Spring Hill Regional Hospital, 10461 Quality Drive, Spring Hill, has begun using the da Vinci Surgical System, a minimally invasive robotic surgery system. Brooksville Regional, its sister hospital, was the first to bring the robotic technology to Hernando County in November 2010.
With da Vinci, surgeons perform surgeries by using a computer console to view magnified, high-definition images of the surgery site. Surgeons use hand controls at the console to manipulate the system's robotic arms to make precise surgical maneuvers.
At Spring Hill Regional, Dr. Natalie Leibensperger, a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist, was the first to perform a procedure using the robotic system.
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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Small Business Development Center at the University of South Florida, provides free consultations to small businesses and entrepreneurs in Hernando County.
Consultations and access to all SBDC services are available at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville. To schedule a counseling session or for information, call Jerry Karp at (352) 796-0697.
Realtor Randy McLellan recently joined the staff at Re/Max Advantage Realty, 4320 Lake in the Woods Drive, Spring Hill.
McLellan, a certified distressed property expert, is short sale and foreclosure resource certified, and he recently completed the course to become a certified FHA 203 renovation specialist.
He can be reached at (352) 544-7445.
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Dr. Nirmala Rose Jacob, a primary care physician, has joined the medical staff at Access Healthcare, 5350 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.
Jacob has been practicing medicine since 1998. She grew up in Italy and speaks four languages, including Italian, English, French and Malayalam. For information, call (352) 688-8116.
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Dr. Lawrence Hochman, a fellow of the American College of Radiation Oncology, recently received brachytherapy focus practice recognition. Hochman is the first diplomate certified in radiation oncology to be granted the national recognition.
Hochman is the radiation services director of Florida Cancer Affiliates, 11373 Cortez Blvd., Suite 200, Spring Hill. For information, call (352) 597-4998.
The Quality Inn Weeki Wachee, 6172 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee, will be the site of the Sweet Sixteen, Prom & Bridal Expo from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.
The event, which is free and open to the public, will include more than 20 vendors, as well as prize drawings every half hour, starting at 2 p.m. Participants in the drawings must be at least 18 years old.
For information or to register online, visit expo19.com.
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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have two ribbon cuttings during the coming week:
• Chase Bank, 4200 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill, noon Tuesday. Call Michael Meehan, (352) 684-9995.
• HRXTENSION, 15120 County Line Road, Suite 104, Spring Hill, noon Thursday. Call Anthony Edelston, toll-free, 1-800-921-4339.
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BNI Winning Edge will meet from 7:15 to 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Regency Oaks Clubhouse, 4445 Breakwater Blvd., Spring Hill. The cost is $10 and includes breakfast. Call Lisa Cornett at (352) 345-1377.
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Chick-fil-A, 13143 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, will host its monthly charity cruise-in from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.
The event, sponsored by Chick-fil-A and Monster Transmission & Performance, is on the first Tuesday of each month, benefiting different charities. March's charity is Relay for Life of Spring Hill.
The event, which includes music and entertainment, is free for cruise-in vehicles. All participants must register. For information and rules, call toll-free 1-800-708-0087 or visit monstertrans.com.
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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce Eastside Business Networking Group will meet at 8:15 a.m. Wednesday at Sherman Hills Country Club, 31200 Eagle Falls Drive, Ridge Manor West. For information, call Kevin Tenney at (352) 540-4521.
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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Networking Group will meet from 8 to 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Arc Nature Coast, 6495 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. For information, call Phil Undestad at (352) 796-1451.
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BNI Leaders by Design will meet from 7:15 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Ave., Spring Hill. The cost is $9 and includes breakfast. Call Ralph Vitola at (352) 796-2676.
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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have its March brochure exchange at noon Friday at Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q, 4731 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.
This month's power group is trades/retail and related industries. The cost for chamber members is $13 with RSVP or $15 at the door. The event includes lunch. RSVP required by Wednesday. Register online at hernandochamber.com/events. For information, call Lauren Jolly at (352) 796-0697.
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Frontier Park, off Cortez Boulevard, west of Brooksville, will host its 41st anniversary party Thursday to March 10. Robert McGlashen has owned the RV community since it opened.
Events that are free and open to the public include a street party and concert with the Southern Reign Band at 7 p.m. Friday. The street by the gazebo will be blocked off, and a stage will be set up. Door prizes will be awarded, and there will be a 50/50 drawing to benefit All Children's Hospital. Food, including hot dogs and hamburgers, will be available for purchase. Also, the LifeSouth bloodmobile will be in front of the office for donations from 4 to 8 p.m.
A gospel concert with David Onan and the Gulf Ridge Quartet will be at 7 p.m. March 10 in the clubhouse. For information, call Marv at (352) 442-3210.
