Citrus Memorial Hospital March 15, 2019

Inverness, FL - Citrus Memorial Hospital today announced it had been named a Florida Unique Abilities Partner. The program - an initiative led by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity - recognizes businesses that are committed to providing career and financial opportunities to individuals with unique abilities and to assisting organizations that support them. Citrus Memorial Hospital is the first hospital in the state to receive the distinction.

According to Ken Lawson, executive director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Florida Unique Abilities Partners demonstrate a dedication to strengthening communities and the economy by helping Floridians with untapped talents become more independent. "Citrus Memorial Hospital is to be commended for its contributions," he said. "The designation as a Unique Abilities Partner is a tremendous opportunity for both the state and local community to recognize efforts the hospital has made in helping Floridians with unique abilities. We appreciate all that you are doing!"

In order to be eligible for the program, a business must:

  • Employ at least one person with a disability
  • Provide contributions to programs that serve individuals with unique abilities. For businesses with more than 100 employees, the contribution must be at least $5,000
  • Contribute to the establishment of a program that helps individuals with unique abilities to achieve independence.

"When we say our mission is to improve the health and quality of life of our community members, that extends to all residents," said Citrus Memorial Hospital CEO Ralph Aleman. "Our partnership with the Key Training Center has allowed us to provide independence for residents with developmental disabilities through meaningful work and volunteer opportunities. In turn, we have been blessed with employees who make significant contributions as part of our diverse workforce."

To learn more about the Florida Unique Abilities Partner program, visit Florida Unique Abilities.