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C. Howard Hunter Named 2018 Trial Lawyer of The Year by The Florida Chapters American Board of Trial Advocates

TAMPA - Hill Ward Henderson is proud to announce that shareholder C. Howard Hunter has been named 2018 Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Florida Chapters American Board of Trial Advocates (FLABOTA). Mr. Hunter was presented with the award at the 21stAnnual FLABOTA Conference on July 21 in Boca Raton, Florida.

The FLABOTA Board of Directors nominated and awarded Mr. Hunter with the 2018 Trial Lawyer of the Year honor for his excellent advocacy, distinguished career, superb reputation of high ethics and fair play, and participation in outstanding results.

Mr. Hunter is a past president of FLABOTA as well as of the Tampa Bay Chapter of ABOTA (American Board of Trial Lawyers), and continues to serve on the Executive Committee of both Tampa Bay ABOTA, and FLABOTA, as he has for several years.

Founded in 1958, ABOTA is dedicated to defending the American civil justice system. With a membership of 6,700 experienced attorneys representing both plaintiffs and defendants in civil cases, ABOTA is uniquely qualified to speak about the value of the constitutionally mandated jury system as the protector of the rights of persons and property. FLABOTA was formed in 1992, and is one of four regional chapters chartered by the National Board.

Mr. Hunter is a shareholder in the firm’s Litigation Group, and heads the Healthcare Litigation Team. His practice emphasizes the defense of medical negligence cases as well as legal professional liability, sexual abuse and drug and medical device litigation.








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


CareerSource Polk 2018 Annual Meeting and Best Places to Work Awards Breakfast

Bartow, Florida, July 25, 2018- On Thursday, August 16th, 2018 CareerSource Polk will celebrate workforce achievement with its Annual Meeting and Best Places to Work Awards Breakfast at the RP Funding Center from 7:30am to 9:30am. This year’s event theme is CSPN GAMEDAY with a key focus on successful recruiting and retention of a workforce in times of extremely low unemployment. CareerSource Polk is pleased to have Wells Fargo and Polk State College as the leading sponsors of this event.

The Annual Meeting also serves to distribute CareerSource Polk’s 2018 Annual Report by Stacy Campbell-Domineck, President & CEO, and to recognize individuals and companies who have contributed significantly to the workforce development board’s efforts in Polk County during the 2017-2018 program year.

Awards to be presented are:

Best Places to Work Awards – This award promotes a company’s unique forward-looking philosophy and serves to recognize those who have taken the lead in developing exceptional workplaces to improve the quality of life for workers and their families.

Employers of Distinction – These industry leaders have shown consistent commitment to improving the quality of life for their employees while leading our community in developing a best-practice workplace that encourages their employees to work at their very best.

Hammer Award – Named for one of our founding board members and a true champion of workforce development, Marvin Hammer, this award honors an individual who has dedicated significant personal time and effort to CareerSource Polk’s  initiatives.

Workforce Champion Award – Recognizes an employer, individual or organization for their significant contribution to workforce and economic development initiatives.

Larry Miller Award – Recognizes a board member who has demonstrated an overwhelming commitment to workforce development for Polk County through their engaged leadership, innovation, time, integrity and high moral and ethical standards.

Katrina Lunsford Workforce Incentive Award – Recognizes members of the Polk county community who have demonstrated a dedicated commitment to pursuing a career through the CareerSource Polk (CSP) workforce system, and has an express interest in becoming and remaining self-sufficient.

For information on the awards, you may contact Business Services at To purchase individual tickets and corporate tables for this event, please visit .


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Shareholder Nathan S. Hatcher Receives Stetson Lawyers Alumni Association’s President’s Award

Hatcher_Nathan_HI TAMPA – Hill Ward Henderson proudly announces that attorney Nathan Hatcher was recently honored with the Stetson Lawyers Alumni Association’s (SLAA) 2018 President’s Award. The SLAA’s President’s Award was presented to Mr. Hatcher at The Florida Bar Annual Convention in recognition of his outstanding leadership service to the Stetson community and beyond.

Mr. Hatcher is a 2008 graduate of the Stetson College of Law, and has served as the President of the Stetson Lawyers Alumni Association Board over the past two years.

According to the SLAA, “Nathan’s strategic vision and commitment to excellence has helped propel the board and association to new heights.”

In addition to his leadership service on the SLAA Board, Mr. Hatcher is an active member of the American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation where he serves in a leadership position within the Products Liability Committee, as co-chair of its Young Lawyers Subcommittee. Mr. Hatcher is also a member of the Development Council for the All Children’s Hospital, which promotes awareness, fundraising, and “friend-raising” for All Children’s Hospital.

Mr. Hatcher is a shareholder in the firm’s Products Liability and Personal Injury Litigation Groups. He defends consumer product manufacturers involved in high exposure personal injury, wrongful death, and property damage litigation. Primarily, Mr. Hatcher represents a major tobacco company involved in individual smoking and health litigation across the state of Florida.

