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Hernando Business Digest for Aug. 9

ZAXBY’S: The Brooksville Zaxby’s that was scheduled to open in May, after construction delays, is scheduled to open on Sept. 23. Work has restarted on the restaurant at 837 S Broad St. Another Zaxby’s, on State Road 50 near Ridge Manor West, opened in April. For updates, visit Zaxby’s
Published Aug. 2


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 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

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 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 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 or (352) 848-1408. Follow @pdaytimes.


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    The annual effort supports working artists and benefits charity.
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  4. Hernando County Government Center    Times (2018)
    The Hernando County Commission will have final say. Neighbors say they don’t want the traffic and interruption in their community.
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  6. CAPTION: (09/14/2006, Largo, FL) Photo #3.
Students participating in the Plein Air Painting class at Heritage Village in Largo were asked to bring their own supplies including paint brushes.

(Times Photo by Thomas Whisenand)

A Plein Air painting class conducted by local painter Robin Popp at Heritage Village in Largo. Times (2006)
  7. The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for For Each 1 Reach 1. Cutting the ribbon is Lynette Mackey. This was taken in 2013 at her original location. SUBMITTED PHOTO  |  Tampa Bay Times
    Lynette Mackey says her students need her program and the faith she has in them.
  8. The intersection at Seminole Boulevard and East and West Bay Drive forbids drivers from turning right, even on a green light. FDOT
    The intersection at Seminole Boulevard and the East/West Bay Drive is the only one in the district where drivers are restricted on green-light turns.
  9. Trixie, Abby, Greta and Butterbeans are available for adoption at Tampa Bay area shelters. Times
    Tampa Bay area shelter pets are looking for permanent homes.
  10. Hernando County Government Center    Times (2018)
    Two months into the fiscal year — with the fruits of a 14 percent tax rate hike —Hernando County is making financial progress.