HOSPITAL RECEIVES A RATING: Florida Hospital Zephyrhills ranked among the nation's top hospitals according to the annual Leapfrog Group survey, an analysis of patient safety and qualify performance measures from 2,539 hospitals.
The Hospital Safety Score grades general acute care hospitals on how safe they are for patients. Publicly available data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, and secondary data sources are weighted and then combined to produce a single, consumer-friendly composite score that is published as an A, B, C, D or F letter grade.
The 2013 Leapfrog Hospital Survey results are available at hospitalsafetyscore.org/.
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."
DOCTOR LECTURES: Dr. Michael A. Pikos, 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. His presentation topic was focused on dental implants and bone grafting. The live surgery was telecasted to more than 50 countries.
Pikos' offices are at 8845 Hawbuck St., Trinity, 4372 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, and 2711 Tampa Road, Palm Harbor. For information, call (727) 375-0469, (352) 596-6804 or (727) 786-1631.
FINANCIAL ADVISER WINS WOMEN'S CHOICE AWARD: WomenCertified, the leading advocate for female consumers, announces that Brian Rockwell with the Rockwell Financial Group of Raymond James, has received the Women's Choice Award for Financial Advisers based on rigorous research, 17 objective criteria including a client survey to obtain feedback regarding service and practices.
The award is the only recognition program for well-qualified advisers who are committed to the women's market and serving their female clients.
WomenCertified, originator of the award, was created by Delia Passi, a leading advocate for female consumers and former group publisher of Working Woman and Working Mother magazines.
The Rockwell Financial Group of Raymond James is at 9040 Tryfon Blvd., Suite A-104, Trinity. For information, call (727) 372-2530.
DOCTOR RECEIVES NATIONAL RECOGNITION: Dr. Steven Strobbe, board certified in family practice and cardiovascular computed tomography, was recently recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance and the American Diabetes Association for providing quality care to his patients with diabetes.
Strobbe is owner of Gulf Coast Medical Center, which has two offices in Port Richey and one in Spring Hill. For information, visit gcmc1.com.
HOSPITAL NAMES CHIEF NURSING OFFICER: Florida Hospital Zephyrhills has named Gwen Alonso the new chief nursing officer for the hospital. Alonso will have oversight over all nursing departments within the 139-bed acute care facility. She brings more than 30 years of nursing experience to her new role.
For information, visit floridahospital.com/zephyrhills.
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 at 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.
To get information or to schedule an appointment, call toll-free 1-888-929-2221.
COUNTY FAIR: The Women's Connection of New Port Richey will host its "A County Fair" program from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday at Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey. The program will be followed at noon by guest speaker Nada Decker, who will discuss the topic, "Do you feel invisible, like you don't matter?" The cost is $15 and includes the program, luncheon and speaker. To RSVP, call Linda at (727) 856-4042 by Saturday .
The West Pasco Chamber of Commerce will have a combined ribbon-cutting for 5LINX and Helicon Foundation Repair at the Verizon Event Center, 8718 Trouble Creek Road, New Port Richey at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. To schedule a ribbon-cutting, call the chamber at (727) 842-7651.
The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce will have a ribbon-cutting for Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union, 32745 Eiland Blvd., Zephyrhills, at 11 a.m. Friday. An Open House from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. will also be held. To schedule a ribbon-cutting, call the chamber at (813) 782-1913.
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 Nature Coast Chapter includes Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties.
Nominations are being accepted. Categories include: 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.
BPW HOLIDAY BAZAAR: The Business & Professional Women of Calusa will have its annual holiday bazaar from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday at Seven Springs Golf & Country Club, 3535 Trophy Blvd., New Port Richey. Enter via double glass doors directly across from the golf pro shop. The event is open to the public. Lunch will be available for $12 for members/$13 nonmembers. RSVP to Leah at (727) 868-9523 ext. 2240 by Wednesday.
SLEEK & SEXY: The seventh annual "Sleek & Sexy" Masquerade A Le Paris Night will begin at 7 p.m. Friday at the Verizon Event Center, 8718 Trouble Creek Road, New Port Richey.
The event, presented by Bob Memoli with Florida Luxury Realty, is a fundraiser to benefit the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce's Young Professionals Group's charity and scholarship fund. Tickets are $50 per person or $90 per couple if purchased by Monday. Tickets are $60 per person or $110 per couple after Monday. No tickets available at the door. For information or to purchase tickets, visit sleekandsexy.org.
SYMPHONY IN LIGHTS: The annual Symphony in Lights Priemere and Santa's Arrival Celebration at the Shops at Wiregrass will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday in the Center Court. The holiday light show, choreographed to music featuring the Trans Siberian Orchestra has become a holiday tradition.
The event includes live performances by Late Night Brass Band, strolling carolers, strolling models and special guest — Santa. For information, visit theshopsatwiregrass.com.
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, Hudson.
• "Marketing to Grow Your Business," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Land O'Lakes Branch Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O'Lakes.
To register and for additional information, visit score439.org and click on the "Local Workshops" tab, or call the SCORE office at (727) 842-4638.
LUNCH AND LEARN: The Greater New Port Richey Main Street will hosts its monthly Lunch and Learn event at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Vincenzo's Ristorante, 5650 Main St., New Port Richey. Cost: $12.95 (includes beverage, tax and tip). Guest speaker: Richard Massa of Massa and Associates.
Lunch and Learn is a series of monthly informational lunches to give local businesses the tools and information needed for success in a changing economy. Lunch and Learn is held the second Thursday of each month at a variety of local restaurants.
To RSVP, call (727) 842-8066.
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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 will be Jan. 18 at the Zephyrhills Municipal Airport, 39450 South Ave. Visit zephyrhillschamber.org.
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