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LRH Medical Center’s Electrophysiology Lab Earns Prestigious Three-Year Accreditation

Lakeland, FL – Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center earns a prestigious three-year accreditation for Cardiac Electrophysiology from the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission. The accreditation is for both Testing/Ablation and Device Implantation.

“We are pleased to be able to offer such a high level of heart care at the region’s most established Cardiovascular Institute,” said Timothy J. Regan, MD, President, Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center/Chief Medical Officer, Lakeland Regional Health. “Our Electrophysiologists, Cardiologists, nurses, technicians and their support team work diligently each day to uplift and redefine the standards of cardiac care for our patients, their families and our community.”

Through the Jack and Tina Harrell Family Institute for Advance Cardiovascular Rehabilitation, our patients receive nationally recognized electrophysiological care as part of the Heart Rhythm Program. Our physicians have successfully performed more than 700 atrial fibrillation ablations and inserted thousands of pacemakers.

The Intersocietal Accreditation Commission accredits facilities that perform cardiac electrophysiology procedures by ensuring that the facility meets quality benchmarks based on published clinical guidelines, best practices and outcomes. IAC accreditation includes a self-evaluation by the facility based on the IAC Standards. The accreditation process also involves sharing case studies for review, including post-procedure documentation, post-procedure electrocardiograms, nurse monitoring reports, anesthesia monitoring reports and cardiac electrophysiology procedure reports.

In addition to the Electrophysiology Lab, the Chest Pain Center at the Jack and Tina Harrell Family Institute for Advanced Cardiovascular Rehabilitation is accredited by the American College of Cardiology Accreditation Services as Polk County’s only PCI/Resuscitation location.

If any of the following arrhythmia symptoms are experienced frequently or when you wouldn’t expect them, seek medical care. Noticeable symptoms of heart rhythm problems include:

  • Fluttering in chest
  • Racing heartbeat
  • Slow heartbeat
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Lightheadedness or dizziness
  • Sweating
  • Fainting or near fainting

About Lakeland Regional Health

Not-for-profit Lakeland Regional Health reaches beyond its hospital walls to promote wellness, education and discovery in new places and new ways, providing a wide range of inpatient and outpatient healthcare services at its Medical Center, Hollis Cancer Center and ambulatory care locations. Lakeland Regional Health earned Most Wired Advanced and Most Wired status four times since 2013 from the American Hospital Association and has earned workplace awards from Forbes, Gallup and Becker’s Hospital Review. Its 864-bed comprehensive tertiary referral hospital, Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center, operates the Jack and Tina Harrell Family Institute for Advanced Cardiovascular Medicine; a Level II Trauma Center; the Carol Jenkins Barnett Pavilion for Women and Children, which includes a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; and the Bannasch Institute for Advanced Rehabilitation Medicine.

About the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission

The Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) provides accreditation programs for vascular testing, echocardiography, nuclear/PET, MRI, diagnostic CT, dental CT, carotid stenting, vein treatment and management, cardiac electrophysiology and cardiovascular catheterization. The IAC programs for accreditation are dedicated to ensuring quality patient care and promoting healthcare and all support one common mission: Improving health care through accreditation®.


Cory J. Person Joins Hill Ward Henderson

TAMPA – Hill Ward Henderson is pleased to welcome Cory J. Person as a Shareholder in the firm’s Litigation and Employment Law groups. His practice is primarily focused on the defense of products liability, premises liability and complex tort claims.  Mr. Person also has extensive experience representing employers in litigation arising out of discrimination, harassment and non-competition agreements.

Mr. Person is active in both professional and Bar-related organizations.  He currently serves as a Board Director on the Hillsborough County Bar Association and is a two-term past president of the George Edgecomb Bar Association.  He also serves on the Florida Bar Judicial Nominating Procedures Committee, and is a member of the J. Clifford Cheatwood Inn of Court and Defense Research Institute (DRI).

Active in the community, Mr. Person serves as a Board Member for the Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation and as a member of the Bay Area Legal Services Development Council.

Mr. Person earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law, where he served as president of the UNC Trial Law Academy and Broun National Trial Team.  In addition, Mr. Person served as Managing Editor of the UNC First Amendment Law Review, and was the recipient of the Gressman-Pollitt Award for Exemplary Skill in Appellate Advocacy.  Mr. Person earned his Bachelor’s degree in political science from Methodist University, magna cum laude.

Prior to law school, Mr. Person served as a non-commissioned officer in the United States Army. Among the awards Mr. Person received for his service are the Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal and the Army Commendation Medal.

Hill Ward Henderson is a full-service law firm with multi-disciplinary practices. Headquartered in downtown Tampa, with over 100 attorneys, the firm has a wide range of local, regional and national clients. For additional information, please visit the firm’s website at


Local Marketing Professional Joins Bank of Central Florida’s Team

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Lakeland, Fla –May 13, 2019–Local professional Danielle Harris has been named Vice President and Marketing Manager for Bank of Central Florida. Danielle will be located in Bank of Central Florida’s South Lakeland headquarters at 5105 South Florida Avenue. In her new role, she is responsible for identifying growth opportunities for the Bank, developing marketing campaigns for key audiences and building media strategies across various marketing platforms.

