BUSINESS BRIEFS: Humana hiring 100 nurses and health coaches across Tampa Bay region

April 10, 2013 

Humana Inc. is set to expand its work force with 100 new positions over the next six months, the company announced Tuesday.

Hiring will begin immediately for the 100 new health care jobs, which will be primarily telephonic nurses and health coaches based in the Tampa Bay area.

Most of the new positions are located at the company's 75,000-square-foot national care center in St. Petersburg. However, some positions include a work-at-home option after an initial training period.

Over the next six months, Humana Cares also will renovate its national care center, adding about 8,000 square feet of office space, to accommodate an additional 475 associates.

Last year, Humana acquired SeniorBridge, a national care management and homecare organization, and created a combined Humana Cares/SeniorBridge organization.

"Humana Cares/SeniorBridge responds to the clear need for highly trained advocates to help individuals at risk for multiple hospitalizations to navigate the complexities of their care with a highly personalized approach," said Humana Cares/SeniorBridge President Eric C. Rackow, M.D.

"We believe our expanded team of nurses, social workers and health coaches will improve health literacy, quality of life and care of individuals who need the most support."

Humana Cares/SeniorBridge is a care management and homecare organization specializing in supporting people with complex chronic conditions and functional limitations.

The organization's 1,000 telephonic care managers, 3,500 field care managers 3,000 certified home health aides provide services in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.

For more information about the new positions at Humana Cares/SeniorBridge or to apply online, please visit

Gateway Bank and its employees recognized

Gateway Bank of Southwest Florida was recently awarded the 2012 President's Volunteer Service Gold Award for its contributions in the community. In addition, 10 Gateway Bank employees received individual service recognition.

The President's Volunteer Service Award was created by the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation to encourage more people to serve their communities. A record of annual volunteer service hours is submitted, and the number of hours logged determines the award level (gold, silver or bronze). Award recipients receive an official President's Volunteer Service Award lapel pin; a personalized certificate of achievement; and a congratulatory letter from President Barack Obama.

Michael Feduccia, vice president and financial advisor and president of Manasota BUDS (Bring

ing Up Down Syndrome), earned a silver award for 253 hours of community service in 2012. Shaun P. Merriman, president and CEO, also earned a silver award for 418 service hours in 2012

Jamie Jones, assistant VP and credit analyst, achieved bronze recognition with 104 service hours. Susie Kruse, VP and banking center manager, logged 100 hours and earned the bronze award.

Rick Zimmerman, SVP and private wealth manager, was awarded bronze recognition with 122 service hours. Jordan Hallam, VP and commercial loan officer, received the bronze award with 100 service hours. Monica Miller, bank officer and marketing manager, achieved bronze recognition by logging 103 hours. Renee Brady, VP and private banking officer, who logged 109 hours for the bronze award. Cindy Denison, VP and consumer banking manager, logged 100 hours, for the bronze award. Dennis Murphy, SVP and senior loan officer, logged 103 hours and earned the bronze award.

For more information about how to qualify for the President's Volunteer Service Award and to find out how to identify volunteer opportunities in this area, visit or call 1-866-545-5307.

Commercial real estate auction set in Sarasota

SARASOTA -- Ian Black Real Estate and Auction World USA will auction off 17 commercial real estate properties in Sarasota today.

Registration for buyers who want to attend the auction will be at new event facility on Palm Avenue, The Francis, at noon.

The auction will begin at 1 p.m. at The Francis, 1289 W. Palm Avenue.

-- Herald staff reports

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