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VET Realty has relocated to a larger office at 114 Flagship Drive, Lutz.

Vernon Taylor, broker/owner and president of the Greater Tampa Association of Realtors, says the business has 15 agents on staff servicing a variety of real estate specialties including residential, commercial, vacant land, affordable housing, green homes, foreclosures and short sales.

For information, call (813) 948-7677 or visit

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Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point's lists the 2009 third quarter recipients of its Colleague Excellence awards, Essential Piece awards, Ethics Inspired award and service awards.

Colleague Excellence awards are given in recognition of outstanding customer service and performance. Recipients include registered nurses Amy Hertog, of the wound care department, Susan Schillance of the special care unit, and Vicki Murphy of the education department.

The Essential Piece award recognizes employees who go above and beyond to demonstrate their dedication to customer focused services. Recipients include registered nurses Brent Adams of the infusion center, Terri Kennedy from telemetry and Jackie Butler from the cardiovascular operating room.

The Ethics Inspired award identifies colleagues who act with absolute honesty, integrity and fairness in the conduct of business and the delivery of high-quality healthcare. This year's recipient is Marcia Hanshaw, a registered nurse in the surgical intensive care unit.

Recognized for five years of service were Barbara McGinty from clinical medical services; Dennis Chambers and Elaine Snee from environmental services; Nizama Muratovic, a registered nurse from medical telemetry; Gerald Grabowski from food and nutritional services; Sonja Bower, a registered nurse, Elizabeth Ronan and Diana Vanhousen, a registered nurse, all from medical/oncology, and Maria Lussen, a registered nurse from the surgery department.

Recognized for 10 years of service were Alvin Ellenwood from the spine care center; Miguel Aday-Torres from plant operations; Jilean Barker and Lisa Laquerre, both registered nurses from the cardiac pulmonary recovery unit; Betz Chelena from the food and nutritional services, and Robert George from special services.

Recognized for 15 years of service were Maurice Rhodes and Guy Sanders, a registered nurse, both from the cardio-pulmonary recovery unit; Deborah Gause from food and nutritional services; Muriel Joy from medical/oncology; Diana Williamson from the vascular lab; Kim Bettineschi from radiology, and Alice O'Hara from the surgery department.

Recognized for 20 years of service were La Juan "Johnnie" Keegan from food and nutritional services; Walter Leder from respiratory services; Michelle Anderson from PAS; Nancy McClellan and Barbara Staley, both from laboratory services; and Sandra Hofacker, and Bonnie Rigsby, both registered nurses from the surgical intensive care unit.

Celebrating 25 years of service was Joanne Cline from sterile processing, and Martha Finfrock from fiscal services.

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Melissa Ervin, clinical services department manager at Applicant Insight, 5396 School Road, New Port Richey, has received the distinguished Substance Abuse Program Administrator certification from the Substance Abuse Program Administrators Association, and can now use the C-SAPA designation.

According to the Substance Abuse Program Administrators' Certification Commission, only 11 professionals received the notable title over the past year. In total, there are only 112 C-SAPAs in good standing.

The C-SAPA certification examination is a rigorous and comprehensive exam developed according to standard psychometric principles, and is the only one of its kind in the drug-free workplace industry.

The C-SAPA certification is renewable every three years with the completion of 24 continuing education hours in the workplace drug and alcohol testing field.

For information, contact Dawn Standerwick, toll-free at 1-800-771-7703, ext. 2095.


The West Pasco Chamber of Commerce will have a ribbon-cutting at Emeritus at New Port Richey, 5539 Charles St., New Port Richey, at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. For information, contact Sylvia Mencik at (727) 848-4459.

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The BNI Revenue Source, a referral-based networking group, will meet from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Heritage Springs Country Club, 11345 Robert Trent Jones Parkway, Trinity.

Visitors are welcome. The meeting cost, which includes breakfast, is $10. For information, call David Randall, president, at (727) 842-7744.

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BNI Eagles will hold a networking event at 7:30 a.m. Thursday at in the Palm Room at Springs Golf and Country Club, 3535 Trophy Blvd. (off Little Road, north of State Road 54).

Please RSVP at (727) 967-1418.

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The Tampa Bay Parade of Homes will be held March 13-28 at communities in Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties. Builder registration continues through Friday.

Model homes will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday throughout the parade.

Model homes will be judged by a panel of independent home-building experts who consider site plan, curb appeal, design, materials, outdoor living spaces, architectural detailing and workmanship.

For information on the Parade of Homes, call (813) 873-1000.

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Service Corps of Retired Executives Pasco-Hernando Chapter 439 will present a free small-business seminar, "Using the Internet in Your Business," from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 13 at the Hugh Embry Library, 14215 4th St., Dade City.

Jim Karam, a SCORE counselor, will present the seminar, which will explain ways that a Web site can enhance the marketing efforts of both startup and existing businesses. The seminar is sponsored by the Pasco County Library System.

For advance reservations or for information, call the SCORE office at (727) 842-4638.

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Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point will host the lecture, "Atrial Fibrillation — Treatment for Irregular Heart Rhythm," at 3 p.m. Jan. 19 at its conference center, 14000 Fivay Road, Hudson.

Dr. N. S. Rattehalli, a cardiac surgeon, and Dr. Raul Jimenez, a cardiac electrophysiologist, are the featured speakers and will discuss minimally invasive options now available.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Reservations are required. Call (727) 869-5498 or toll free at 1-888-741-5119.

If you have business announcements you would like to share with our readers, mail the details to Jean Hayes, Business Digest, Pasco Times, 11321 U.S. 19, Port Richey, FL 34668. You may also e-mail items to or fax them to (727) 869-6233. Items may be edited for length and clarity. Photos are published as space permits; they will not be returned.

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