• PGT Innovationswindow and door manufacturer in Venice, recently celebrated its first class of graduates from its new commercial driver license driver certification training program.
PGT Innovations has responded to the current shortage of CDL drivers by creating its own in-house driver certification training course for its existing employees.
PGT Innovations brought in instructors from FleetForce Truck Driving School to lead the course. Team members completed a full week of classroom learning at PGT Innovations’ Venice campus, followed by three weeks of driving lessons in a controlled parking lot.
All eight employees who completed the training program passed their certification exams. Over the next year, they will partner with a currently trained CDL driver to learn at a progressive pace.
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• Sarasota Memorial Hospital was recognized as one of the most wired hospitals in the world for 2021.
SMH ranked in the 98th percentile of healthcare facilities in the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives’ annual Digital Health “Most Wired” program for advancing a wide range of digital health technologies that enable interactions and better and safer care with patients.
More than 36,500 acute care, ambulatory, long-term care, and international acute care facilities were represented in the CHIME 2021 survey. Of 2,286 participating acute care facilities nationwide, Sarasota Memorial was among the five Florida hospitals and less than 100 to achieve the highest certification (levels 9 and 10).
This is the third year that CHIME has conducted the survey and the third time that SMH has received top honors. SMH Chief Information Officer Pam Ramhofer credits the continued support of the hospital’s publicly elected board and leadership team for investing in new technologies and empowering staff to adapt and innovate.
Some of the leading technologies used by SMH to achieve these results include telehealth programs, point-of-care data access, and digital tools to engage patients and families throughout the care process.
• Harry E. Robbins Associates, Inc. helps bring pickleball to the Lakewood Ranch area. In partnership with the Pickleball Club, Loyd Robbins facilitated the acquisition of 2.5 acres east of Sarasota where indoor pickleball courts will be constructed.
On September 22, more than 100 people, comprised of interested residents and invested organizations, gathered at the groundbreaking event at the site, just east of Interstate 75 and Fruitville Road.
Brian McCarthy, the site’s development manager and investor, found that there had been a 20% increase in the number of active pickleball players in the country over the past year. People aged 45 and over represent around 50% of this population and a surprising 23% is made up of 18 and 24 year olds. There is an unmet need for indoor courts.
Upon completion, expected in the spring of 2022, the new building will occupy 34,000 square feet and accommodate 600 members. In addition to 12 indoor courts, the facility will include a pro shop, cafe and lounge area.
• Realty Partners LLC, the company owned by the agentmade the INC annual list. 5000 for the second consecutive year.
The Inc. 5000 list includes the fastest growing private companies in the United States and has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies in the fastest growing segment of the US economy, its independent small businesses.
Full results from the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region and other criteria, are available at https://www.inc.com/inc5000.
Sarasota-based Realty Partners is a technology-driven virtual brokerage and the first truly agent-owned real estate company. It has operations all over Florida.