Florida Hospital CEO settling into new role

It’s been a busy time for Amanda Maggard, since being appointed Florida Hospital Zephyrhills CEO more than a month ago. Her first week on the job presented a unique and challenging experience, navigating the 149-bed regional medical center in the wake of Hurricane Irma, to ensure patients could be cared for at any time. But Maggard came prepared, considering she’s dealt with four other … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills economic summit will focus on health care

An economic summit is coming to Zephyrhills next month, with a primary focus on offering solutions to the needs of the medical community — which represents the largest percentage of the city’s workforce. The inaugural Zephyrhills Economic Summit — organized by the Zephyrhills Economic Development Coalition (ZEDC), in partnership with the City of Zephyrhills and The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber … [Read more...]

Pasco gives boost to community gardening

Pasco County could soon be the first in the state with a countywide ordinance to permit residents to grow community gardens. The proposed ordinance also would be the first countywide ordinance of its kind for Pasco. At a June 6 Pasco County Commission meeting in Dade City, county staff members explained what a community garden is and how it would operate. Commissioners are scheduled … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills chamber ‘pays it forward’

The seventh annual Pigz and Z’Hills BBQ & Blues Fest is over, but its community impact lingers on. The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce earmarked more than $19,000 in scholarships and donations during its annual “Pay it Forward” dinner on Feb. 23, at the Silverado Golf and Country Club. The post-barbecue banquet celebrates volunteers’ efforts during the Pigz in Z’Hills BBQ … [Read more...]

New event venue site completed in Zephyrhills

Less than five months after breaking ground, the new community venue site at the Zephyrhills Municipal Airport is complete. The unnamed venue, at 5200 Airport Road, will officially be unveiled at the seventh annual Pigz in Z’Hills BBQ & Blues Fest on Jan. 21. The 14-acre site is situated north of the Zephyrhills’ City Yard, stretching to Airport Road, and backing up the southern … [Read more...]

Resolve to have fun in 2017

Maybe 2017 is the year that you’re going to have more fun. But, perhaps you want to improve planning your activities, and to get a better handle on your spending, too. The Laker/Lutz News is here to help. Whether you’re new to area, or have lived here for decades, this guide is intended to help you plan fun activities for you and your family, without breaking the bank. January Raising … [Read more...]

Name sought for new Zephyrhills venue

A new community venue in Zephyrhills needs a name. The City of Zephyrhills and The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce are conducting a contest to name the venue, which is located at the Zephyrhills Municipal Airport. The venue, at 5200 Airport Road, is the site for the eighth annual Pigz in Z’Hills BBQ & Blues Fest on Jan. 21. Ideally the venue’s name will reflect the … [Read more...]

Biometric ID device now in use at Florida Hospital Zephyrhills

Patients visiting Florida Hospital Zephyrhills will now encounter a high-tech identification device at the medical center. PatientSecure, a device that images veins in the hand, is now being used to register and identify all patients. The biometric identification solution—manufactured by Imprivata, a Massachusetts-based IT Company — uses infrared light to scan a patient’s palm, and then … [Read more...]

Fitness meets fun at Trail Jam

They were young and they were old. Some were athletic and trim; others, not quite so fit. But, they came together on June 25 at the Trail Jam to show the many ways that people can pursue becoming more fit. Some joined exercise groups. Others took a stroll. Others hopped on bicycles, or walked their dogs. The idea was to get moving and to join others in the quest. Florida … [Read more...]

Seed of idea takes root in garden

Construction trailers once cluttered the vacant lot on a hilly rise across from Florida Hospital Zephyrhills. Now, a community garden is taking root there, as hospital employees, one by one, build garden beds that will sprout with vegetables, flowers and herbs. The Florida Hospital Zephyrhills CREATION Health Community Garden sits behind a white picket fence, on Dairy Road directly … [Read more...]