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The Centers 'adjusts leadership' in child welfare division

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OCALA, FL (October 30, 2017) – As part of its continued efforts on accountability and to quality of services for its clients, Interim CEO, Ralph Fera-McIlwain and Interim COO, Donald Baracsk

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CMH recognized as Regional Hospital of Year

Citrus Memorial HospitalCitrus Memorial Hospital was recently recognized by Mended Hearts as a Regional Hospital of the Year.

The Southern Region encompasses seven states and Puerto Rico, and serves 46 chapters of the heart disease support group.

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Ressler to resign from charitable foundation

Debbie Ressler will be resigning from the Citrus County Community Charitable Foundation (CCCCF).

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Health Dept. slates Florida Healthy Babies community meetings

Special to Citrus Daily

The Florida Department of Health in Citrus County is pleased to announce it will be hosting a series of community meetings to discuss local maternal and infant health data and develop a plan to address infant mortality as part of the Florida Healthy Babies Initiative.

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Seven Rivers' CEO Brancato to retire

Joyce Brancato, chief executive officer of Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center.Joyce Brancato, chief executive officer of Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center, has announced that she will retire on Aug. 5 after 30 years at the hospital.

Brancato first joined the hospital on that date in 1985 as a night shift charge nurse in the intensive care unit. Over the succeeding years, she served in a number of roles across the organization including quality coordinator and risk manager.

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Citrus Memorial Hospital leased to HCA

Citrus Memorial HospitalINVERNESS -- The Citrus County Hospital Board of Trustees (CCHB) today announced the transfer of operations from Citrus Memorial Hospital to the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA).

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CCHB signs HCA hospital transaction


INVERNESS -- In the presence of the public and Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) President of West Florida Division Peter Marmerstein, the Citrus County Hospital Board of Trustees (CCHB) today signed the master agreement and lease agreement to transfer operations of the Citrus Memorial Hospital to the HCA.
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Health Dept. Dental Clinic relocating to Inverness


The Citrus County Health Department announced today the Dental Clinic is relocating from Lecanto to the Inverness Clinic, 120 N. Montgomery Ave. in Inverness, in an effort to provide more accessible service for citizens, the agency said.

Dental Patients will be seen at this site starting on Sept. 16.

To make an appointment or for questions, please or 352-527-0068, press Option 1, enter Ext. 249. The Health Department staff has said it appreciates county residents' patience as they strive to serve Citrus County more efficiently.

 

Top Video: CMH lease overview, Part 1


Debbie Ressler, Citrus County Hospital Board Chairwoman, and CCHB Attorney Bill Grant explain the details of a lease of Citrus Memorial Hospital to Hospital Corporation of America.

The CCHB, Citrus Memorial Health Foundation, HCA and the county commission are also asking the state Attorney General for legal rulings regarding the sale of hospital real  (personal) property to HCA - such as medicine, bandages and furniture.

HCA deal approved by hospital board


INVERNESS -- The Citrus County Hospital Board of Trustees (CCHB) today announced that the long-time hospital transaction is closer to coming to closure, to the benefit of the community and taxpayers.  

The CCHB on Friday voted to execute the master agreement and lease agreement to transfer operations of the Citrus Memorial Hospital to the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA).  
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New doctor joins SRRMC staff


CRYSTAL RIVER -- On June 15, Michele-Trang Thi Ho, MD, was appointed to the medical staff at Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center.

Dr. Ho specializes in internal medicine.

Dr. Ho is a graduate of Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, D.C. She completed her internal medicine residency at Moses Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro, NC. Dr. Ho is board eligible in internal medicine.

For more information about the hospital and its medical staff, visit SevenRiversRegional.com.

Prescription drug savings available for residents


The NACo Prescription (Free) Discount Card is provided to residents in a joint effort between Citrus County and the National Association of Counties (NACo). County residents without prescription coverage can use this program.

Even if an individual has prescription insurance coverage, they may still benefit from the discount card since it may save money on prescriptions that your existing plan does not cover.

Just remember to present the card when you pick up your prescription to get the best possible price available.

CCHB votes to OK transaction modifications for CMH lease to HCA


The Citrus County Hospital Board of Trustees on Wednesday night unanimously voted to approve the modified terms of the transaction to lease Citrus Memorial Hospital to Hospital Corporation of America.

The action, which approved a modified purchase price of $127.5 million, clears the way for intensive negotiations on the master settlement and the lease agreements. 

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CMH receives medical accreditation


Citrus Memorial Health System has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals.

The accreditation award recognizes Citrus Memorial’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.

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Hospital Board optimistic about HCA lease


The Citrus County Hospital Board (CCHB), which met on Wednesday, is remaining upbeat about a possible lease of the community-owned Citrus Memorial Hospital (CMH) by the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA).

In a statement released on Thursday, the CCHB issued a brief update on where the hospital board feels it is in the process of finalizing the transaction to lease Citrus Memorial Hospital.

Seven Rivers Regional names Employee of Year


Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center has named Susan Brooks, LPN, as 2013 Employee of the Year.

This award is the highest honor bestowed on a hospital employee each year. Susan was chosen from among 460 employees for the honor.

Black Diamond golf tourney nets $51K


The Pro-Am golf tournament, held each year in Lecanto, has raised $51,000 in 2014 to help residents throughout Citrus County.

This year marked the 11th year the event has been observed.

The event helps fund community grants, education initiatives, youth activities, family and veterans' assistance, disaster relief, fire and rescue services.

It also helps target efforts to fight hunger and homelessness that improve lives and create opportunities in Citrus County.

One of the sponsors of the event is Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center.

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Aleman to serve as interim CMH chief exec


Citrus Memorial Health System has announced that Ralph Aleman has joined the company as interim President and Chief Executive Officer.

Aleman, a highly experienced healthcare executive, spent the past two years as a healthcare consultant with a focus on physician relations and operational improvement.

He has more than 40 years of experience in the healthcare industry, serving as CEO most recently for 378-bed Hialeah Hospital.

Ressler, Joseph reappointed to hospital board


INVERNESS – The Citrus County Hospital Board of Trustees (CCHB) today announced that Governor Rick Scott has reappointed Chairwoman Debbie Ressler, BSN, and Trustee Krista Joseph to the Board for an additional four-year term.

“I thank the Governor for reappointing me to the Board and entrusting me to continue to lead this group of dedicated and experienced individuals,” said Ressler, chairwoman of the CCHB.

Public Health celebrates 125th anniversary


The county commission on Tuesday presented a proclamation acknowledging the 125th Anniversary of Florida Public Health, and 64 years of health service in Citrus County.

The yellow fever epidemic that occurred in Florida during 1887-88 brought to light the need for control of this and other diseases in Florida to prevent future epidemics.

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