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Lakeland Regional Health Named Best Large Hospital Workplace in Florida




Lakeland, FL – Lakeland Regional Health is pleased to share it was named Best Hospital Workplace with 150-plus beds by the Florida Hospital Association. The award was announced Thursday night at FHA’s annual meeting and awards presentation.

Each year, the Florida Hospital Association recognizes leaders and teams in healthcare who contribute to the mission of providing quality care for the people of Florida.

“We work diligently to make sure we are providing our team members with meaningful careers, not just jobs,” said Scott Dimmick, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Lakeland Regional Health Senior Vice President/Chief Human Resources Officer. “We are so proud to be honored for the enterprise and intention we put into revitalizing our initiatives to ensure that team members feel they are rewarded and treasured.”

Among the initiatives earning Lakeland Regional Health the award are a competitive benefits package, robust compensation and rewards program, and highly sought-after career development programs.

FHA presented awards to 10 individuals and teams that achieved notable success this year in improving patient care and contributing to their communities.

“We are delighted to recognize hospital leaders, volunteers and teams who deliver exceptional care to our patients and communities,” said Bruce Rueben, Florida Hospital Association President. “Their effort demonstrates Florida hospitals’ commitment to better care and better health for all Floridians.”

With an estimated workforce of 5,400 team members, Lakeland Regional Health is the second largest private employer in Polk County.

Lakeland Regional Health is nationally recognized for its workplace engagement, earning workplace awards from Forbes, Gallup and Becker’s Hospital Review.

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 a Level II Trauma Center; the Carol Jenkins Barnett Pavilion for Women and Children, which includes a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; the Jack and Tina Harrell Family Institute for Advanced Cardiovascular Medicine; and the Bannasch Institute for Advanced Rehabilitation Medicine.

About the Florida Hospital Association

The Florida Hospital Association comprises over 200 hospitals and health systems from across the state. Through representation and advocacy, education, and informational services, it supports the mission of its members to provide the highest quality of care to patients. For more information, visit


Aerospace Discovery Manager Awarded State Recognition

October 4, 2018 Lakeland, Florida: Each year the Florida Association of Museums (FAM) recognizes outstanding contributions to the museum profession in the State of Florida. Awards recognize museum staff, volunteers, or trustees, as well as individuals outside the museum profession who make significant contributions to the advancement of Florida’s museums, either locally or statewide.

Jayme Jamison, Aerospace Discovery Manager for the Aerospace Center for Excellence, was recognized as the 2018 Outstanding New Professional at an Awards Ceremony held during the Annual FAM Conference. Awarded to individuals who have been working in the museum field for five years or less, the honor recognizes Jayme’s commitment to producing valuable and engaging content for the museum audience. Nominated by the Aerospace Center for Excellence and LuAnn Mims from the Lakeland Public Library, this recognition not only honors Jayme’s work at Aerospace Discovery but also for her collaboration with community partners at the Lakeland Public Library, Polk County History Center, International Council of Airshows and Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. As LuAnn noted in her nomination, Jayme’s “commitment to the community’s education shines through in all that she does.” The awards ceremony was held on October 2nd at the Naples Botanical Garden where Jayme received a certificate of recognition and a bowl hand carved from a Royal Poinciana tree that fell at the gardens during Hurricane Irma. Please join us in congratulating Jayme and all the honorees.

About Aerospace Center for Excellence, Inc.:
The Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE), a 501(c)(3) non-profit, has emerged as a nationally recognized leader in STEM-related and aerospace education through its various learning centers, outreach programs, summer camps and scholarships aimed at preparing students for tomorrow’s aerospace challenges. Located on the SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus in Lakeland, Florida, the organization is known for its annual SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In and Expo fundraising event as well as the Aerospace Discovery Museum which is Florida’s Official Aviation Museum and Education Center. ACE is the world’s leader in producing licensed teenage private pilots and delivers youth programs that engage over 30,000 students a year. For more information,


Saint Leo University Named As Best Value in South for 2019 by U.S. News

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LEO, FL – Saint Leo University was named as one of the best regional universities and best values in higher education in the 2019 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges, which was released Sept. 10. In addition, Saint Leo was named one of the Best Colleges for Veterans.

The university was No. 14 among Best Value Schools in the South. To determine which colleges and universities offer the best value for students, U.S. News takes into account both academic quality and cost.

