Board to wait for lawsuit, Legislature to pass medical marijuana policy

The Citrus County Commission will wait until a lawsuit over medical marijuana winds its way through the courts, and for the state Legislature to make up its mind before the county passes an ordinance governing the dispensing of the substance.

The board had before it a draft ordinance that would spell out where medical marijuana dispensaries would be located in the county, among other restrictions.

Seven Rivers' CEO Brancato to retire

Joyce Brancato, CEO of Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center.

Joyce Brancato, chief executive officer of Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center, has announced that she will retire on Aug. 5 after 30 years at the hospital.

Brancato first joined the hospital on that date in 1985 as a night shift charge nurse in the intensive care unit. Over the succeeding years, she served in a number of roles across the organization including quality coordinator and risk manager.

New doctor joins SRRMC staff

Michele-Trang Thi Ho, MD

CRYSTAL RIVER -- On June 15, Michele-Trang Thi Ho, MD, was appointed to the medical staff at Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center.

Dr. Ho specializes in internal medicine.

Dr. Ho is a graduate of Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, D.C. She completed her internal medicine residency at Moses Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro, NC. Dr. Ho is board eligible in internal medicine.

For more information about the hospital and its medical staff, visit

Seven Rivers Regional names Employee of Year

Susan Brooks, LPN, the SRRMC 2013 Employee of the Year

Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center has named Susan Brooks, LPN, as 2013 Employee of the Year.

This award is the highest honor bestowed on a hospital employee each year. Susan was chosen from among 460 employees for the honor.

Adams blasts County Road 491 corridor plan

Citrus County Commissioner Scott Adams

Citrus County Commissioner Scott Adams on Tuesday blasted the 491 Medical Corridor plan.

Adams has been a vocal opponent of the project since he came to office, and Tuesday's meeting was a continued protest of the project to both fellow commissioners and the public attending the meeting.

Budget-deal logic, post-budget update

This week, I wanted to explain the budget deal that passed, why I opposed it, and what’s happening now to undo part of it.

In short, one of the central cost-saving components of the budget deal was a proposal to cut the annual cost-of-living-adjustment (COLA) for military retirees under age 62.

The new plan would call for a revised COLA formula of inflation, minus one percent.  The whole point of a cost of living adjustment is to keep up with inflation.

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