Business Briefcase 285187

Hernando-Pasco Hospice promote Young, Brown

HUDSON Hernando-Pasco Hospice Inc. has promoted W. Richard Young to senior vice president of financial services and Nancy L. Brown to senior vice president of clinical services for the not-for-profit agency, which serves Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties. Both are based out of the administrative office in Hudson. Young joined HPH in 2007 as chief financial officer and will continue to oversee the agency’s $65 million annual budget, cash flow and investments. In his new role, Young will take charge of HPH Homecare. The latter is a not-for-profit affiliate of HPH which provides homecare services in Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties. Brown will oversee HPH’s patient and family care programs in its tri-county service area in addition to managing the bereavement, staff education, quality improvement, volunteer and spiritual care departments. Presently, HPH serves more than 1,000 patients daily who are affected by a life-limiting illness regardless of their ability to pay.

Dr. Higgins attends Clinical Assembly of Osteopathic Specialists

SPRING HILL Dr. Michael W. Higgins attended the 2008 Annual Clinical Assembly of Osteopathic Specialists last month in Boca Raton. The Clinical Assembly was three days of intensive training on current trends, techniques and new treatment options for joint replacements, sports injury and other orthopedic conditions. Higgins specializes in non-operative and operative management of the spine and general orthopedic conditions. His office is located at 10429 Spring Hill Drive. He can be reached at 352-688-6035. For more information, visit

Prostate Cancer Support Group will meet today

BROOKSVILLE The Florida Cancer Institute-New Hope will hold its regular “Man to Man” prostate cancer support group at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6. Cosponsored by the American Cancer Society, “Man to Man” meets on the first Monday of every month at the Florida Cancer Institute-New Hope’s Brooksville Center, located at 7154 Medical Center. Among the topics most frequently discussed are the importance of early detection, signs and symptoms of prostate cancer, prognosis, disease stages, incontinence, and impotence, the various treatment options including hormone therapy and medications and the latest research and treatment modalities. Speakers include physicians, nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, social workers and others. For more information call Mary Capo at 352-596-1926.

Anderson to speak at Tuesday support group meeting

SPRING HILL The Florida Cancer Institute – New Hope recently announced Dr. Norman H. Anderson will be the guest speaker at its upcoming women’s breast cancer support group meeting from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7. The support group will meet at its center, located at 7154 Medical Center Drive. Anderson is chief executive officer of the Robert Boissoneault Oncology Institute in Ocala. He graduated from the University of Florida’s College of Medicine in Gainesville, where he also completed his internship and residencies at the Division of Radiation Oncology. He also holds undergraduate degrees in chemistry and mechanical engineering from the University of Central Florida and a degree in clinical psychology from Emory University in Atlanta. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call Tambra Randazzo at 592-8128. Florida Cancer Institute – New Hope is affiliated with US Oncology, the nation’s largest health care services network dedicated exclusively to cancer treatment and research. It has six locations throughout Pasco and Hernando counties. For more information, call 1-888-206-0054 or visit

Chamber’s business social is Tuesday

BROOKSVILLE The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce Business After Business Social will begin at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7. The host and sponsor is Green World Path Inc., located at 1665 Donto Way. There will be an organic meal, dessert and wine tasting. There also will be live music and dancing. For more information, call 796-0697.

Florida Farm Bureau annual meeting will begin Wednesday

ORLANDO Hundreds of farmers and ranchers from across the state will convene Oct. 8-10 at the Peabody Hotel in Orlando for the Florida Farm Bureau Federation’s 67th annual meeting. Organized around the theme “Growing for Tomorrow,” the meeting will offer events centered on Florida Farm Bureau Women, Young Farmers and Ranchers and legislative action and education. Voting delegates will elect the president and vice president and adopt the policies that will guide the organization during the next 12 months. For more information on the annual meeting, contact Rachel Kudelko at 352-378-8100, Ext. 1030, or e-mail her at Information may also be found at The Florida Farm Bureau Federation is the state’s largest general-interest agricultural association with more than 140,000 member-families statewide. Headquartered in Gainesville, the federation is an independent, nonprofit agricultural organization.

Wireless Zone/Verizon Wireless will host ribbon cutting Wednesday

SPRING HILL The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce announced a ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place for new member Wireless Zone/Verizon Wireless at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8. The business is located at 4385 Commercial Way. For more information, call Jaime Sheridan at 727-514-9702.

Hanna’s ‘Into the Wild’ to film at Weeki Wachee Springs Thursday

WEEKI WACHEE Jack Hanna, famed wildlife expert and television personality, will be at Weeki Wachee Springs attraction Thursday, Oct. 9. He will film a portion of his made-for-kids reality show, “Into the Wild.” The unscripted series documents Hanna’s adventures throughout the world as he encounters fascinating animals and cultures. The highlight of the filming will be when the show’s star jumps into the spring to swim with the world famous mermaids. “Into the Wild” recently won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Children’s Series. For more information, call the park at 352-596-2062 or visit

Caregiver Support Group will meet Thursday

SPRING HILL Florida Cancer Institute-New Hope will hold its Caregiver Support Group at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9. The group meets the second Thursday of every month at the Florida Cancer Institute-New Hope’s Spring Hill Center, located at 10441 Quality Drive, Suite 203 in the Medical Arts Building next to Spring Hill Regional Hospital. For more information call Dorothy Hiller at 352-688-7744.