This year, Saint Leo also claimed its spot in the top 50 “Best Regional Universities” and ranked 47th among Southern universities. This rank is up from last year’s rank of 61st among universities in the South. Regional universities offer a full range of undergraduate programs and provide graduate education at the master’s level. Saint Leo also offers three doctoral programs.

To receive a “Best Value School” ranking, U.S. News calculated the university’s academic quality as indicated by its 2019 U.S. News Best Colleges ranking, and the 2017-2018 net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid. “The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal,” U.S. News & Report stated in its listings. “Only schools ranked in or near the top half of their categories are included because U.S. News considers the most significant values to be among colleges that are above average academically.”

The university also was named one of the Best Colleges for Veterans among regional universities in the South, ranking 31st. Saint Leo has a proud history of educating veterans and military students. Schools named to the list participate in federal initiatives helping veterans and active-duty servicemembers pay for their degrees.

“Saint Leo University provides a terrific educational value for students of all ages and from all backgrounds, and we are pleased that the U.S. News & World Report’s rankings recognize the quality and excellence offered by the university,” said Dr. Jeffrey D. Senese, university president. “We’re proud of our Catholic heritage and commitment to higher education. These rankings point to our student-centered mission, our caring faculty and staff, and our dedication to student success.”

For information about Best Colleges 2019, visit

About Saint Leo University

Saint Leo University ( is a modern Catholic teaching university that is firmly grounded in the liberal arts tradition and the timeless Benedictine wisdom that seeks balanced growth of mind, body, and spirit. The Saint Leo University of today is a private, nonprofit institution that creates hospitable learning communities wherever students want to be or need to be, whether that is a campus classroom, a web-based environment, an employer’s worksite, a military base, or an office park. Saint Leo welcomes people of all faiths and of no religious affiliation, and encourages learners of all generations. The university is committed to providing educational opportunities to the nation’s armed forces, veterans, and their families. Saint Leo is regionally accredited to award degrees ranging from the associate to the doctorate, and the faculty and staff guide all students to develop their capacities for critical thinking, moral reflection, and lifelong learning and leadership.


The university remains the faithful steward of the beautiful lakeside University Campus in the Tampa Bay region of Florida, where its founding monks created the first Catholic college in the state in 1889. Serving more than 13,000 students, Saint Leo has expanded to downtown Tampa, to other sites in Florida and beyond, and maintains a physical presence in seven states. The university provides highly respected online learning programs to students nationally and internationally. More than 93,000 alumni reside in all 50 states, in Washington, DC, in three U.S. territories, and in 76 countries.


50 Florida Companies You Will Want to Pay Attention to

Pensacola, Florida (9/20/2018) — Digital Boardwalk is pleased to announce the 50 statewide companies expected to see significant growth over the next several years.

Digital Boardwalk was selected from more than 500 nominees for Florida Companies to WatchSM, a statewide program managed by economic development group GrowFL, in association with the Edward Lowe Foundation.

Digital Boardwalk’s management team, competitive market position and strong community involvement were among several factors that put them in contention for the award.
“These stand-out companies are all led by entrepreneurs, and have demonstrated their capacity and intent to grow,” said Dr. Tom O’Neal, GrowFL executive director. “They also all have critical intellectual property or a niche position that gives them a competitive edge in their markets,” he said.
“This year has marked a huge milestone for digital boardwalk,” says Tim Shoop, CEO. “We have grown 81% over the past three years and added many jobs right here in Florida. My favorite part of the growth is that we not only create jobs, but it allows us to give back to our local community and foster more growth around us. We have an amazing entrepreneurial culture that instills in our team a passion and drive that our customers experience on a daily basis. I am proud of our team and Florida Companies on Growth Watch couldn’t have achieved any of this without their dedication to our mission. Our goal is to help other businesses scale through proper technology implementations and planning, while backing that up with award-winning help-desk support.” Florida Companies on Growth Watch

