• The Chest Pain Center at Florida Hospital Zephyrhills received full accreditation with PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention) from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care on Nov. 20. The center has demonstrated its expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding a set of stringent criteria and undergoing an onsite review by a team of SCPC's accreditation review specialists. For information, visit floridahospital.com/zephyrhills.
• Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Hudson received institutional accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. This is the center's second step in developing graduate medical education. The center was approved in August for an internal medicine residency program. The program is accredited for 18 residents, with six starting in July. According to the Florida Department of Health, there is a critical statewide need for physicians and expansion of GME programs such as this can help alleviate the shortages. For information, visit rmchealth.com.
• Pasco Regional Medical Center in Dade City received full accreditation status from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care by achieving a higher level of expertise for assessing, diagnosing and treating patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. For information, visit pascoregionalmc.com.
CHAMBER HOLDS LIGHTING CONTEST: The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce invites residents, businesses, park clubhouses and assisted living facilities to participate in its 2013 Holiday Lighting Contest.
Entry forms must be returned to the chamber by Dec. 9. Judging will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 11-15. Winners will be announced and recognized on Dec. 17 at the chamber office. For contest rules, and to receive an entry form, call (813) 782-1913.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: SCORE Chapter 439 is looking for volunteers to put their business skills to work helping local businesses. SCORE mentors donate their time and talent to small businesses. For details, visit score439.org and click on "Volunteer."
SMALL-BUSINESS CONSULTATIONS: Free consultations for small businesses and entrepreneurs are available by appointment from 9 to 11 a.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month in the Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce conference room, 38550 Fifth Ave.
The chamber offers the free and confidential consultations in partnership with the Small Business Development Center at the University of South Florida. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call toll-free 1-888-929-2221.
AMBASSADORS LUNCHEON: The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce will have its monthly Ambassadors Luncheon at noon Tuesday at Abbott Station, 5327 Gall Blvd., Zephyrhills. The event is sponsored by CF Industries. Call (813) 782-1913
CHRISTMAS MIXER: The East Pasco Networking Group will host a Christmas mixer at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Village Inn, 5214 Gall Blvd., Zephyrhills.
Members are encouraged to bring family. RSVP with a $10 deposit per person or family. Door prizes and a 50/50 raffle will be offered. Call Nils Lenz, (813) 782-9491.
CHAMBER RIBBON-CUTTING: The West Pasco Chamber of Commerce will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Athena Laser & Spa, 4115 Little Road, New Port Richey at 11:30 a.m. Thursday. Call Melissa Messick, (727) 372-3990.
HOLIDAY MIXER: The West Pasco Chamber of Commerce will have its After Five:00 Holiday Mixer from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Regions Bank, 6335 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. Light hors d'oeuvres and libations will be served.
SOCIAL SECURITY PLANNING WORKSHOP: A free Social Security planning workshop will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at the New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St., New Port Richey. The event is free and open to the public. David P. Meglay, certified financial planner, will present "What baby boomers need to know to maximize retirement income." Call toll-free at 1-800-769-1247.
CHRISTMAS MUSIC PROGRAM: The Women's Connection of New Port Richey will present a Christmas music program by Lynn Andrews from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 9 at Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey. The program will be followed at noon by guest speaker Kaye Gruden, who will discuss "Surviving Life's Roller Coaster." The cost is $15 and includes the program, luncheon and speaker. To reserve a spot, call Linda at (727) 856-4042 by Saturday.
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PIGZ IN Z'HILLS BBQ & BLUES: The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce's fourth annual Pigz in Z'Hills BBQ & Blues is Jan. 18 at the Zephyrhills Municipal Airport, 39450 South Ave. Visit zephyrhillschamber.org.
Sponsorships are available. For information, call (813) 782-1913.
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