florida, including one in Brooksville.
Tangerine Cove, a 47,384-square-foot ALF on Howell Avenue in Brooksville, sold for $7 million as part of the transaction. Tender Loving Care Retirement Residence in Lakeland sold for $3 million, and Heart of Florida in Haines City sold for $3 million.
The Colliers National Seniors Housing Group closed the transaction on Oct. 4. The sellers were Florida Diversified Business Management and Holding Co. and Pinnacle Healthcare Services.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: SCORE Chapter 439 is looking for volunteers to mentor small businesses. For more information, visit score439.org and click on "Volunteer."
WILSON TECHNOLOGY GROUP'S PRESIDENT ATTENDS REGIONAL MEETING: Chuck Wilson, president and chief operations officer of Wilson Technology Group, east of Brooksville, recently attended the Building Industry Consulting Services International Southeast regional meeting in Atlanta.
Wilson was an organizer and facilitator for the event. He is the Southeast regional director for the organization.
DOCTOR LECTURES: Dr. Michael A. Pikos, a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon and the founder of Coastal Jaw Surgery, lectured and performed live surgery at the American Dental Association's annual meeting in New Orleans on Oct. 31.
Pikos' topic focused on dental implants and bone grafting. The surgery was telecast to more than 50 countries.
Pikos' offices are at 4372 Commercial Way, Spring Hill; 2711 Tampa Road, Palm Harbor; and 8845 Hawbuck St., Trinity.
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 in the county.
A business consultant is available at the chamber office to provide access to all of the center's services. The center's Hernando office is at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville. To schedule a counseling session, call Jerry Karp at (352) 796-0697.
FREE HAIRCUTS FOR VETERANS: Kim's Trims, 4072 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill, will offer free haircuts to veterans from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, as a way of thanking veterans for their service.
For information, call (352) 610-4343.
CHAMBER RIBBON-CUTTING: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have four ribbon-cuttings this week:
• The Life Center of Hernando, 6996 Corliss Road, Brooksville, at noon Tuesday. Call Barbara Lemoine, (352) 597-0119.
• Harbor Freight Tools, 2418 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, at 8 a.m. Wednesday. The event includes a grand opening celebration. Call Frank Dambrosio, (352) 796-0697.
• In a Truck, at the chamber's office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville, at noon Wednesday. Call Carol Sanek, (352) 540-0177.
• ICTC, 16090 Flight Path Drive, south of Brooksville, at 10 a.m. Friday. The event includes a grand opening celebration. Call Paul Sochacki, (352) 397-2565.
NATIONAL PHILANTHROPY DAY LUNCHEON: The Nature Coast Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals will host its National Philanthropy Day luncheon at noon Tuesday at Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey.
The chapter includes Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties.
Nominations are being accepted for the following honors: philanthropist of the year, philanthropic corporation, philanthropic small business, philanthropic service organization, volunteer and youth. Sponsorships and tickets are available. Contact Debra Golinski, event chairwoman, or Craig McCart, sponsorship committee chairman, at (727) 834-5479.
IMPROVE YOUR GOOGLE RANKINGS: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Small Business Development Center at USF, will offer "Search Engine Optimization: 15 Steps to Improve Your Google Rankings" from 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.
Learn how to select keywords that are proven performers, blend the keywords into site content and boost site popularity. The workshop will be presented by Mark Narus, certified business analyst for the center.
The cost is $60 per person. To register, visit hernandochamber.com/events.
INVESTING IN UNCERTAIN TIMES SEMINAR: Basil Allison, branch manager at Raymond James Financial Services in Spring Hill, will offer a free, no-obligation seminar on investing in uncertain times at noon Thursday at the Glen Lakes Country Club, 9000 Glen Lakes Blvd., north of Weeki Wachee. To RSVP, call Adrian at (352) 596-1530.
FREE SMALL-BUSINESS SEMINARS: SCORE Chapter 439 is presenting several free seminars.
• "How to Really Start Your Own Business," 5:15 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road.
• "Marketing to Grow Your Business," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Land O'Lakes Branch Library, 2818 Collier Parkway.
To register and get additional information, visit score439.org and click on the "Local Workshops" tab, or call the SCORE office at (727) 842-4638.
LEADERSHIP PROGRAM: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will present the "Disney on Leadership" series at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.
The series, presented by Royce Decker, reviews past, present and future business practices that have made the Disney name synonymous with exemplary products and services. The goal is to provide a solid foundation for customer service, loyalty and satisfaction.
• Session 3 will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday.
• Session 4 will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 13 or from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Dec. 17.
Cost for chamber members is $15 per class. The cost for nonmembers is $20 per class. Register online at hernandochamber.com/events. Call the chamber at (352) 796-0697.
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BNI Winning Edge: 7:15 to 9 a.m. Tuesday, Regency Oaks Clubhouse, 4445 Breakwater Blvd., 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, Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Ave., Spring Hill. The cost is $9 and includes breakfast. Call Ralph Vitola at (352) 796-2676.
Women Building Women: 7:30 to 9 a.m. Thursday, grand lounge on the second floor at the Residence at Timber Pines, 3140 Forest Road, Spring Hill. The cost is $3 and includes a continental breakfast. Guest speaker: Dr. Bob Martinez of Martinez Chiropractic. To RSVP, call (352) 345-3597 no later than Monday.
Nature Coast Business Professionals: 8 a.m. Friday, IHOP restaurant, 3636 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. Guests are welcome. Attendees may order from the menu. Call Dana Cutlip at (352) 293-4317.
Republican Business Leaders Club: Noon Friday, Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane, Spring Hill. The club is open to retired and current business owners, managers and anyone who has made a payroll and created jobs. Call Blaise Ingoglia at (352) 686-8200.