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The Nature Coast Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association's fifth annual Roast 'n Toast fundraiser will be Friday at Citrus Hills Golf and Country Club, 505 E Hartford St., Hernando. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; the dinner and program begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $75 per person.
The chapter will be honoring Chris Moling, owner of TMC Productions and DRC Sports. Frank DiGiovanni will serve as roastmaster. A champagne toast will honor the Public Relations Professional of the Year.
This year's circus-themed event will benefit the public relations profession by making scholarships, training grants and accreditation rebates possible for Citrus and Hernando County public relations professionals and students. For information, contact Katie Mehl at (352) 344-6501 or [email protected]
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Kicks Karate and the Spring Hill Jazzercise Fitness Center will co-host an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. March 9 at the fitness center, 7257 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill.
The event is free and open to the public. Kicks Karate will offer a women's personal protection class for adults and an anti-bullying class for youth. The center will offer Jazzercise classes. Local health, fitness and wellness businesses will also offer information. Those attending should dress to exercise.
For information, call (727) 645-8749.
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Griffonwood Alpaca will host a Hoofin' for Health fundraiser to benefit the American Cancer Society Relay for Lifeor Life from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 16 at 4063 Baseball Pond Road, east of Brooksville.
The event includes musical entertainment, a dove release, ballroom dancing, face painting, a kickboxing demonstration and other activities. A 50/50 drawing and raffles will be offered. Visitors may feed or pet an alpaca by hand for $5.
For information or to RSVP, call (352) 544-0337.
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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Small Business Development Center at the University of South Florida, will present "Marketing Your Business," from 2 to 5 p.m. March 20 at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.
The seminar will be presented by Jerry Karp, a certified business analyst with the SBDC. The cost is $25 per person. To RSVP, visit hernandochamber.com/events or call (352) 796-0697.
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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce is presenting a new leadership program, the "Disney on Leadership" series.
The series, presented by sheriff's Lt. Col. Royce M. Decker, reviews past, present and future business practices that have made the Disney name synonymous with exemplary products and services. The goal is to provide a solid foundation for customer service, loyalty and satisfaction.
• Session 3 will be from noon to 1 p.m. March 21 or from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. March 28.
• Session 4 will be from noon to 1 p.m. April 18 or from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. April 25.
The workshops will be offered as either a lunch-and-learn or an after-work session. All classes will be at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.
The cost for chamber members is $15 per class or $45 for the series. The cost for nonmembers is $20 per class or $65 for the series.
To RSVP, register online at hernandochamber.com/events. For information, call the chamber at (352) 796-0697.
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The annual Hernando Marketplace: Live, Shop and Play, presented by the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce and the Hernando County Parks and Recreation Department, will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 30 at Anderson Snow Park, 1360 Anderson Snow Road, Spring Hill.
The family-friendly event, which is free and open to the public, is designed to showcase Hernando County businesses and services. The event will include an Easter egg hunt from 11 a.m. to noon, as well as radio broadcasts, music and food vendors.
Chamber members and nonmembers are invited to participate. The vendor booth fee is $50 for chamber members and $75 for nonmembers.
Child-oriented businesses are invited to participate in the Kids Zone, which will include face painting, games, balloon art and other surprises. For those who provide an activity, demonstration or giveaway for children, the registration fee will be waived.
For information about the event, contact Dawn Badami at (352) 796-0697, ext. 5 , or [email protected] For information about the Kids Zone, call Kim Poppke at (352) 754-4061.
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The fifth annual Hogan Law Firm Charity Fishing Tournament to benefit HPH Hospice will be April 27, casting off from Bayport Park.
The event begins at 7 a.m., with fishing ending at 3 p.m. An awards banquet and silent auction will follow.
Registration fee is $100 per angler for individuals with their own boat, bait and tackle. Anyone who registers by March 15 will receive a $25 discount. Anglers receive a gift bag, tournament shirt and three meals for the day.
For more information, including sponsorship opportunities, call the Hogan Law Firm at (352) 799-8423 or visit HLF-FishingTournament.com.
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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will present the fourth annual Chick-fil-A Leadercast event from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 10 at Grace World Outreach Church, 20366 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville.
The event is broadcast live from Atlanta to hundreds of sites throughout the nation.
Speakers will include Jack Welch, Andy Stanley, Mike Krzyzewski, John Maxwell, Dr. Henry Cloud, Lt. Cmdr. Rorke Denver, Sanya Richards-Ross, David Allen and Condolezza Rice.
The event is open to the public. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Tickets purchased before Feb. 28 are $49. Tickets purchased later will be $69 for chamber members, $79 for nonmembers and $59 for nonprofit organizations. Group discounts are available.
The event includes all materials, as well as breakfast and lunch. Corporate sponsorships are available. For information, call the chamber at (352) 796-0697.
To purchase tickets online, go to hernandochamber.com.
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