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Lakeland Investment Firm Makes Top 100 Best Companies List

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CPS Investment Advisors has been named one of Florida’s Best Companies to Work For and will be featured in the August edition of Florida Trend Magazine. This is the fourth time the investment firm has made the list, now ranking 11th in its size category. In 2016, the firm ranked 27th.

“Here at CPS, we value our employees and encourage them. We strive to provide a work environment that is conducive to achieve high productivity, which adds to the overall success of our firm,” said Jim Luffman, CPA/PFS, CFO of CPS Investment Advisors.

The investment firm underwent an evaluation of its workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. The process also included a survey to measure employee satisfaction. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking.

“The best companies obviously provide strong pay and benefits to their employees, but they also offer fun diversions such as ice cream socials, holiday parties and field days,” says Florida Trend Publisher Andy Corty, “And these top companies encourage employees to participate in the organization’s overall success with training and open communications.”

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 planning services.


American Cancer Society Tobacco Cessation Resources for Employers






Raising awareness about the dangers of all forms of tobacco sends the message that you care about the well-being of your employees and their families. The following American Cancer Society tobacco cessation and wellness resources make it easier to do just that!


Quitting tobacco is not easy, but it can be done. Whether you’re a smoker, someone who uses smokeless tobacco, or someone trying to help an employee, friend or loved one, you’ll find the information at


This infographic illustrates the significant financial and physical harm that tobacco use has on the smoker and society at large.  Download and share on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter; PDF and text alternative versions are available.  Link:


Employers can use this sample policy and adapt it as needed to help establish and maintain a tobacco-free workplace – including areas outside the building and company vehicles.  Link: 


Healthy Living is a monthly electronic newsletter produced by the American Cancer Society that teaches the importance of making healthy lifestyle choices.  Available in both English and Spanish, you can distribute Healthy Living by email or in a printed format, and help build a staff of dedicated, healthy, and motivated people.  To begin receiving Health Living, sign up here: 


Every year, on the third Thursday of November, smokers across the nation take part in the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout® event.  Promote this event to your employees and customers through posters, flyers, web and social media graphics.  *2017 Great American Smokeout® materials will be available Fall 2017. 




Tobacco Free Florida’s cessation, “Quit Your Way”, offers evidence-based tobacco cessation services via Phone, Group Support, Web, and other options.  Free Nicotine Replacement Therapy (patches, lozenges or gum) are also available, if medically appropriate, for adults 18+ years of age. *NRT availability may vary.


Lakeland Regional Health Team Member News

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Lakeland Regional Health has the following good news to share:

  • Rene Cajuste, MD, has joined Lakeland Regional Health as a Hospitalist at Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center. Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, Dr. Cajuste earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from Penn State College of Medicine. He completed his Residency and Internship at Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola, New York. Dr. Cajuste most recently served as an Internal Medicine physician with Delta Internal Medicine Center, an inpatient and outpatient practice in Orlando. Dr. Cajuste is fluent in English and French.
  • Maureen Leckie, MSN, HACP, Associate Vice President of Operations and Growth for Lakeland Regional Health, and Tim Allen, MBA, Lakeland Regional Health Lead Security Supervisor and Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, recently completed training offered by the Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Ala. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency operates the Center for Domestic Preparedness. The CDP develops and delivers advanced training for emergency response providers, emergency managers, and government officials. Mrs. Leckie attended the Healthcare Executive Incident Command training, and Mr. Allen attended Healthcare Leadership for Mass Casualty Incidents. Mr. Allen also attended a conference on Hospital Emergency Response Training for Mass Casualty Incidents – Train the Trainer.
  • Xavier Román, MD, has joined Lakeland Regional Health as an Obstetrician and Gynecologist. Dr. Román sees patients at the Grasslands Campus, 3030 Harden Blvd #200, Lakeland. He earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from Ponce School of Medicine in Puerto Rico and completed his Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency at Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies in Orlando. Dr. Román most recently served as an Obstetrician/Gynecologist at Orrego Center for Women’s Health in Ocoee, Florida. Dr. Román is fluent in English and Spanish.

Photo captions: Headshots of Dr. Cajuste (left) and Dr. Roman (right). 


Mahoney Elected President of the French-American Business Council of West Florida, Inc.

Maria-PictureMaria Mahoney, founder of The Mahoney Group, Inc., a Lakeland based commercial real estate brokerage company, was elected President of the French-American Business Council of West Florida, Inc. (FRAMCO), an Associate Member of the French-American Chambers of Commerce France International Network in the United States of America (FACC) and Chambers of Commerce & Industry-France International (CCIFI).

FRAMCO, a 19-year non-profit organization’s mission is to foster development and improvement of economic, commercial and educational relationships between France and West Florida – Create business added-value services and support its members keen on developing their activities and network between France and West Florida. In addition, FRAMCO gathers Francophiles for social and cultural events while providing international networking opportunities.

Maria Mahoney, who hails from Paris, France, brings leadership and business knowledge with an international background.


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