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Published Oct. 10, 2005

Dr. W. Richard Shissler of Bayonet Pointhas returned from the Johns Hopkins Medical Center, where he completed an intensive review of geriatric medicine, co-sponsored by the Gerontology Research Center and the National Institute on Aging.

Charter Hospital of Pasco has named Judi Levine as administrator for its adolescent and children's programs. Charter is a 72-bed psychiatric and addictive disease facility located in Lutz. Ms. Levine is a graduate of Brooklyn College and received her master of science degree in education from Long Island University.

John B. Wachter Jr., O.D., of Holiday has published a scientific paper in the current issue of the Southern Journal of Optometry. The journal, which specializes in clinical articles on primary eye and vision care, is distributed nationally and internationally.

The medical staff of Charter Hospital of Pasco in Lutz has elected Dr. Pius Jacob president of the medical staff. Originally from India, Jacob earned his doctor of medicine from Madras Medical College, Madras, India. He served his psychiatric residency at St. Vincent's Medical Center of Richmond in Staten Island, N.Y., where he was chief resident.


The West Pasco Breakfast Chapter of Leads Club, an international networking club, will meet at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday in the conference room at Shoney's in New Port Richey. The club has a limited number of membership openings available. For information, call Victoria Miller of Fortune Bank (813) 848-6666.

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the University of South Florida will present a seminar "Starting a Small Business: the Necessary Steps" on Monday at the SBDC Seminar Facility, 14612 Livingston Ave., Lutz. Registration will be held at 5:30 p.m. and the program will be from 6 to 8:40 p.m. For reservations, call in Tampa, (813) 974-4274; St. Petersburg, (813) 893-9529; Sarasota, (813) 359-4292; or Fort Myers, (813) 489-4140.

Send items of interest concerning appointments, promotions, new businesses, new construction and business-related awards and events to Barbara Horr, Pasco Times, 11321 U.S. 19, Port Richey 34668. Items must reach the Port Richey office at least one week before Monday publication.