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Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point has received the American Heart Association’s Fit-Friendly Company — Gold Award. The hospital continues to be a multiple year winner.

The Fit-Friendly Company award is intended to be a catalyst for positive change in the workplace across America.

The Gold Level recognition means that: the hospital offers employees physical activity support. It has increased the number of healthy eating options to employees. It promotes a wellness culture at the worksite and it embraces at least nine criteria as outlined by the American Heart Association in the areas of physical activity, nutrition and culture.

Regional Medical Center also announced it has received a three-year accreditation by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons.

Bayshore Home Care, a home health agency that offers services in Pasco, Pinellas and Hillsborough counties, was named the Top Workplace in the midsize category by The Tampa Bay Times for the third year in a row.

Top Workplaces are determined solely on the feedback of employees. This year, nearly 35,000 employees took surveys to explain why their workplace is tops.

Dell deChant of New Port Richey has been named a Master Instructor at the University of South Florida, in Tampa. The associate chair in religious studies at USF, deChant has been at the university in some capacity since 1986, when he was named an adjunct in the Department of Religious Studies.

The author of books on religion and popular culture, deChant’s most recent work is “Religion and Culture in the West: A Primer.”

A former two-term member of the New Port Richey City Council, deChant’s numerous community activities include establishing the city’s Martin Luther King Day celebration.

V. Antoine Keller, M.D, a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, has been appointed to the medical staff at Oak Hill Hospital, Spring Hill and Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, Hudson. Keller is board certified in cardiothoracic, vascular, and endovascular surgery. He specializes in minimally invasive complex heart procedures, such as valve repair and replacement. He also performs minimally invasive single coronary artery bypass grafting.

Prior to joining the hospitals, Keller served as chief of cardiothoracic surgery at Baton Rouge General Hospital, Baton Rouge, La., and Clinical Assistant Professor of Tulane School of Medicine, New Orleans.

Keller received his medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine and completed his residency in thoracic and cardiovascular surgery at the Carolinas Heart Institute, Charlotte, N.C. He completed research fellowship in surgery, and a residency in general surgery at Tulane School of Medicine, where he was appointed chief resident of general surgery.

Access Health Care LLC, Pasco, Hernando and Citrus, announced that Pariksith Singh, M.D. was awarded the 2013 TiETaN of Healthcare Entrepreneurship Award by the Indus Entrepreneurs of Tampa Bay.

The Indus Entrepreneurs, or TiE, whose mission is to foster entrepreneurship globally through mentoring, networking, and education, was founded in 1992 in Silicon Valley by a group of successful entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and senior professionals in the Indus region. The organization has 11,000 members including more than 2,500 charters in 60 chapters across 17 countries. The Tampa Bay chapter was launched on Sept. 22, 2012.

Singh is the founder and current CEO of Access Health Care LLC, a multiservice medical practice consisting of more than 95 healthcare providers in more than 50 locations throughout Florida, Access II, Integral Healthcare, and Auroveda Operating Foundation LLC as well as numerous other entrepreneurial ventures.


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