For the sixth consecutive year, respiratory therapists at Pasco Regional Medical Center, 13100 Fort King Road, Dade City, earned "Quality Respiratory Care Recognition" under a national program aimed at helping patients and families make informed decisions about the quality of respiratory care services available in hospitals.
About 15 percent of hospitals in the Unites States have received this accolade.
The program was started by the American Association for Respiratory Care in 2003. Hospitals earning the quality designation ensure patient safety by agreeing to adhere to a strict set of criteria governing their respiratory care services.
Pasco Regional Medical Center's respiratory therapy program is overseen by Dr. Paul Chakola, a pulmonologist with East Pasco Pulmonology and Critical Care Associates. The program is staffed by registered respiratory therapists and certified respiratory technicians. Department director Doug Collins is a registered respiratory therapist and certified asthma educator.
For information, call (352) 521-1176.
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Leadership Pasco, a development program that explores critical issues through a series of seminars and hands-on activities, is accepting applications for the Class of 2011.
The program is open to people interested in community involvement and perpetuating the prosperity of Pasco County.
The program includes such topics as leadership skills, the history of Pasco County, education, health care/social services, law enforcement/criminal justice, economic and business development, government and infrastructure.
For an application, call Leadership Pasco toll-free at 1-866-783-1122 or at (727) 844-5247.
The New Port Richey Professional Network group will have its weekly networking luncheon from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Monday at the Lobster Cove at the Ramada Inn Bayside, 5015 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. Members and guests can order from the menu.
This week's speaker is Melanie Milletics, a business developer with Body by Vi Challenge.
The network comprises a broad membership of businesses representing event planning, public relations, communications and merchandising, among others. Call Rhonda Cantu at (727) 243-8765.
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The West Pasco Chamber of Commerce's Hudson Networking Group will have its business card and brochure exchange from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the IHOP restaurant, 12426 U.S. 19, Hudson.
The event is sponsored by Wells Fargo Advisors and will feature Derek Pontlitz, financial adviser. The cost is $10 per person.
For information or to RSVP, call the chamber at (727) 842-7651 by Monday.
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Service Corps of Retired Executives Pasco-Hernando Chapter 439 will present a free small-business seminar, "How to Successfully Start Your Own Business," from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St.
Jim Waters, SCORE counselor, will cover key topics including registering your fictitious company name with the state and filing for a federal employer identification number. Learn how to complete and file the necessary forms, review small business accounting principles and practices, develop a chart of accounts, and learn about record collection for federal income tax preparation for various small business accounting statements. A handbook will be provided.
For information or reservations, call the library at (727) 853-1265 or the SCORE office at (727) 842-4638.
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The Pasco Hernando NPI Networking Group will meet at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday at Boulevard Beef & Ale, 6236 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. Call Rob Marlowe at (727) 847-2424.
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The Association of Fundraising Professionals Nature Coast Chapter will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Carrabba's Italian Grill, 16525 Pointe Village Drive, Lutz.
The speaker will be E. Paul Dietrich, president of E. Paul Dietrich & Associates. Dietrich, a certified fundraising executive and gift planning consultant, will speak about setting up and maintaining a successful planned giving program at a small nonprofit.
The association represents more than 30,000 members in 206 chapters around the world, working to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, education and certification programs.
The Nature Coast Chapter was chartered in 2009 and includes members throughout Pasco and Hernando counties.
The meeting is open to members and nonmembers. Cost is $25 and includes lunch. Advance registration and payment are required. Visit www.afp- naturecoast.org or call Craig McCart, chapter president, at (727) 834-5479.
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Career Central will present a hurricane preparedness seminar for businesses from 8:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday at Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey.
The event is free for businesses and includes breakfast. The event sponsor is Knowledge Quest Education Solutions.
Topics to be covered include: "Be Red Cross Ready," "Protecting Yourself Before the Storm and What You Need After the Storm," "Where Do Businesses Fit Today?" and "Restoration After the Storm."
For information or reservations, call (352) 200-3027.
The BNI Revenue Source, a referral-based networking group, will meet from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Wednesday at Heritage Springs Country Club, 11345 Robert Trent Jones Parkway, Trinity. Visitors welcome. The meeting cost, which includes breakfast, is $10. Call David Randall, president, at (727) 842-7744.
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The West Pasco Chamber of Commerce's Trinity Networking Group will have its business card and brochure exchange from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Fox Hollow Golf & Country Club, 10050 Robert Trent Jones Parkway, Trinity.
The event is sponsored by ABCO Graphics & Printing. The cost is $10 per person. For information or to RSVP, call the chamber at (727) 842-7651 by Tuesday.
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The Business Growth Conference will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Land O'Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O'Lakes. The event is free.
The conference is hosted by the Florida Small Business Development Center and sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration for National Small Business Week.
Business owners interested in taking their companies to another level are encouraged to attend. Topics covered include growing globally, marketing for growth, growing via electronic media and financing growth.
To register, visit the SBDC's website at www.sbdctampabay.com. For information, call (813) 905-5821.
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The West Pasco Chamber of Commerce's Boulevard Beef & Ale Networking Group will have its business card and brochure exchange from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at Boulevard Beef & Ale, 6236 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey.
The event is sponsored by Apollo Window Tinting & Graphics. The cost is $10 per person. For information or to RSVP, call the chamber at (727) 842-7651 by Wednesday.
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BNI Eagles will hold a networking event at 7:30 a.m. Thursday in the Palm Room at Seven Springs Golf and Country Club, 3535 Trophy Blvd. (off Little Road, north of State Road 54) in New Port Richey. Visitors welcome. RSVP at (727) 967-1418.
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The Trinity Business Association, a professional association supporting businesses and professionals in the Trinity area, will have an open house at 5:30 p.m. June 1 at Fox Hollow Golf & Country Club, 10050 Robert Trent Jones Parkway, Trinity.
The event is sponsored by the law office of Linda Braithwaite.
Association members work together to expand and promote business opportunities. Members must live in, own a business or have a place of employment in the Trinity area as defined by the boundaries. Memberships per profession are limited to a select number.
Meetings are held the first and third Tuesday of each month. For information, visit www.Trinity BusinessAssociation.com.
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Women Helping Women, a networking group for women, will have its monthly meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 3 at Fox Hollow Golf & Country Club, 10050 Robert Trent Jones Parkway, Trinity.
A "Spring Cleaning Trade Out," organized by member Gigi D. Evans, will be held. Members are asked to bring in clothes and accessories they are no longer using. Instead of tossing them out, trade them.
Anyone attending the meeting can "shop for free" for items for themselves or family members. Men's and children's clothing will be accepted as well. Any clothing left over will be donated to local nonprofit organizations.
The cost for the luncheon is $11 per person. The group meets for lunch on the first Thursday of each month. There is no charge to join. For information or to RSVP, call Gigi D. Evans at (727) 945-9669 by Thursday.
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The West Pasco Chamber of Commerce will have its ambassador's installation dinner at 6 p.m. June 4 at Fox Hollow Golf & Country Club, 10050 Robert Trent Jones Parkway, Trinity.
For information or to RSVP, call the chamber at (727) 842-7651 by June 2.
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