May 19, 2022


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Business news in Marion County

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HCA Florida Ocala Hospital recognized

Healthgrades has given HCA Florida Ocala Hospital a 2022 Patient Safety Excellence Award.

“This distinction places HCA Florida Ocala Hospital among the top 5% of all short-term acute care hospitals as evaluated by Healthgrades, the leading marketplace connecting patients and providers,” the hospital said in a news release.

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55 and older and need a job? Check here

The nonprofit Senior Resource Foundation of Ocala announces a new program: Seniors At Work.

“This program is looking for anyone 55 and older who is interested in applying for part-

time employment. The SRFofOcala will be posting up-to-date job openings on both our website ( and social media every week,” the group said in a news release.

“SRFofOcala is also seeking companies looking for older individuals who demonstrate

attributes including dependability, loyalty, adaptability, leadership and a broad knowledge base,” the release says.

UF vet school appoints two associate deans with Marion County duties

The University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine has appointed two new associate deans for clinical services, and both will have Marion County responsibilities, according to a college news release.

Dr. Michael Mison and Dr.Chris Sanchez

Michael Mison, D.V.M., associate dean for clinical services for small animal operations, will be responsible for the UF Pet Emergency Treatment Services in Ocala, among other areas.

Chris Sanchez, D.V.M., Ph.D., will become associate dean for clinical services for large animal operations, with duties including the UF Veterinary Hospital at the World Equestrian Center.

HCA Florida Ocala Hospital names Isaiah Zirkle as COO

HCA Florida Ocala Hospital has named Isaiah Zirkle as its chief operating officer.

Isaiah Zirkle

He most recently served in that same capacity at HCA Healthcare’s West Hills Hospital & Medical Center in West Hills, California, according to an HCA news release.

Ocala-based HDG Hotels expands its reach

Ocala-based HDG Hotels has expanded its third-party hotel management operation to South Carolina, where it now manages four properties.

“Third party management now represents one-third of HDG’s portfolio, and subscription to its a la carte consultative and comprehensive services continues to gain momentum,” HDG said in a news release.

“HDG is intentional about our growth and partnerships. The addition of these four hotels in the South Carolina market speaks volumes of our readiness and confidence in executing our standards of excellence at hotels in which we have ownership and also on behalf of hotels we are entrusted to manage,” Azim Saju, CEO and president of HDG Hotels, said in prepared remarks.

Jasmine Jacobs promoted at The Villages Insurance Partners

At The Villages Insurance Partners, Jasmine Jacobs has been promoted to personal lines risk consultant, according to an agency news release.

“Jacobs began her insurance career with TVIP as a receptionist in December 2019, later receiving her 2-20 Personal Lines insurance license leading her to the Client Relations Analyst role and, finally, her newest role as Risk Consultant,” the release says.

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