Business Digest

Published December 18, 2006


The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce offices will be closed Dec. 25, 26, and Jan. 1, 2007. Effective Jan. 1, the cost for the monthly chamber breakfast will be increased to $12 for members and $15 for nonmembers.


Suzanne E. Jacobs, manager of research clinical trials, and Michelle Ellenwood, clinical research coordinator, both of the Florida Cancer Institute, 10441 Quality Drive, Spring Hill, have been recertified through the Academy of Clinical Research Professionals as "certified clinical research coordinators."

Jacobs is a registered nurse, holds a bachelor's degree and certification as an oncology certified nurse.

Ellenwood is a registered nurse and holds certification as an oncology certified nurse.

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Local business leader Elizabeth "Betsy" Tewksbury Vipond, certified life underwriter and certified financial planner, has earned the title of "certified identity theft risk management specialist."

Vipond adds this designation to her resume as a specialist in risk management and related disciplines. From her practice in Homosassa, she covers Hernando and Citrus counties. She can be reached toll-free at 1-800-603-0901 .

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Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, has announced its "stars" - associates of the month - for November. Each month, an associate representing each of the hospital's three areas of service - nursing, ancillary and support - is chosen in a process that involves nominations and voting by the staff.

This month's stars are: Karen Yankie, Tammy Wyzykowski and Tirita Fuller.

Yankie, a health information management coder, has been working at Oak Hill's health information management department since October 1985 as a coder. She currently codes the observation, same-day surgeries and referral labs. She and her husband, Chuck, who also works at Oak Hill, live in Spring Hill. The couple has three daughters and three granddaughters.

Wyzykowski, a registered technician and CT technologist, has been working in the CT department since December 2001 performing CAT scans and MRIs. She and her husband, Mark, live in Spring Hill with their three children.

Fuller, an anesthesia technician in the operating room, has been working at Oak Hill since August 1986 in a range of positions, from environmental services to the emergency room to outpatient surgery. As an anesthesia tech, she assists anesthesia doctors and certified nurse anesthetists. She and her daughter live in Brooksville.


The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have a ribbon cutting at New World of Hearing, 7373 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, at 11:30 a.m. today. For information, contact Deborah Craig at 688-0648.

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A free stress seminar will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Pinebrook Medical Center, 14540 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill.

Those who attend can speak to experts and learn what their stress levels are and how to correct them. Free consultations, drinks, chair massages, gifts and information will be available.

The event is sponsored by Nurse On Call Home Healthcare Agency. For information, call Ali at 263-1648.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will offer its Entrepreneurial Academy beginning Jan. 9. The course will be from 6 to 9 p.m. on 10 consecutive Tuesdays at Career Central, 7361 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill.

The academy offers people information needed to start, run and grow a successful business.

The sessions, which are taught by business professionals, offer networking opportunities through the students and faculty.

Topics include character of an entrepreneur, business planning, legal structure, taxes, credit and business loans, customer service, recruiting, hiring and managing the right people, managing the stress of owning a business and networking and marketing.

The cost for the academy is $100. For information, contact Carla Hayes at 796-0697, ext. 15 or Patty Himmelberger at 796-0697, ext. 18.

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