By JEAN HAYES, Times Correspondent
Published August 20, 2007

Scott Wern Marketing Solutions LLC has opened at 2125 Little Peach Court, Spring Hill.

Owner Scott Wern provides marketing solutions for health care organizations in Hernando, Pasco and Citrus counties.

Wern began his health care career in 1996 as a certified respiratory therapist. He competed his registry in 1998. For the past 11 years, he has worked in area hospitals as a therapist and supervisor. In 2003, Wern started marketing and providing education for health care organizations and physicians.

Wern can be reached at 238-4230.

New home for Realtors Association

The Hernando County Association of Realtors breaks ground for the association's office building on Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville. The estimated completion date is in March. Harry Willett, president, Barbara Hahn, president-elect, and the board of directors participated in the ceremony.

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Contours Express locations in Hernando have added the Ionic Detox Foot Spa.

Owners Janet Carr and Tracey Pager, as well as Anna Abramo, health adviser, have completed training for the new treatment.

The spa treatment assists the body's natural detoxification process.

Contours is at 857 S Broad St., Brooksville; 3087 Anderson Snow Road, Spring Hill; and 31087 Cortez Blvd., Ridge Manor. For information, call 835-9605.

Who's news

Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, has announced its "stars" - associates of the month - for August. 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 Lu Aube, Dennis Walker and Heather Yount.

Aube is a registered nurse and charge nurse on the fourth floor. She joined the surgical fourth floor in April 2002. Her responsibilities include assigning staff for patient care and being a resource for staff members. She and her husband, Sigefroid "Sige," live in Spring Hill. They have four children and six grandchildren.

Walker, a patient care technician and emergency medical technician, began working at Oak Hill in January 2001. He has worked in the emergency room and in both the intensive care unit and the cardiovascular recovery unit. Walker currently works in the hospital's progressive care unit, where he is responsible for direct patient care and assists physicians and registered nurses with patient care and procedures. He lives in Spring Hill and has a daughter.

Registered nurse Yount, charge nurse in endoscopy, joined Oak Hill in January 2001, working on the fourth floor. In her current job, she assists physicians and patients during endoscopy procedures. She and her husband, Jeremy, have three daughters.

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Registered nurse Adams Davies, emergency department nurse at Oak Hill Hospital, has achieved his board certification in emergency nursing, and now holds the designation of certified emergency nurse.

Certification is awarded by the Emergency Nurse Association upon successful completion of a comprehensive exam.


The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have the following ribbon cuttings this week:

- American Home Companions, at the chamber office, 4044 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, 11:30 a.m. today. For information, call Deborah L. Halsey toll-free at 1-888-439-1962.

- Florida Cancer Institute-Spring Hill Center, 10441 Quality Drive, Suite 203, Spring Hill, 5:30 p.m. Thursday. For information, call Dr. Vikas Malhorta at 688-7744.

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The Winning Edge, a chapter of Business Networking International, will meet from 7:15 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane, Spring Hill.

Bring business cards and network with other area business professionals. The cost is $8, which includes a continental breakfast.

For information, call Edmond Mintah at 684-5884.

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The Spring Hill Professionals Chapter of Ali Lassen's Leads Club will meet at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Silverthorn Country Club, 4450 Golf Club Lane, Brooksville.

Each week the club, under the leadership of Lisa Bentson, president, offers members the opportunity to give brief business presentations and exchange leads collected during the previous week. Membership fees are required and a separate payment is required each week for the luncheon.

The club offers non-compete business classifications to avoid conflicts of interest.

For information, call Lois Bleicher at 200-4809.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have its monthly breakfast meeting on Wednesday at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Course Lane, Spring Hill.

Breakfast, networking and business card exchange begin at 7:15 a.m.; the program begins at 7:45 a.m.

The cost is $12 for chamber members, and $15 for nonmembers. This month's sponsor is Habitat for Humanity. The speaker will be Lauren Emerson, who will speak about Junior Achievement.