Joining Digital Boardwalk on the Florida Companies to Watch list are the following Florida based businesses:
Company Name City County Primary Business
8-koi Melbourne Brevard Management Consulting Services
Alluvionic, Inc. Melbourne Brevard Management Consulting Services
ArgoTrak Naples Collier Other Services (except Public Administration)
Artemis Plastics, LLC Ocala Marion Manufacturing
AXI International Fort Myers Lee Manufacturing
Beast Code, LLC Fort Walton Beach Okaloosa Computer Systems Design and Related Services
Benseron Hospitality Naples Collier Computer Systems Design and Related Services
Body Details, LLLP Boca Raton Palm Beach Other Services (except Public Administration)
Burgess Civil, LLC Tampa Hillsborough Construction
Company Name City County Primary Business
Bush Brothers Provision Company West Palm Beach Palm Beach Wholesale Trade
CloudHesive Fort Lauderdale Broward Information Technology
ContentBacon Davie Broward Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services
Cornerstone Fabrication, LLC Debary Volusia Manufacturing
Cruise Car, Inc. Sarasota Manatee Manufacturing
Custom Manufacturing & Engineering Pinellas Park Pinellas Manufacturing
DAK Resources, Inc. Jacksonville Duval Administrative and Support Services
Digital Boardwalk, Inc. Pensacola Escambia Information Technology
Digital Resource, LLC West Palm Beach Palm Beach Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services
Easy Foods, Inc. Kissimmee Osceola Manufacturing
Electronic Locksmith, Inc. Apopka Orange Retail Trade
EPIC Engineering & Consulting Group, LLC Winter Springs Seminole Information Technology
Expert Shutter Services Port St. Lucie St. Lucie Manufacturing
Firehawk Helicopters Leesburg Lake Other Services (except Public Administration)
Flame Boss Orlando Orange Manufacturing
Forcura Jacksonville Duval Information Technology
Fountainhead Commercial Capital Lake Mary Seminole Finance and Insurance
FYZICAL Therapy and Balance Centers Sarasota Sarasota Health Care and Social Assistance
G.S. Gelato & Desserts, Inc. Fort Walton Beach Okaloosa Manufacturing
Germfree Ormond Beach Volusia Manufacturing
GM HILL Jacksonville Duval Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
Hesperos, Inc. Orlando Orange Scientific Research and Development
Intellisteel Group, LLC Leesburg Lake Manufacturing
Knight Federal Solutions Orlando Orange Scientific and Technical Consulting Services
Matthews Design Group, Inc. St. Augustine St. Johns Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
Motorworks Brewing Bradenton Manatee Manufacturing
Next Horizon Sanford Seminole Information Technology
Oasis Senior Advisors Bonita Springs Lee Health Care and Social Assistance
Florida Companies on Growth Watch 4/5
RND Automation Sarasota Manatee Manufacturing
Sarasota Medical Products, Inc. Sarasota Sarasota Manufacturing
Structural Composites, a division of The
Composites Company W. Melbourne Brevard Scientific Research and Development
Sunrise Capital Investors Clearwater Pinellas Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
Sus Hi Eatstation Orlando Orange Accommodation and Food Services
The Collage Companies Lake Mary Seminole Construction Orlando Orange Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services
Triple E Equipment, Inc. Pompano Beach Broward Retail Trade
US Submergent Technologies, LLC Sarasota Sarasota Waste Management and Remediation Services
Vac-Tron Equipment Okahumpka Lake Manufacturing
Vectra Digital Fort Myers Lee Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services
VetCor, LLC Tampa Hillsborough Other Services (except Public Administration)
World Housing Solution, Inc. Sanford Seminole Manufacturing
“This is a strong group of companies that deserve this special recognition given annually to the state’s top second stage companies,” said Dr. Chris Morton, GrowFL Chairman of the GrowFL Advisory Board, CEO of NanoPhotonica and a 2015 Florida Companies to Watch honoree. Second stage companies are defined as those with 6 to 150 full-time employees and between $750,000 and $100 million in annual revenue. There are many programs and incubators promoting start-up businesses; GrowFL is the only Florida program that focuses exclusively on second-stage companies.

The 50 companies named the 2018 Florida Companies to Watch generated nearly $1 billion in revenue and added nearly 1,000 jobs between 2014 and 2017.

Together, the companies project a 50 percent increase in revenue and 40 percent increase in job growth in 2018 compared to 2017.

