Hernando Business Digest for Aug. 9

News and notes on local businesses
Published August 5


LAB GETS COLA ACCREDITATION: Access Laboratories has met all criteria for accreditation by the Commission on Office Laboratory Accreditation, a national healthcare organization. Accreditation is given to laboratories that apply rigid standards of quality in day-to-day operations, demonstrate continued accuracy in the performance of proficiency testing and pass a rigorous on-site laboratory survey. The accreditation is for two years. Access Laboratories, at 11373 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, Suite 300, is under the medical direction of Ghiath Mahmaljy, MD.

HOSPITAL APPOINTMENTS: Oak Hill Hospital has made the following appointments:

Juan C. Medel has been named controller. He comes to Oak Hill Hospital from North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville, where he last served as assistant controller. Medel holds a master’s degree in business administration cum laude from Orlando College.

Elizabeth R. Adams, doctor of nursing practice and advanced nurse executive-board certified, has been named chief nursing officer. Adams comes to Oak Hill Hospital with more than 30 years in healthcare. She is the president and CEO of Match Healthcare Design and Innovation in Tacoma, Wash., a senior executive healthcare quality and patient safety licensed consulting firm.

Who’s news

DENTIST RECOGNIZED: The Florida Dental Association announced that Dr. Eva Ackley was awarded the Leadership Award at the 2019 Florida Dental Convention in Orlando. Ackley previously was appointed to the Florida Board of Dentistry, where she served two terms and was chair for two years. In Hernando County, Ackley was involved in developing the Hernando County Dental Society and the University of Florida College of Dentistry chapter of the American Student Dental Association. Ackley has been practicing dentistry for 37 years. She runs her Spring Hill practice, Ackley Dental Group, with her husband, Dr. Rodney Ackley, where they work alongside their daughter and daughter-in-law, also dentists.


MOBILE DENTAL PROGRAM: Premier Community HealthCare will debut a new mobile dental program in Pasco and Hernando counties from noon to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 22 during a free lunch-and-learn event at the Hernando County School Board, 919 N Broad St., Brooksville. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will immediately follow. The 40-foot mobile unit is Premiere’s newest initiative to reach underserved patients in the community. It is equipped with two dental chairs, a waiting area and new equipment that enables comfort and quality service. Services include dental screenings, exams and preventive and restorative care. The unit will operate in Pasco and Hernando counties at a variety of locations, including schools, community-based organizations, churches and assisted-living facilities. The mobile dental team will include a patient services representative/driver, dental assistant, office manager, hygienist and dentist. The unit will operate five days a week and occasionally on weekends. Premier Community HealthCare Group is a nonprofit organization. Visit premierhc.org for information.

WINE FUNDRAISING EVENT: Oak Hill Hospital will host a “Wine Down Your Summer” event from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 16 at Masaryk Winery, 19121 Phillips Road, Masaryktown. There will be cheese and crackers, fruit by the Food and Nutritional Services team at Oak Hill Hospital, as well as refreshments available for sale through Brooksville’s Pit Daddy’s BBQ Food Truck. The event is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association. Masaryk Winery will donate 20 percent of sales from the event to the AMA. For information, contact Heather Bemis at (352) 597-6020 or heather.bemis@hcahealthcare.com.

Building skills

SMALL-BUSINESS SEMINARS: Pasco Hernando SCORE is presenting a series of free small-business seminars:

• Basic QuickBooks, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 12, Regency Park Branch Library, 9701 Little Road, New Port Richey.

• Creating a Successful Business Plan, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 13, New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St., New Port Richey.

• Tax Implications for Small Businesses, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 20, SMARTstart West Pasco Entrepreneur Center, 4532 U.S. 19, New Port Richey.

• How to Apply for a 501c3, 5 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 21, Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson.

To register or for more information, visit pascohernando.score.org and click on the local workshops tab, or call the SCORE office at (727) 842-4638. Networking opportunities • Nature Coast Business Professionals: 7:30 a.m. Fridays, IHOP restaurant, 3660 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. Guests are welcome. Those attending may order from the menu. Call Dana Cutlip, (352) 293-4317. • Brooksville B2B (Business to Business) Networking, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays, Country Kitchen, 20133 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. Free for Chamber members, $5 for non-members. To register, visit hernandochamber.com or call (352) 796-0697. • BNI Winning Edge: 7:15 a.m. Tuesdays, Northcliffe Baptist Church, 10515 Northcliffe Blvd., Spring Hill. The cost is $10 and includes breakfast. Call Dan Brown, (262) 676-2776. • Keep It Local — Spring Hill/Brooksville Chapter: 7:45 a.m. Wednesdays, Great Life Church, 14494 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. Call Melanie Grossi, (352) 263-7749. • Keep It Local — Hernando Business Professionals Chapter: 11:15 a.m., second, third and fourth Wednesday of each month, Beef  ‘O’  Brady’s, 14387 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Call Lauren Jolly, (352) 610-3435. • BNI Leaders by Design: 7:15 to 9:30 a.m. Thursdays, Temple Beth David, 13158 Antelope St., Spring Hill. No cost for first-time visitors. Call Chris Dyer, (352) 849-5353.

Contact Phyllis Day at pday@tampabay.com or (352) 848-1408. Follow @pdaytimes.