For information, call Patty at 796-0697, ext. 15.

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Campbell & Virgilio LC will offer a free workshop for business owners from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at 7211 Hiawatha Parkway, off Commercial Way, Spring Hill.

Participants will learn about federal and state business laws, the difference between employees and subcontractors, and payroll filing requirements, including forms and deadlines.

Course materials and refreshments will be provided. To register, call Brittney or Lois at 683-7365.

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Leaders by Design, a chapter of Business Networking International, will meet from 7:15 to 9 a.m. Thursday at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Course Lane, Spring Hill.

Bring your business cards and network with other area business professionals. Cost is $8, which includes a continental breakfast.

For information, call Kelly Smith at 398-5551.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have its monthly after-hours "Business After Business" social and open house from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday. The event is sponsored by the Florida Cancer Institute, 10441 Quality Drive, Suite 203, Spring Hill.

Food and beverages will be available. The event is an excellent time to network.

For information, call Patty Himmelberger at 796-0697.

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Service Corps of Retired Executives, Pasco-Hernando Chapter 439, will offer a seminar from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday for people considering buying a franchise. The seminar is at the SCORE office in the Bank of America building, Suite 302, 6014 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. Park in the rear of the building and enter through the rear door.

The seminar will cover how to identify, evaluate and understand choices and how to analyze what kind of franchise best suits one's needs and goals.

Participants will learn some of the rules, laws and regulations that help increase the odds of success. Howard Bassuk, SCORE counselor and franchise industry veteran, will cover the types, styles and differences between franchise choices, understanding franchise acquisition strategies, and how to buy and finance the business.

The course fee is $20, payable at the door. For information, call the SCORE office at 727 842-4638 or Stu May at 688-6903.

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The Hernando Builders Association will host its annual Truck Night Explosion at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Palace Grand, 275 Della Court, Spring Hill.

This year's event will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hernando County.

Tickets are $100 and include dinner for two and a chance to win a truck, car, motorcycle, personal watercrafts, an ATV or $20,000. There will also be a raffle for other gifts. Advance raffle tickets can be purchased.

Reservations are limited. To buy event or raffle tickets, or for information, call the association at 596-1114 or visit www.hernando builders.com.

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The Hernando Builders Association will have its first Home Ownership Academy at the HBA headquarters, 7391 Sunshine Grove Road, Brooksville.

The academy is a series of five sessions from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. starting Aug. 29 and continuing each Wednesday until Sept. 26. The academy is geared for the first-time homeowner, existing homeowners and buyers. Participants will speak directly with HBA builders, remodelers, "green" agents, mortgage brokers and others.

The cost of the academy, including materials, refreshments and graduation photos, is $20 per person. Registration deadline is Wednesday. For information or to register, call Emilia Raia, executive officer, at 596-1114.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce, through its business assistance committee, will offer a public-speaking course from 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays, beginning Sept. 10 and continuing until Oct. 15, in the Capital City Bank conference room, 14203 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.

The five weekly sessions will be conducted by Vince Vanni, who provides public-speaking training to business professionals and public officials.

Topics to be covered include dealing with fear, projecting confidence, and preparing and delivering the speech. The course will also cover how to properly use visual aids, especially PowerPoint.

A certificate of completion will be presented to those who complete 80 percent of the course (four of the five classes). The course fee is $60 for chamber members, $75 for nonmembers. One spot remains. For information or to register, call 796-0697, ext. 18.

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The Office of Business Development will have its 12th annual Hernando County Job Fair "Opportunity 2007" from 2 to 8 p.m. Sept. 20 at Heffernan Hall, St. Anthony Catholic Church, 20428 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville.

The event features employers from Hernando County. Exhibit space is available for $99 per table. In addition, various sponsorships are available to help support the event and promote local employment of residents.

For information on sponsorship, registration or attendance, call Denise at 544-5206.

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