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First Class of Doctors Graduates from Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Pediatric Residency Program

 Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital marks an academic milestone as it celebrates its first class of doctors graduating from the Johns Hopkins All Children’s pediatric residency program. A group of 10 graduates completed their three-year training program, gaining the knowledge and skills to diagnose, prevent and treat childhood diseases, and ultimately become leaders in children’s health.

In addition to clinical rotations, the residency program offers pediatricians-in-training an innovative curriculum focused on patients and family-centered care, leadership, the business of medicine, ethics of care, cultural competence, research as well as patient safety and quality care. With a nationwide physician shortage growing in pediatrics and other sub-specialty areas, teaching hospitals such as Johns Hopkins All Children’s are playing a vital role in training the physicians of the future.

“This educational milestone pushes us to the next level, as we continue our transformation to become a leading academic health system in Florida,” said Jonathan Ellen, M.D., president and vice dean of Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. “This next generation of pediatricians will now make their mark in children’s health as they go on to practice medicine at the bedside, expand their skills through fellowship opportunities and continue their focus on researching childhood disease.”

This group of residents came to the hospital as pioneers in one of the first new pediatric residency programs in the United States since the 1970s. As they carry on the vision and mission of Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, they’ve also helped the hospital solidify a program focused on education, leadership and individualized learning paths and have developed a deeper knowledge and responsibility toward patient-centered care.

“Our inaugural graduation symbolizes the culmination of the efforts our graduates, our faculty and our institution toward getting these trainees to their next career steps and to completing our goal of training the next generation of leaders,” explains Raquel Hernandez, M.D., director of medical education at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital and assistant professor of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Hernandez was instrumental in designing the residency program which launched in 2014 and has worked closely with existing residents and continues to lead recruitment efforts for new pediatric residents.

As this inaugural class graduates, Johns Hopkins All Children’s will welcome its fourth class of pediatric residents who begin training in July.

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About Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital

Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg is a leader in children’s health care, combining a legacy of compassionate care focused solely on children since 1926 with the innovation and experience of one of the world’s leading health care systems. The 259-bed teaching hospital, ranked as a U.S. News & World Report Best Children’s Hospital, stands at the forefront of discovery, leading innovative research to cure and prevent childhood diseases while training the next generation of pediatric experts. With a network of Johns Hopkins All Children’s Outpatient Care centers and collaborative care provided by All Children’s Specialty Physicians at regional hospitals, Johns Hopkins All Children’s brings care closer to home. Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital consistently keeps the patient and family at the center of care while continuing to expand its mission in treatment, research, education and advocacy. For more information, visit


Local CPA Recognized as One of the Top Financial Planners in the Nation

Matthew A. Treskovich, CPA/PFS, CFP®, CMA, MBA, with CPS Investment Advisors, has received the Personal Financial Planning (PFP) Standing Ovation from the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA). He is one of 16 CPAs to receive this award, which will be presented at the AICPA’s Advanced Personal Financial Planning Conference in Las Vegas.

“The AICPA is pleased to recognize each of these honorees for their contributions to personal financial planning,” said Andrea Millar, CPA/PFS, AICPA’s Director of Personal Financial Planning. “Each of these young PFS credential holders has gone beyond providing excellent client services to earn this honor. Their work underscores the contribution CPAs are able to make in the field of financial planning at an early age.” The Standing Ovation program recognizes young CPAs who exhibit outstanding professional achievement in specialization areas.

Treskovich joined CPS Investment Advisors in 2016 after spending 18 years in the insurance industry, and 12 as CFO of an insurance brokerage. Matt has a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from the University of Central Florida, and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. He is a Certified Public Accountant, Personal Financial Specialist, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and a Certified Management Accountant.

“Matt is a valuable asset to our firm and to our clients. He is exemplary when it comes to financial planning and goes beyond all elements to help our team every day. He is well deserving of this distinguished honor,” said Peter Golotko, CPA/PFS, MBA, President of CPS Investment Advisors.

“We are very proud of Matt’s accomplishments and his financial planning and this expertise fits well at CPS,” said Jim Luffman, CPA/PFS, CFO of CPS Investment Advisors.

CPS Investment Advisors, located in downtown Lakeland, was started in 1975 by Chas P. Smith, as an independent financial advisory firm. The firm operates under a fiduciary standard and provides financial planning services, money management, 401(k) plan services and tax services.

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Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium Seeks “Best of the Ballparks” Designation

The Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium needs your vote! Only one day left! Please show your community pride and vote for Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium as the BEST Ballpark! Our Lakeland stadium has made it to the final four and needs your vote to win! You can make a difference with a daily vote.

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Florida Lifestyle Communities, LLC is March Small Business of the Month

SBA - Florida Lifestyle CommunitiesFlorida Lifestyle Communities, LLC
Arthur H. Erickson

(863) 646 2699
146 Horizon Ct
Lakeland, FL 33813




By Curt Wheeler, Florida Lifestyle Communities

Florida Lifestyle Communities, LLC, and its affiliate companies plan, develop, and construct lifestyle communities throughout Central Florida, and have succeeded at this for more than 30 years.  The company’s mission is to give each of its customers not only a well-built and well-designed home, but also an attractive, engaging neighborhood environment in a community that fosters friendships, health, and long-term enjoyment of life.   That goal has been achieved by building 4,500 homes throughout the state, including more than 1,800 in the greater Lakeland area.  Local communities include Silver Lakes, Highland Fairways, The Colonnades, and Carillion Lakes.  “Excellence is our way of living” is the company motto and it is fulfilled by FLC’s commitment to offering its owners a high level of personal service, along with homes individually customized to their family’s specific needs and desires.  The company’s nimble management style and careful attention to market shifts have helped FLC successfully weather numerous economic cycles, competitive challenges and changes to national and local government policies.  The firm operates out of a professional two-story building in south Lakeland, and currently markets and builds communities in Lakeland, Ocala, and Leesburg.  Principals Art Erickson, Tom Eleazer, and Robbie Salzman have been active in Lakeland civic activities, including Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce Board member, Chairman’s Circle, Leadership Lakeland, Central Florida Development Council, Polk Businesses for World Class Education, Polk County Builders Association, Leadership Polk, and The Lakeland Rotary Club.  The firm provides a flexible work environment and employees are encouraged to give back to the community in their own venues.   The Chamber is proud to have Florida Lifestyle Communities, LLC in our community and proud to recognize the firm as the February 2015 Small Business of the Month.


2015 Detroit Tiger BBQ Tickets On Sale

Join us in welcoming back our Detroit Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium during the Lakeland Chamber’s 69th Annual Tiger BBQ on Thursday, February 26th starting at 6 PM.

This Lakeland tradition kicks off the Detroit Tiger’s 79th Spring Training season and celebrates the 50th year of Tiger baseball at Joker Marchant Stadium—which translates each year into approximately $45 million in economic impact to our area!

Ticket holders will enjoy traditional southern BBQ, a commemorative 2015 souvenir mug and the opportunity support the longest standing Major League Baseball relationship in Spring Training history.   Please join us and fellow Tiger’s supporters in supporting the Chamber’s 69th Annual Tiger BBQ event by clicking here to order tickets.

Click here to order your ticket(s) or call Patty Smith at (863) 688-8551 Ext. 224

2015 Tiger BBQ
For more information on Spring Training, please go to or call 866-668.4437.