News & Business Briefs

Local doctors take to the road for men’s health

As part of National Men’s Health Week, which runs from June 9-15, Drs. Jamin Brahmbhatt and Sijo Parekattil, co-directors of The PUR — Personalized Urology & Robotics — Clinic, will embark on a driving marathon from Clermont to New York City.
The purpose of the Drive for Men’s Health is to heighten awareness about men’s health issues and to raise funds to help support two specific initiatives: a research initiative for a novel genetic study on men with chronic groin or testicular, post-vasectomy or post-inguinal hernia pain; and to support a scholarship fund to cover tuition costs for students aspiring to attend the new Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland.
The physicians will only stop to recharge their electric vehicle for 30-45 minutes every 150 to 200 miles. During these stops, they will participate in educational lectures and activities about men’s health.
To make a donation, visit http://www.indiegogo.com/project/preview/ae93524b on the Web. For more information, call 747-777-6146, email info@citrusmedical.org or visit http://www.drive4menshealth.com on the Web.


Expo teaches about health care services and products

The American College of Physicians and Consumer Reports Health co-sponsored the Your Health: Fact, Not Fiction expo at the Hyatt Regency Ballroom.
The event, which featured free giveaways and BMI health screenings, provided an opportunity for attendees to learn how to be informed consumers of health care services and products. Topics included “The Best — and Worst — Screening Tests,” “Searching Online for High-Quality Health Care Information,” “Getting the Best Value for Your Health Care Dollar,” “How to Live (and Want) to Be 100,” “High Value Care From the Patient’s Perspective,” and “Five Medication Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make.”
For more information, visit http://www.acponline.org on the Web.


Proposed honeybee research facility to bring added revenue to Florida

According to a special report from Florida TaxWatch, a new honeybee research facility could make Florida a global leader in agricultural research and is estimated to return more than $1 million in state tax revenue to Florida.
The proposed facility, to be established at the University of Florida, would attract research revenue as well as help recruit and retain top researchers and students. The economic impact would stem from job creation, beginning with facility construction and research positions, and include increased economic activity from additional Florida visitors and researchers using the facility.
For more information, visit http://www.floridataxwatch.org on the Web.


Orlando sets all-time record for U.S. destinations

Visit Orlando President and CEO George Aguel announced that Orlando welcomed 59 million visitors in 2013, setting an all-time record for U.S. destinations.
The record-breaking figure represents a 3 percent increase above the previous milestone set in 2012. When new economic impact figures are released later this year, 2013 visitation is estimated to increase the more than $52 billion in economic impact that travel and tourism had on the Orlando community in 2012. One in three jobs in Orlando is a result of tourism, with more than 380,000 jobs supported by visitor spending.
For more information, visit visitorlando.com on the Web.


Nonprofit establishes fund for pets of abuse victims

Harbor House of Central Florida, Orange County’s only state-certified domestic violence center, established Marvin’s Fund in an effort to raise funds for its nearly 2-year-old pet shelter, the Paws for Peace Kennel, which allows abused families to remain intact. Statistics show that up to 48 percent of domestic
violence survivors delay leaving their abuser out of fear of what will happen to their pets.
The pet shelter — which, since its inception, has served as a safe haven for more than 50 dogs, cats and a guinea pig — ensures no family member is left behind in an abusive home.
For more information, visit http://www.harborhousefl.com on the Web.


Ronald McDonald House celebrates major community milestone

Cupcakes, candles and kids were on hand to help mark a major community milestone at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida. The nonprofit celebrated providing temporary lodging, meals and transportation to more than 20,000 families with critically ill children.
Families with children undergoing medical treatment can stay at one of the organization’s two houses — on the campuses of Florida Hospital for Children and Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children.
Most lunch and dinner meals are donated to the families by an army of regular volunteers who cook, serve and socialize with them.
For more information, visit http://www.rmhc.org on the Web.


Charitable organization names board
Officials at Women in Film & Television — Florida announce the 2014 board of directors, including Southwest residents Brooke Winfrey (second from left) and Victoria Smith (far right).

Officials at Women in Film & Television — Florida announce the 2014 board of directors, including Southwest residents Brooke Winfrey (second from left) and Victoria Smith (far right).

Women in Film & Television — Florida, a nonprofit professional membership organization dedicated to helping women and men reach the highest levels of achievement in film, television, digital media and other facets within the entertainment industry, has officially announced its 2014 board of directors.
Congratulations to the following Southwest-area residents: treasurer Dave Cole, CPA, a managing tax partner; board member Victoria Smith, facility & production coordinator at Universal Studios Florida Production Group; board member Brooke Winfrey, a freelance production assistant and production coordinator; and board member Jen Vargas, a field producer at Indie Cinema Showcase.
For more information, visit http://www.womeninfilmfl.org on the Web.


Business Briefs

West Orange Chamber of Commerce members participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Eton Bridge Insurance.

West Orange Chamber of Commerce members participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Eton Bridge Insurance.

West Orange Chamber of Commerce representatives held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Eton Bridge Insurance, an innovative company that provides integrated personal and commercial insurance solutions. Eton Bridge Insurances employs risk managers who are among the most experienced analysts in the industry. For more information, call 407-351-3331 or visit http://www.etonbridgesolutions.com on the Web.


Four Orlando Health hospitals were honored with their fourth consecutive “A” Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. The hospitals are Dr. P. Phillips Hospital, Health Central Hospital, Orlando Regional Medical Center and South Seminole Hospital. The “A” score was awarded based on a number of factors, including the hospitals’ rates of preventable medical errors, injuries, accidents and infections. For more information, visit http://www.orlandohealth.com or http://www.hospitalsafetyscore.org on the Web.


West Orange Chamber of Commerce members hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Live Well Medical Centers Orlando.

West Orange Chamber of Commerce members hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Live Well Medical Centers Orlando.

West Orange Chamber of Commerce representatives held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Live Well Medical Centers Orlando, owned by a medical investment group. The company’s mission is to provide clients with the best comprehensive medical care available, including a variety of in-house services along with efforts to educate and enhance preventive medical care. For more information, visit http://www.livewellorlando.com on the Web.


Orlando Health and the development team of GDC Properties and Weingarten Realty Investors are pleased to announce that they have entered into an exclusive negotiation agreement for the property on which Orlando Health’s Lucerne Pavilion currently resides. Phase one of the redevelopment project will include a 6-acre property bordered on the east by Orange Avenue, south by Gore Street, west by Kuhl Avenue, and north by Lucerne Circle. A specialty grocery store, retail, restaurants and
multifamily residential apartment homes are included in the development team’s initial concept, but they are subject to revisions as negotiations continue throughout the next several months. For more information, visit http://www.orlandohealth.com on the Web.

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