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Pasco County business news and notes for Nov. 10

Gwen Alonso is the new chief nursing officer at Florida Hospital Zephyrhills.

Gwen Alonso is the new chief nursing officer at Florida Hospital Zephyrhills.

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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

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 and click on "Volunteer."

Who's news

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

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

Bulletin board

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

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

Building skills

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 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.

Save the date

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

If you have business announcements you would like to share, mail the details to Jean Hayes, Business Digest, Pasco Times, 11321 U.S. 19, Port Richey, FL 34668. You may also email items to or fax them to (352) 754-6133. Submitted items may be edited for length and clarity. Photos are published as space permits; they will not be returned.

Networking and mixers

Trinity Positive Business Network: 8:30 a.m. Monday at Oasis Coffee Spot, 9213 Little Road, in Regency Shopping Center, New Port Richey. Call Tony Nalli at (727) 858-7907.

Business Network Int'l: Visitor's Day event, 7:30 to 9 a.m. Tuesday at Plantation Palms Golf Club, 23253 Plantation Palms Blvd., Land O'Lakes. The event is hosted by the Business By Referral chapter. To RSVP, call Nikki Denzik, (813) 422-4438.

BNI Outlook to Success: 7:30 a.m. Tuesday at Timber Greens Country Club, 6333 Timber Greens Blvd., New Port Richey. The cost is $8 and includes breakfast. Call (727) 847-3898.

Catholic Business Network: 7:30 to 9 a.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of the Rosary, 2348 Collier Parkway, Land O'Lakes. All Christians welcome to network. Call Mary Ann Whallen at (813) 833-4737 or visit

Business Development Council: 8:15 a.m. Tuesday at Cracker Barrel, 5341 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. The business networking group, hosted by Cadence Bank, promotes individual business members. The group meets the second Tuesday of each month. Call Crystal Menzie Olson at (727) 376-1030.

East Pasco Networking Group: 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at Village Inn, 5214 Gall Blvd., Zephyrhills. The group meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. Call Nils Lenz at (813) 782-9491.

West Pasco Chamber of Commerce: Monthly chamber membership luncheon, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at Fox Hollow Golf Club, 10050 Robert Trent Jones Parkway, New Port Richey. Speaker: Cynthia M. Jolly. Cost: $12, includes beverage, tax and gratuity. (727) 842-7651.

West Pasco Business Association: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at 2150 Seven Springs Blvd., Trinity. Made up of professionals who promote one another's businesses. Visit

BNI Revenue Source: 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at Heritage Springs, 11345 Robert Trent Jones Parkway, Trinity. Call Alyssa Kaplan toll-free at 1-888-202-4614, ext. 806.

Pasco Business Connections: 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Broken Yolk, 3350 Grand Blvd., Holiday. The group meets Wednesdays. Email

Pasco Aging Network: 8 to 10 a.m. Wednesday at the CARES Rao Musunuru M.D. Enrichment Center, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway, Hudson. Breakfast will be provided free. For a reservation, call Teri Nichols at (352) 796-6000. PAN is a coalition of agencies and private providers of elder services in Pasco.

Free Networking International: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Cantina Laredo restaurant, 2000 Piazza Ave., Building 4, Suite 170, Wesley Chapel (at the Shops at Wiregrass). Attendees pay for their own lunch. Call Martine Duncan at (813) 929-6816.

West Pasco Business Network: Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Blue Dolphin, 8825 State Road 52, Hudson. For more information, visit or call Bill Pearce at (727) 277-2617.

Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce: November Mixer, 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Driftwood Condos of Zephyrhills, 38333 Cottonwood Place, Zephyrhills.

BNI Eagles: 7:15 a.m. Thursday at Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey. Cost is $10 and includes breakfast. Call Clay Henderson at (727) 534-5191.

BNI Referral Connection: 7:15 to 9 a.m. Thursday at Vallarta's Mexican Restaurant, 22948 State Road 54, Lutz. Call Rob Hamilton at (813) 431-5887.

Trinity/West Pasco Chapter of NPI: 7:45 a.m. Thursday at IHOP, 10740 State Road 54, New Port Richey. Call Rob Marlowe at (727) 847-2424.

Applebee's Networking Group: Business card and brochure exchange from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday at Applebee's, 8537 Little Road, New Port Richey. The event is sponsored by Synergy Ad Specialties. Cost is $12. For reservations, call the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce at (727) 842-7651 by Wednesday.

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