“We’re pleased to welcome Danielle to our Bank of Central Florida team,” said Chairman of the Board, CEO and President Paul Noris. “She will be instrumental in helping us to strategize and implement our culture in marketing initiatives, and will help us to showcase the Bank’s core values and services in our markets.”

Danielle began her career before attending college where she served as an Events Manager for Liberty Diagnostics, LLC, and an Accounting Assistant for Liberty Steel Erectors, Inc. She graduated from the University of Central Florida (UCF) in 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management – Entrepreneurship and a minor in Hospitality.

Following graduation, Harris joined Florida Baptist Children’s Homes in Lakeland and served as a Special Events Coordinator helping plan fundraising events and working with donors on event details. She also worked as a Community Development Manager for the American Cancer Society and most recently held the position of Account Executive with Curious Jane, a digital-focused advertising agency working with franchises across the United States and Canada.

Harris is very involved in the community and currently serves on the Steering and Marketing Committee for EMERGE Lakeland, a young professional’s organization that is supported by the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce and United Way of Central Florida.

Outside of work, Harris enjoys singing at her church, playing racquetball and spending time with family and friends.



Lakeland Chamber of Commerce Nominations Sought for 2020 Board of Directors

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In July, a nominating committee headed by Chair-elect Matt Clark (Broadway Real Estate Services) will begin work to nominate 12 new directors to serve a three-year term on the Chamber’s Board of Directors, effective January 1, 2020.

Chamber members are asked to submit their name or names of active members in good-standing who possess outstanding leadership qualities and who demographically represent the membership of the organization. Names of individuals will be submitted to the Nominating Committee, which is charged with selecting a representative slate of 12 directors to be presented to the membership for approval by September 1, 2019.

Names of proposed board candidates should be submitted no later than Friday, July 12, 2019 to: Cory Skeates, President, Lakeland Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 3607, Lakeland, FL 33802-3607, by FAX:  683-7454 or by email: Questions regarding the nominations process may be directed to Cory at 688-8551, ext. 234 or at the above email address.

The membership of the Chamber is served by an elected 39-member board of directors and four ex officio members. These dedicated volunteer leaders direct the governance of the Chamber and represent the interests of the membership. As an active member, we encourage you to contact any of the following directors to provide input on how we as a business organization can better serve the diverse needs of our membership:

Executive Committee 

Board Chair: Michelle Ledford (MADE) 500-1477

Chair-elect:  Matt Clark (Broadway Real Estate Services) 683-3425

Immediate Past Chair:  Weymon Snuggs (Citizens Bank and Trust) 686-1430

Treasurer:  Joe G. Tedder (JBT Properties, LLC) 712-4930

Vice Chair, Advocacy:  Will Link (Reed Mawhinney and Link, PLLC) 687-1771

Vice Chair, Business Resource Center:  Gow Fields (Fields Insurance & Financial Group) 683-2816

Vice Chair, Communications/Marketing:  Stacey Heacock Weeks (Heacock Insurance Group) 683-2228

Vice Chair, Engagement:  Jonathan Crain (Two Men and a Truck) 646-6683

Vice Chair, Investor Development:  Derek Oxford (CPS Investment Advisors) 688-1725

 President:  Cory Skeates (Lakeland Chamber of Commerce) 688-8551 ext. 234

 General Counsel:  Craig B. Hill (Peterson & Myers, P.A.) 683-6511


Dr. Steven Achinger (Watson Clinic LLP) 680-7252

David Brown (Bank of Central Florida) 226-0836

Brian Burns (Ledger Media Group) 802-7000

Jacqueline Byrd (Polk County Public Schools) 534-0521

Tony Camarillo (RP Funding Center) 834-8133

Bretta Christakos (CenterState Bank, N.A.) 577-2975

Tony Delgado (City of Lakeland) 834-6006

Danielle Drummond (Lakeland Regional Health) 687-1195

Dr. Angela Falconetti (Polk State College) 297-1098

Dr. Kyle Fedler (Florida Southern College) 680-4124

Marcos Fernandez (Nineteen61 Latin Cuisine) 688-1961

Holland Henderson (Allen & Company of Florida, Inc.) 616-6041

Janice Tedder Jones (CliftonLarsonAllen LLP) 687-7000

Rev. Eddie Lake (New Bethel A.M.E. Church) 687-1994

John Lancaster (Clark, Campbell, Lancaster & Munson, P.A.) 647-5337

Chrissanne Long (Maximize Digital Media) 606-5994

Erica Lupercio (CPS Investment Advisors) 688-1725

Cindy Maddox (Omnia, Inc.) 619-8100

Maggie Mariucci (Florida Polytechnic University) 874-8462

Chuck McDanal (StudioC Solutions) 877-1855

Tim Mitchell (Parker Street Ministries) 682-4544

Bill Mutz (City of Lakeland) 834-6005

Cory Neupauer (Lakeland Automall – Ford & Hyundai) 583-9248

Dr. Chris Owen (Southeastern University) 667-5146

David Robinson (DSM Technology Consultants) 802-8888

Jason Rodda (Rodda Construction, Inc.)  669-0990

David Sandow (Spherion) 667-0800

Jim Sidou (Saddle Creek Logistics Services) 669-2799

Amanda Walls (Peterson & Myers, P.A.) 683-6511

Brian West (Publix Super Markets, Inc.) 688-7407

Shelly Wilkes (Lakeland Magic) 825-3262