Hospital earns awards: Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point received the Get With the Guidelines — Stroke Gold Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.
The award recognizes the hospital's commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted guidelines.
The medical center was also awarded an A rating in the Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well a hospital protects patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections.
The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation's leading experts on patient safety and is administered by the Leapfrog Group.
Hospital's physicians recognized: Gulf Coast Medical Center's Port Richey North location and all of its primary care physicians have been awarded Level 3 Recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance Physician Practice Connections — Patient Centered Medical Home.
PCMH is a model of health care delivery that aims to improve the quality and efficiency of care.
Tax Collector's employee retires: Rosemary Lindeman, a longtime employee of the Pasco County Tax Collector's office, recently retired. Affectionately known as the "gatekeeper" in the Gulf Harbors office, she was most often the first person customers greeted when they entered the office.
Lindeman received a plaque during a farewell ceremony on May 1.
Dermatology teams participate in skin cancer screening event: Melanoma Monday was recently observed at CARES Claude Pepper Center, Senior Health Clinic in New Port Richey. Dermatology teams from area practices provided free skin cancer screenings to the public. The annual event is always held the first Monday in May.
Dermatology professionals assisting in the event included Dr. John Robett Hamill and his team from Gulfcoast Dermatology; the medical professionals from New Image Dermatology; Dr. Brian Johnson and Dr. H. Lai; Pam Healey, Tamara Jones, Louisa Barry and Andrea Falcon.
TOP AGENTS: Coldwell Banker F.I. Grey & Son Residential, 6330 U.S. 19, New Port Richey, has announced its top Realtors for April:
• Sean Riordan received the Top Listing Agent by Volume and the Top Producing Agent by Units awards.
• Randal Jenkins received the Top Listing Agent by Units award.
• Sherrie Mauzy received the Top Selling Agent by Volume award.
• Team Maceda, whose members include Joseph P. Maceda Jr., Kristin Mizgorski, Rebecca Duffy and Tracy Karakaris, received the Top Selling Agents by Units and the Top Producing Agents by Volume awards.
For information, call office manager Kelly Parker-Powell at (727) 495-2424.
Saint Leo University welcomes vice president of business affairs: Eric Weekes was recently appointed vice president of business affairs at Saint Leo University.
Weekes comes to SLU from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, where he was senior executive vice president and chief financial officer.
Doctor joins North Tampa Behavioral Health: Dr. Tonja Johnson recently joined the medical staff at North Tampa Behavioral Health in Wesley Chapel.
Originally from Nashville, Dr. Johnson is board certified in psychiatry through the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology.
Trinity entrepreneur awarded microloan: Ervin Dhima recently received help in opening his own restaurant from Pasco Economic Development Council through its microloan program.
Dhima, the 12th recipient of a microloan from Pasco EDC, recently opened a franchise of the Little Greek Restaurant at 3032 Little Road in Mitchell Ranch Plaza, Trinity. He grew up in Corfu, Greece, and trained professionally with the head chef at Corfu Palace Hotel and Resort. After immigrating to the United States in 2000, Dhima worked in the iconic Greek restaurant, Parthenon, in Chicago.
Several banks have seen the potential that Pasco EDC's microloan offers companies and have invested in the program since its inception including the Bank of America, CenterState Bank, Suncoast Credit Union, and Wells Fargo.
For information, visit pascoedc.com.
Doctor receives continuing dental education: Dr. David Kimmel, from the Florida Center for Laser Dentistry, recently returned from the Mahan Alumni Association and LSU Continuing Dental Education meeting in New Orleans.
Every year, Kimmel, who began training for TMJ/TMD (temporamandibular joint dysfunction) in 2000 with Dr. Parker Mahan, attends the annual meeting to study the latest research on the treatment of TMD. This year the focus was on sleep apnea and TMD.
Pasco tax collector honored: Mike Fasano, Pasco County tax collector, recently accepted an award from the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve agency.
The award recognizes Fasano as a "Patriotic Employer" for contributing to national security and protecting liberty and freedom by supporting employee participation in America's National Guard and Reserve force.
ShredFest: The fourth annual ShredFest will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, 8700 Citizen Drive, New Port Richey. A drop-off area will be set up in the parking lot for easy drop off and transport to the shredding truck.
Residents are invited to shred confidential documents safely and securely. The free event is a partnership between the Pasco Sheriff's Office Economic Crimes Unit, Independent Financial Services and ShredGreen.
Chamber ribbon-cuttings: The West Pasco Chamber of Commerce will have two ribbon-cuttings this week.
• Advanced Laser and Skin Care Center, 4115 Little Road, Suite 102, New Port Richey, at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. Call Jeanette Schaefer, (727) 264-8842.
• Joseppi's Market & Deli, 9721 U.S. 19, Port Richey, at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. The event will include a grand reopening from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Call Joe Kelly, (727) 857-6020.
Educating entrepreneurs: SCORE Chapter 439 is presenting a series of free business seminars. Upcoming seminars include:
• "How to Prepare a Business Plan," 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.
• "How to Apply for a 501c3," 5:35 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road.
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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