Companies named to the list will be officially recognized February 9, 2019 at the Straz Performing Arts Center in Tampa, FL. Tickets are on sale now for the awards ceremony.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

About Digital Boardwalk:
Digital Boardwalk provides comprehensive technology management and consulting services for small
and medium-sized businesses throughout Florida and beyond. We help customers achieve reliability,
security, and peace of mind through award-winning support, cybersecurity, cloud computing, and
backup services. We know that technology is integral to your business, so we work diligently to keep
your technology working for our clients. Our team of certified technology specialists bring their
individual expertise and knowledge to each job at hand. Together, we promise to provide you with the
best customer service experience, industryleading technology, and continuous innovation, all catered
to your specific needs.
Florida Companies on Growth Watch 5/5
About GrowFL:
GrowFL provides strategies, resources and support, including strategic research and peer-to-peer
CEO mentoring and leadership development, to second-stage Florida companies. Created by the
Florida legislature in 2009 and grounded in the philosophy of Economic Gardening® — growing
existing businesses in a community, region or state — GrowFL is a critical component of the state’s
economic development strategy and Florida’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. GrowFL is certified by the
National Center for Economic Gardening through the Edward Lowe Foundation. Website:
About the Edward Lowe Foundation:
Established in 1985, the Edward Lowe Foundation is a national, nonprofit organization that supports
entrepreneurship through research, recognition and educational programs, which are delivered
through entrepreneur support organizations (ESOs). The foundation focuses on second-stage
companies — those that have moved beyond the startup phase and seek significant, steady growth.
In addition, the foundation has a second mission of land stewardship and is committed to preserving
the natural resources and historically significant structures at Big Rock Valley, its 2,000-acre home in
southwest Michigan.


LRH Oncology Program Earns Its First Gold Accreditation from Commission on Cancer

lrhLakeland, FL – Johnny Dixon was 42 years old when he discovered he had prostate cancer.

“It was very frightening,” said Mr. Dixon, who has three daughters, one son and seven grandchildren.

He sought cancer care at Lakeland Regional Health and immediately felt welcome and nurtured. “There was no question too big, no time was too much. They gave me more security. My care team made me feel like I was the only patient.”

This standard of excellent care helped Lakeland Regional Health’s oncology program earn its first gold Accreditation with Commendation, the highest level of recognition, from the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer. Gold status indicates a cancer program complies with all standards at the time of the survey and receives commendations on seven additional standards.

This top-tier, three-year status also makes Lakeland Regional Health a candidate for the prestigious Commission on Cancer Outstanding Achievement Award, which is granted each December to less than 20 programs throughout the United States that achieve excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients.

The accreditation is the result of a rigorous on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor in 27 standards as well as commendations in the following seven areas: Clinical Research Accrual, Cancer Registrar Education, Public Reporting of Outcomes, College of American Pathologists Protocols and Synoptic Reporting, Oncology Nursing Care, Rapid Quality Reporting System Participating and Data Submission/Accuracy of Date.

Only 67 programs in Florida are accredited by the Commission on Cancer, with a total of 1,284 Commission on Cancer-accredited programs in the United States, representing approximately 25 percent of all hospitals and health systems in the United States.

“Our team members are committed to provide high-quality inpatient and outpatient cancer care to our patients, their families and our community,” said Graham F. Greene, MD, FACS, FRCS, Lakeland Regional Health Chief Academic Officer and Hollis Cancer Center Executive Director. “Our community can be assured they are receiving world-class oncology care right here close to home.”

For Mr. Dixon, the warm, friendly care made a significant difference as he embarked on his cancer journey, undergoing a radical prostatectomy and today celebrating 22 years of being cancer free.

“My physician called me personally. He called me just to check on me. That was like, ‘Wow!’ That was like my oldest brother was sitting there, just holding my hand.”

Lakeland Regional Health earned a three-year Accreditation with Commendation in six areas in 2015. In 2016, Becker’s Hospital Review named Lakeland Regional Health Hollis Cancer Center one of 101 Hospitals and Health Systems with Great Oncology Systems.

About Lakeland Regional Health Hollis Cancer Center

Lakeland Regional Health Hollis Cancer Center provides specialized cancer care services, including medical oncology, hematology, radiation oncology, gynecologic oncology, surgical oncology and urologic oncology. The Hollis Cancer Center’s board-certified physicians and team of clinical and research professionals use state-of-the-art technology to provide the best possible outcomes for cancer patients. Becker’s Hospital Review named Lakeland Regional Health one of 101 Hospitals and Health Systems with Great Oncology Systems for 2016. Currently, the Hollis Cancer Center is participating in 34 clinical trials and its research over the years has helped to bring 50 FDA-approved chemotherapy and biologic medications to the marketplace. Lakeland Regional Health Hollis Cancer Center is accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers and accredited with commendation by the Commission on Cancer.