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Moffitt oncologist wins research award

By CHRISTINA K. COSDON, Times Staff Writer
Published September 25, 2005

CLEARWATER - Dr. Peter W. Blumencranz, a surgical oncologist and medical director of Moffitt Morton Plant Cancer Care, has been honored with the 2005 Distinguished Innovative Surgeons Award for his research in breast cancer and advancements in lymphatic mapping and sentinel lymph node biopsy.

He received the award from the Association of PeriOperative Registered Nurses of the Gulf Coast of Florida. "This honor acknowledges his contributions and commitment to our community," said Janice Warren, president of the association and a clinical nurse at Morton Plant Hospital.

"Dr. Blumencranz is nationally renowned for his research and expertise in the field of cancer care and this award further exemplifies the respect and admiration of his colleagues," said Philip K. Beauchamp, president and chief executive officer of Morton Plant Hospital.

Lymphatic mapping and sentinel lymph node biopsy are new techniques used in the surgical treatment of patients with skin cancer and breast cancer. A patient's lymph nodes are mapped and tissue samples are taken from the nodes to determine if cancer has spread to that area of the body and what course of treatment may be required.

Dr. Blumencranz also was recently named to the Florida Cancer Council through an appointment by Senate President Tom Lee. The council serves as an advisory committee to Florida's governor and state Legislature. It is composed of health care professionals who help guide cancer care policies in Florida.

Candymaker wins awards in Fiery Food Challenge

Mark Matheny, candy creator and owner of Markat's Marvelous Confection Co. in Clearwater, won three awards in the 2005 Fiery Food Challenge, which included entries from around the world.

His Aztec Fudge won the Golden Chili award in the candy division and earned a third place for his Fiery Peanut Brittle. He took second place with his Aztec Pecans in the specialty snack division.

The foods are judged by food industry professionals, including chefs, culinary instructors, food writers and restaurant owners.

Markat's opened just over 18 months ago at 2547 Countryside Blvd., Clearwater, where candies are made daily in the shop's kitchen.

Firm hires vice president, promotes two others

Karen Johnson has joined ProVise Management Group as a financial planner and a vice president of the firm. Formerly with Wachovia Wealth Management, she has 12 years of experience in the financial services industry. She will be responsible for assisting with current clients and business development.

Richard Baker, who joined ProVise in 1992, has been promoted to vice president and Nancy Croy, who has been with the firm five years, to vice president of financial planning.

InterSecurities agent earns special membership

William Pearson, a registered representative with InterSecurities Inc., 611 Druid Road, Clearwater, has earned membership in the Leadership Council for PLANCO, a wholesaler of investment and insurance products for The Hartford insurance and financial services. Memberships are reserved for representatives who produce more than $1-million in Hartford Leaders sales in a calendar year.

Jiffy Reprographics receives print award

Jiffy Reprographics, 411 Garden Ave. S, Clearwater, has received an Award of Excellence and Best of Category at the 2005 Printing Association of Florida's Florida Print Awards, the state's largest print competition.

Company president Bob Roperti said the awards are a tribute to the staff's commitment to excellence in printing and large format digital color.

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