Blake hires new COO from Sarasota hospital

June 24, 2014 

BRADENTON -- Blake Medical Center has hired the chief operating officer from Doctors Hospital in Sarasota to lead its operations here.

Blake appointed Valerie Powell-Stafford to be its new COO. In her position, she will oversee all the day-to-day operations at the hospital.

Powell-Stafford has a varied background in hospital and physician practice operations and worked as the COO at Doctors Hospital since 2009.

Powell-Stafford received her master's degree in health care administration from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and her bachelor's degree from Indiana University. She is board certified in health care management as an American College of Healthcare executives fellow. She has also served as a board member of the Sarasota/Manatee American Heart Association.

NDC Construction to build fire station replacement

BRADENTON -- NDC Construction Co. will build a replacement station for the West Manatee Fire district.

The West Manatee Fire District & Rescue District Station No. 4 will be at 407 67th St. W., Bradenton.

The new fire station's coverage area will be about 18 square miles, including the cities of Anna Maria, Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach as well as the unincorporated areas of Cortez, Tidy Island, Palma Sola, West and Northwest Bradenton.

NDC Construction Co. has contracted with Wannamacher/Jensen Architects Inc. of St. Petersburg to handle the design. Allison/Gause Inc. of Bradenton will do the engineering for the project.

Agency to tout services at Patriot Plaza dedication

BRADENTON -- CareerSource Suncoast will showcase its employment programs for veterans prior to and following the dedication ceremony of Patriot Plaza, a 2,800-seat amphitheater, on Saturday.

CareerSource Suncoast assists veterans with tools, resources and support services designed to help them gain employment. Veteran representatives are available to offer career solutions, such as identifying transferable skills that they acquired in the military and converting them into skills desired by local employers.

Designed, constructed and fully funded by the Patterson Foundation, Patriot Plaza features significant art installations that will honor veterans and their families for generations to come. The dedication is sold out.

FDA outlines policy to regulate nanotechnology

WASHINGTON -- Federal regulators want to hear from companies using engineered micro-particles in their products, part of an effort to stay abreast of the growing field of nanotechnology.

The Food and Drug Administration issued final recommendations Tuesday

for companies using nanotechnology in products regulated by the government, which can include medical therapies, food and cosmetics. FDA regulators want companies to consult with the government before launching nanotechnology products, though the decision will essentially rest with manufacturers.

The guidelines don't make a judgment on the overall safety of nanotechnology or even define the term.

Industry groups generally consider nanoparticles as those less than 100 nanometers wide. A nanometer is one billionth of a meter. A human hair, for example, is 80,000 nanometers thick, while the edge of a sheet of paper is 100,000 nanometers.

-- Herald staff and wire reports

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