Nathan Hatcher Stetson Presidents Award

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


Florida Presbyterian Homes Earns 2018 Quality Award


 [Lakeland, Florida] – Florida Presbyterian Homes’ Assisted Living Facility has been recognized as a 2018 recipient of the Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award for its dedication to improving the lives of residents through quality care. The distinction is the first of three progressive award levels through the National Quality Award Program, presented by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), the leading association for long term and post-acute care. The program honors association members across the country that have demonstrated their commitment to improving quality of care for seniors and persons with disabilities.

“We are proud to be honored for our commitment to quality improvement,” said Alexis Bautz, Quality Coordinator of Florida Presbyterian Homes. “Our team is extremely proud of the work they do every day to improve our residents’ quality of life. Working together as a team has enabled us to reach this milestone.”

The National Quality Award Program, established by AHCA/NCAL in 1996, is based on the core values and criteria of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, which also serves as the foundation for the metric-based AHCA/NCAL Quality Initiative. The Baldrige framework helps organizations among different business sectors improve organizational effectiveness and achieve strategy-driven performance.

The Award Program has three levels: Bronze, Silver, and Gold. Providers begin the quality improvement process at the Bronze level, where they develop an organizational profile with essential performance elements such as vision, mission statement, and key strengths and challenges. Bronze applicants must also demonstrate their ability to implement a performance improvement system. Trained Examiners review each Bronze application to determine if the center has met the demands of the criteria. As a recipient of the Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award, Florida Presbyterian Homes may now move forward in developing approaches and achieving performance levels that meet the Silver – Achievement in Quality Award criteria.

“I applaud Florida Presbyterian Homes for taking this important step towards quality improvement,” said the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Board of Overseers Chair Alana Wolfe. “I encourage them to continue on their path to achieving superior outcomes.” The awards will be presented during AHCA/NCAL’s 69th Annual Convention and Exposition in San Diego, California, October 7-10, 2018.


LRH Chief Operating Officer Danielle Drummond Named One of Nation’s Top 25 COOs in Healthcare

Danielle%20DrummondLakeland, FL – Lakeland Regional Health is pleased to share that Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Danielle Drummond, MS, FACHE, is named one of the nation’s Top 25 COOs in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare.

Editors of the publication, a leading national source of news and information for healthcare executives, selected Ms. Drummond for her leadership and sustained contribution to the healthcare industry.

“This year’s class of the Top 25 COOs in Healthcare recognizes executives who have been pivotal to record growth and quality improvement for providers and payers,” said Aurora Aguilar, Editor of Modern Healthcare. “The COO is responsible for navigating all arms of the business, standardizing practices and getting staff to buy in.”

The award honors chief operating officers for working in the complex business of healthcare while delivering top results in quality, safety and efficiency.

“We are deeply proud of Ms. Drummond and the collaborative ways she leads our team to ensure that Lakeland Regional Health efficiently delivers world-class healthcare,” said Elaine C. Thompson, PhD, FACHE, Lakeland Regional Health President and CEO. “She cultivates an environment of innovation and transformation, mindfully placing the patient and family at the heart of all she does.”

Accomplishments at Lakeland Regional Health under Ms. Drummond’s collaborative direction include:

  • Nimble and successful leadership as Incident Commander as the eye of Hurricane Irma passed directly over Lakeland.
  • Recruitment of more than 180 physicians and advanced practitioners brought critically needed healthcare providers to Polk County.
  • Maintenance of a strong operating margin to manage provision of care with an engaged and productive workforce, despite increasing patient volumes, a decline in state Medicaid reimbursement rates, and unplanned personnel expenses incurred during Hurricane Irma.
  • Reorganization of the cardiothoracic service line and construction of a bi-planar suite, where complex neurosurgical interventional procedures can be performed for the first time in Polk County, ensuring the availability of these critical lifesaving services in Polk County.
  • Construction and operationalization of the 32-bed Bannasch Institute for Advanced Rehabilitation Medicine.
  • Oversight of innovative capital projects, including the Carol Jenkins Barnett Pavilion for Women and Children, Hollis Cancer Center and Grasslands Campus.
  • Launch of Gemba, a LEAN-management philosophy, which produced a 28.5% improvement in central line infection rates and 15.2% in falls rates; and reduced readmission rates over the prior year of 16.0% for congestive heart failure, 23.7% for COPD, and 27.4% for pneumonia.

Ms. Drummond joins a prestigious list of COOs, including Dr. Kevin Churchwell of Boston Children’s Hospital, Samuel Hazen of HCA Healthcare, Robert Allen of InterMountain Healthcare, and Dr. Laura Forese, of New York-Presbyterian. For a complete list, visit

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 849-bed comprehensive tertiary referral hospital, Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center, operates a Level II Trauma Center, a Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the Bannasch Institute for Advanced Rehabilitation Medicine and the nation’s busiest single site Emergency Department.

About Modern Healthcare

This weekly print magazine, websites, e-newsletters, mobile products and events is ranked No 1 in readership among healthcare executives. Modern Healthcare leads the market in editorial excellence and has received awards from the American Society of Business Publication Editors, American Society of Healthcare Publication Editors, Trade Association and Business Publications International and the Association of Health Care Journalists, affirming Modern Healthcare’s status as a top source for healthcare business and policy news, research and information.