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Pasco-Hernando Community College has announced the completion of the Conference and Instructional Center on the West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey.

The complex, approximately 36,000 square feet, includes a three-story classroom building and a single-story conference facility.

The main building has 12 classrooms, an instructional technology lab with training and multimedia production capability, a computer lab, faculty offices and headquarters for PHCC's university partners.

The college offers opportunities for its graduates to continue their higher education on-site through partnerships with the University of South Florida, Hodges University and Saint Leo University. The conference facility will accommodate more than 200 guests and will incorporate state-of-the-art audio-visual technology.

The building project was designed by ShenkelSchultz Architecture and constructed by Skanska USA Building, Inc.

Two administrators promoted at Hospice

Hernando-Pasco Hospice has promoted W. Richard Young, CPA, MBA, to senior vice president of financial services and Nancy L. Brown, RN, MA, to senior vice president of clinical services. Both are based out of the agency's Hudson administrative office.

Young joined hospice in 2007 as chief financial officer and will continue to be responsible for overseeing the agency's $65-million budget, cash flow and investments. In his new role, Young will also be responsible for HPH Homecare, a not-for-profit affiliate.

Brown will oversee hospice's patient and family care programs and manage the bereavement, staff education, quality improvement, volunteer and spiritual departments. He was previously the director of clinical support.

Dr. Socas joins Pasco Regional medical staff

Pasco Regional Medical Center in Dade City is pleased to welcome Dr. Veronica Socas, obstetrics and gynecology, to its medical staff. Dr. Socas received her medical degree from The Autonomous University of Ciudad Juarez School of Medicine, where she received the fifth highest grade point average in the XLI Medical Surgeon Generation by the university. She completed her obstetrics and gynecology residency at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in Ohio, followed by gynecologic endoscopy training in New York.

Dr. Socas' practice is the Verssa Women's Center at 36739 State Road 52, Suite 101 in Dade City.

Good Connections Thrift Shoppe turns 2

Judith Tilton, executive director of Connections, the job development and placement program in Pasco, has advised that the Good Connections Thrift Shoppe celebrated its second anniversary on Sept. 5. The store is at the Davis Center at 6636 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. All proceeds directly benefit job seekers in the Connections program, which helps unemployed individuals to build job seeking and retentions skills. Annie Jolly is the manager of the thrift store and can be reached at (727) 841-7108.

Dr. Roach opens Hudson office

Dr. John Barry Roach Jr. is a plastic reconstructive and general surgeon and has recently opened an office at 14100 Fivay Road, Suite 130 in Hudson and is now accepting patients. Dr. Roach specializes in breast reconstruction after breast cancer, general surgery, hand injuries, skin cancer, burn treatment, wound management and cosmetic procedures. Dr. Roach has staff privileges at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point.

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