Oak Hill Hospital was recently presented the American Heart Association's Start! Fit-Friendly Company gold award for the third consecutive year. The award recognizes companies that demonstrate progressive leadership by making the health and wellness of their employees a priority.
Registered nurse Carolyn McLain, who was recently named Nurse of the Year at Brooksville Regional Hospital, was one of six nurses awarded Nurse of the Year recognition by Health Management Associates, the hospital's parent company.
McLain was nominated by Kenneth Wicker, chief executive officer, to be recognized systemwide. She has more than 10 years of service at Brooksville Regional and currently works as a critical care nurse in the intensive care unit.
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Dr. Robert Ebert III, an internist with Good Shepherd Medical Clinic in Spring Hill, was recognized as a newly elected fellow of the American College of Physicians in an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., April 11.
Ebert was honored for his achievements in internal medicine and the specialty of adult medical care. He is affiliated with Brooksville Regional and Spring Hill Regional hospitals.
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Dr. John G. Hill announced that Healthy Feet Plus, a Birkenstock distributorship that he owns, has qualified to offer and distribute the complete line of Birkenstock shoes and sandals.
Hill holds a board of chiropractic license. Hill and Healthy Feet Plus are at 5358 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. For information about Healthy Feet Plus, call (352) 279-8221. To reach Hill, call (352) 686-8230.
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Juan Triana, chief compliance officer with Access Healthcare, recently attended a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act workshop, "Being Prepared for Compliance Enforcement," at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Triana attended two days of classes covering various HIPAA issues.
The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have two ribbon-cuttings during the coming week:
• Smart Interiors, 5141 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill, noon Tuesday. Call Julie Waters, (352) 688-4633.
• Big Daddy DJ, at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville, noon Thursday. Call Richard Sanvenero at (352) 263-7829.
The $50 Investment Club will meet at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at the Edward Jones office, 3296 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. New members are welcome. Call Ross or Wynn Keith at (352) 596-2649.
Leadership Hernando, a development program of the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce that gives participants the opportunity to observe, interact with and learn from public, private and civic leaders across the county, is accepting applications for its Class of 2013.
The program is open to people interested in community involvement and supporting the prosperity of Hernando County. Approximately 25 individuals will be selected to participate. The deadline to apply is Thursday.
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Orientation is set for June 5; graduation will be Nov. 8. The cost is $595 per participant and includes all seminar materials, field trips, refreshments, meals and the graduation ceremony. The tuition may be tax deductible as a business expense. Partial scholarships may be available for nonprofit organizations. For information or an application, call (352) 796-0697.
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The Florida Small Business Development Center Network is bringing four experts to Hernando County to help serve the growing needs of business owners with free consulting until June 16 at the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.
Consulting about Internet marketing, accounting and taxes, health care practices, business planning, minority certifications, international trade and QuickBooks will be available.
To schedule a confidential consultation, call the chamber at (352) 796-0697.
SMALL BUSINESS SEMINARS: SCORE Chapter 439 is presenting a series of free seminars:
• "How to Really Start Your Own Business," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Land O'Lakes Branch Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O'Lakes.
• "E-Marketing Concepts," 5:15 to 7:30 p.m. May 8, New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St., New Port Richey.
• "Introduction to QuickBooks," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 8, Hugh Embry Branch Library, 14215 Fourth St., Dade City.
• "Marketing to Grow Your Business," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 9, Regency Park Branch Library, 5701 Little Road, New Port Richey.
• "How to Really Start Your Own Business," 5:45 to 7:30 p.m. May 14, Centennial Park Branch Library, 5730 Moog Road, Holiday.
• "Using the Internet in Your Business," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 14, Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson.
• "How to Apply for a Business Loan," 5:45 to 7:30 p.m. May 14, Land O'Lakes Branch Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O'Lakes.
• "Building the Plan for a Successful Business," 5 to 7 p.m. May 21, Spring Hill Branch Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.
• "Introduction to QuickBooks," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 22, Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson.
• "How to Really Start Your Own Business," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 30, New River Branch Library, 34043 State Road 54, Wesley Chapel.
To register, visit score439.org and click on the Local Workshops tab, or call the SCORE office at (727) 842-4638.
LEADER DEVELOPMENT: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will present the fourth annual Chick-fil-A Leadercast 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 Condoleezza Rice.
The event is open to the public. Tickets, which must be purchased in advance, cost $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 (352) 796-0697. To purchase tickets online, go to hernandochamber.com.
LENDING HELP: In celebration of National Small Business Week, the Small Business Development Center at the University of South Florida in conjunction with the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce and the Small Business Administration will host a free business financing panel presentation, "Meet the Lenders," from 9 to 11:30 a.m. May 21 at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.
The presentation will provide small-business owners with information to assist them in growing their business. A panel of experts, from traditional to alternative lending organizations, will present financing options currently available to start-up and existing businesses.
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.
The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce Eastside Business Networking Group will meet at 8:15 a.m. Wednesday at Sherman Hills Golf & Country Club, 31200 Eagle Falls Drive, Ridge Manor West. Speakers will include Jan Johnson, LaWanna Muetzel, Kristie Drinosky and Diane Perkins of Career Central's Work Experience program. Call Kevin Tennie at (352) 540-4521.
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. Call Phil Undestad at (352) 796-1451.
The Referral Institute and the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce are partnering to offer the Certified Networker Program from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday and continuing through July 24 at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville. The program, presented by Tiffanie Kellog, is a training system for building a solid referral-based marketing strategy. The cost is $1,197, which can be paid in three payments of $399. Participants may attend a single module for $99. To register, call Kellog toll-free at 1-888-282-8649.
The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have its May Business After Business Social at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at 5330 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. This month's sponsor is Family Friends Home Care and IT Cinema. Call Kim Hayward-Knapp or Rhonda Crandall at (352) 835-7195. RSVP online at hernandochamber.com/events.
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.
Business Networking International will have a Visitor's Day event from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Thursday at the Wellington at Seven Hills, 400 Wexford Blvd., Spring Hill. Business professionals are invited to attend. The event includes breakfast. To RSVP, call Ralph Vitola at (352) 796-2676.
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