Networking at Noon is Friday

BROOKSVILLE The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly luncheon from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, at the Brooksville Country Club, located at Majestic Oaks at 23446 Links Drive. The cost for this month’s Network at Noon is $10 with a reservation, $15 without a reservation and $20 for nonmembers. Cancelations must be made 24 hours prior to the deadline (Wednesday, Oct. 8). For more information or to make a reservation, call Patty Himmelberger at 796-0697, Ext. 18.

HBA supports H.E.L.P., application deadline is Oct. 17

SPRING HILL The Hernando Builders Association would like to encourage the citizens of Hernando County to learn more about the Housing Enhancement Loan Program (H.E.L.P.). The Hernando County Housing Authority is now accepting applications for this program, which is designed to provide assistance to seniors and very low income residents who are experiencing conditions in their home that pose a threat to the health, safety, or welfare of the household occupants and may not meet current health, fire and building codes. The H.E.L.P. program will provide zero interest loans of up to $37,000 to help senior households with the cost of repairs. To qualify, applicants must meet certain age and income requirements and the residence must be a house and not a mobile home. Applications are being accepted until Friday, Oct. 17. For more information, call the Hernando County Housing Authority at 352-754-4160.

Sponsorships, booths still available for Oct. 18 Health Fair

BROOKSVILLE Sponsorships and booths are still available for the fourth Annual Hernando County Health Fair, which will be held Saturday, Oct. 18. The annual event has drawn as many as 2,000 visitors. Various sponsorship packages are available starting at $500. The Health Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Brooksville Elks Lodge 2582, located at 14494 Cortez Blvd. More than 65 local health care businesses share information, give demonstrations and provide free health screenings for the community. Interior booths are available for $135 and a limited number of outside booths also will be available for $110. Complimentary samples from local food establishments will be available as well as live music and entertainment. Flu shots will be offered for $30 each (Medicare and most insurances will be accepted). Current presenting sponsors include Oak Hill Hospital, Brooksville and Spring Hill Regional Hospitals, the Nature Coast Community Health Center, Elks Brooksville Lodge 2582 and Hernando County Health Department. Media sponsors include Hernando Today, WWJB AM Radio, and News Channel 8 On Your Side. Additional major sponsors include Florida Cancer Institute-New Hope, Gulf Coast Spine Institute, Hernando Gastroenterology Associates, Hernando Orthopedic and Spinal Surgery – Dr. Michael Higgins, Medicare Health Options, Spring Oaks/Forest Oaks The Grand, Stolte Eye Center, Summit Imaging, THE Bus and WellCare. For more information, call Denise Nohejl at 352-544-5206.

Food vendors announced for Health Fair

BROOKSVILLE Food vendors for the 4th Annual Community Health Fair have been announced. The following local food establishments will offer complimentary samples of their signature items to those who attend the fair – Boston Cooker, Brooksville Natural Foods, Chick-fil-A, Coldstone, Honey Baked Ham, Marco’s Pizza, Mediterranean Pita Grill, Panera Bread, Papa Joe’s, Publix and Starbucks. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Brooksville Elks Lodge 2582, located at 14494 Cortez Blvd. There will be live music and entertainment and flu shots will be available for $30. (Medicare and most insurance will be accepted). For more information contact Denise Nohejl at 352-544-5206.

Jazzercise to take part in Miami Dolphins halftime show Oct. 26

SPRING HILL Local Jazzercisers will help energize the crowd at the Miami Dolphins halftime show at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, when they present a dance routine to benefit Breast Cancer Research and Awareness. More than 150 Jazzercise instructors and students from all over Central and South Florida, including 15 from Hernando County, are currently practicing for the show before and after scheduled Jazzercise classes. Each participant also donated money to breast cancer as part of her participation in the show. Jazzercise, which is a fusion of jazz dance, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, and kickboxing movements, has positively affected millions of people worldwide. Benefits include increased cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility, as well as an overall “feel-good” factor. For more information on Jazzercise, call Mooneyham at 352-442-8595. Classes are offered in Spring Hill and Brooksville. For worldwide class information, go to or call 1-800-FIT-IS-IT.

AVON is fundraising for the Dawn Center throughout October

SPRING HILL AVON Representatives and owners of AVON Discount Store, located at 3513 Commercial Way in Spring Hill, are taking part in October Awareness Month, a month-long fundraiser for both breast cancer and domestic violence. AVON is the largest corporate supporter of the breast cancer cause. The AVON Breast Cancer Crusade has raised and donated nearly a half-billion dollars worldwide since 1992.AVON representatives help by selling pink-ribbon items and doing the AVON three-day walk (all proceeds go to the foundation). Plus, in 2004 AVON started the Speak Out Against Domestic Violence campaign, which has already raised more than $7 million for awareness and support. Local AVON representatives, Susan and John Dixon, sell these products all year long to bring awareness to both causes. They have partnered with the Dawn Center, a local women’s shelter for domestic violence and sexual abuse. For each domestic violence item AVON sells, it will donate $2 directly to this local shelter as well as selling Purple Wooden roses for $1. The store is also a drop-off point for donations of toiletries, gas cards and non-perishables to go to the shelter. For more information on what AVON has for products for these causes, call the Dixons at 352-684-9299 or stop in their store, which is open week days from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Business Briefcase, compiled by Tony Holt, is published each Monday. News releases must be received by the Wednesday before the desired publication date. Items of interest include employee promotions, company openings, closings, expansions and relocations

Business Briefcase 285187
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