Pasco business update

Published June 30, 2012


The Medical Center of Trinity, at 9330 State Road 54, Trinity, and Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, 14000 Fivay Road, Hudson, have earned an A safety rating in a new national hospital safety report by the Leapfrog Group. The scores were derived from Leapfrog's key questions and publicly reported data.

Leapfrog Group's goal is to give patients the information they need before entering a hospital. The Hospital Safety Score website, at, allows visitors to search hospital scores for free. It also provides information on how the public can protect itself during a hospital stay.

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National home builder William Ryan Homes has opened a sales office and will provide selections from its line of single-family and executive homes in Deerfield Lakes, at 12221 Oak Ramble Drive, near S.R. 52 and the Suncoast Parkway.

With its Sweetwater model home set for an early July opening, William Ryan Homes will offer five floor plans, including its new Saratoga design.

The sales center is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and Saturdays; and from noon to 6 p.m. Fridays and Sundays.

For information, visit William

Who's news

Charles Puccini, president and chief executive of Bauer Foundation Corp., at 13203 Byrd Legg Drive, Odessa, recently received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2012 award in the Real Estate and Construction category in Florida.

The award recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their business and communities.

Puccini was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a special gala held June 14 at the Hilton Orlando.

As a Florida award recipient, Puccini is now eligible for consideration for the National Entrepreneur of the Year award, which is announced in November.

Puccini can be reached toll-free at 1-800-270-0313.

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Dr. John Ferlita, a board certified obstetrician and gynecologist, was one of a few physicians in Florida to be trained to use Renessa for the treatment of Stress Urinary Incontinence in female patients.

Renessa is a nonsurgical single treatment performed in a doctor's office and requires only a local anesthetic during a one-hour visit.

Ferlita is a native Floridian who has provided obstetrics and gynecology care for women in east Pasco for the past 27 years. His practice, which specializes in urogynecology, gynecology and reproductive medicine, is at 6719 Gall Blvd., Suite 208, Zephyrhills. He can be reached at (813) 782-7318.

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Rebecca C. Bell, local board certified elder law attorney, was presented with the Member of the Year award by the Elder Law Section of the Florida Bar at the section's recent meeting in Clearwater.

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Bell was recognized for her work in advancing the programs of the Elder Law Section and, in particular, for her advocacy of the Elder Law Section's interest in Florida's Medicaid reform.

Bell is a partner in the Port Richey law firm of Delzer, Coulter and Bell, P.A.

For information, call (727) 848-3404.


A free car show featuring classic Chevrolets will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. today at Jim Browne Patriot Chevrolet, 10741 U.S. 301, Dade City. Registration begins at 11 a.m.

The event will include an apple pie baking contest, baseball, face painting, music, prizes and trophies. Concession stand items, including hot dogs, sausages, snow cones, popcorn and cotton candy, will be available. All concession proceeds will benefit the Lacoochee Boys & Girls Club.

The baking contest is open to all area amateur chefs. Serving as pie judges are Zephyrhills and Port Richey City Attorney Joseph Poblick; Zephyrhills Mayor Steve Van Gorden; and Pasco County Property Appraiser Mike Wells.

There will be a live electric car demonstration. The first 100 in attendance will receive a free American flag. The show is open to golden oldies and modern beauties alike.

For information, call Jim Martin, service manager, at (352) 567-1222 or jmartin@patriot

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The Central Pasco, Dade City, Wesley Chapel, West Pasco and Zephyrhills chamber of commerce will be closed Wednesday in observance of Independence Day.

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Southeastern College's New Port Richey Branch Campus at 6014 U.S. 19, New Port Richey, will hold a Medical Billing & Coding Open House from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 10.

The event includes a meet and greet with the medical billing and coding program director, and hands-on demonstrations. Food and drinks will be provided.

To RSVP, call (727) 847-6855.

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Lennar and Universal American Mortgage Corp. will host a Home Buyer's Expo from noon to 2 p.m. July 14 at Thousand Oaks, 9885 Trumpet Vine Loop off Trinity Boulevard, south of State Road 54, Trinity.

The event is free and open to the public. Mortgage lending professionals from UAMC and new home counselors from Lennar will be on hand to offer free credit evaluations, answer questions about mortgage loans, interest rates and financing options. Home buyers at the expo can get pre-qualified to find out how much home they can afford.

Lunch will be provided. To RSVP, call (813) 917-9080 or visit

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