Pasco Business digest for Sept. 9

Published Sept. 7, 2016

Business digest


HOSPITAL AWARDED CERTIFICATE OF DISTINCTION: Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point was recently awarded a certificate of distinction in the management of sepsis by the Joint Commission. The recognition is based on a review of compliance with national standards, clinical guidelines and outcomes of care. The certification is good for up to 24 months.

Who's news

HOSPITAL'S EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH: Brian Rock, who works as a polysomn technician in the hospital's sleep lab, was recently honored as Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point's Employee of the Month. Rock received a pin, a blanket gift, a reception with refreshments for his colleagues, a front-row parking spot for one month, a $50 gift card and a key chain. Employees of the month are also placed in nomination for Employee of the Year.

CHAMBER NAMES FIVE TO BOARD LEADERSHIP TEAM: The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce recently seated five individuals to serve three-year terms on its board of directors: John Chesser, Marcia Cornelison, Gary Hatrick, Randy Stovall and Keith Williams. The five were chosen by majority vote through member elections.

HOSPITAL PROMOTION MADE: Leonardo Escobar, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point's respiratory therapy manager, was recently promoted to respiratory therapy director. Escobar, a registered respiratory therapist, came to the hospital from Hialeah, where he accumulated more than 17 years of supervisory experience at Palmetto General Hospital.

SAINT LEO NAMES NEW VP OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT: Robert T. Quinn recently joined Saint Leo University as vice president of business development. Quinn earned his bachelor's degree in English literature and a master's degree from Fordham University. A seasoned veteran in corporate management, Quinn served as a captain in the Army and was awarded two Bronze Stars, the Army Commendation Medal and the Vietnamese Cross. He has been deputy director of intelligence community programs at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. He is a founding director of the master's degree program in applied information technology and is an instructor of information systems and technology in the Volgenau School of Engineering. At Saint Leo, Quinn will cultivate and maintain business and government partnerships to provide education for employees, as well as connections and training for students.


LUNCH AND LEARN: SMARTstart Pasco Incubators will host a free Lunch and Learn event on the topic of payroll and taxes from 12:20 to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the SMARTstart Dade City business incubator, 15000 Citrus County Drive, Suite 103, Dade City. The event will be presented by Confidex Payroll Solutions. Those attending should bring lunch. Drinks and dessert will be provided. To register, visit

SECRETS OF BODY LANGUAGE: SMARTstart Pasco Incubators will host "The Secrets of Body Language" from 2 to 3 p.m. Sept. 21 at the SMARTstart Dade City business incubator, 15000 Citrus County Drive, Suite 103, Dade City. The event is free. The instructor will be Jackie Eden of Pasco-Hernando State College. To register, visit

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NETWORKING GROUP TO HAVE FALL MIXER: The East Pasco Networking Group will have a fall mixer at 6 p.m. Sept. 20 at IHOP, 13100 U.S. 301, Dade City. The speaker will be Amanda Markowitz of Sunrise of Pasco County Domestic & Sexual Violence Center in Dade City. The event is Dutch treat, and members are invited to bring their families. A 50/50 drawing will benefit the shelter. Door prizes are needed. To RSVP, call Nils Lenz at (813) 782-9491 or Vicky Jones at (813) 431-1149 by Tuesday.

MEMBERSHIP APPRECIATION BANQUET: The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce will have its 55th annual Membership Appreciation & Community Awards Banquet from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 22 at St. Joseph's Parish Center, 38750 5th Ave., Zephyrhills. The event will honor and recognize leadership in the community and business community. Honorees and members will be treated to an evening of music and dinner. The premier sponsor is Florida Hospital Zephyrhills. For information, call (813) 782-1913.

Building skills

SMALL BUSINESS SEMINAR: Pasco Hernando SCORE is presenting a series of free small business seminars.

• How to Develop a Nonprofit Board, from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.

• How to Really Start Your Own Business, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Hugh Embry Branch Library, 14215 Fourth St., Dade City.

To register and for information, visit and click on the Local Workshops tab or call the SCORE office at (727) 842-4638.

If you have business announcements you would like to share, mail the details to Jean Hamilton, Business Digest, Pasco Times, 11321 U.S. 19, Port Richey, FL 34668. You may also email items to or fax them to (352) 754-6133. Submitted items may be edited for length and clarity. Photos are published as space permits; they will not be returned.