Business Digest Hodges offers forum on housing recovery 2009: April 28

Business Digest Hodges offers forum on housing recovery

April 28, 2009 Housing professionals, mortgage brokers, real estate agents, home appraisers and consumers have a chance to learn about the American Recovery and

Reinvestment Act of 2009 and what it means to the housing industry at a special event today at Hodges University, 501 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. The times are 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. today at Hodges. It will be repeated on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. at Collier County Library Headquarters, 2385 Orange Blossom Drive, Naples. Pre-registration is recommended but not required. Call 1-877-MY-FL-CFO (1-877-693-5236). Naples-based Health Management Associations Inc., on Monday reported net income of $46 million, or 19 cents a share, in the quarter ended March 31. For the same quarter a year ago, the company had reported net income of $133.3 million, or 55 cents a share, but those results included a $203.3 million gain on the sale of a 27 percent interest in seven hospitals to Novant Health.

"We are very excited about our results for the first quarter of 2009," HMA President and Chief Executive Officer Gary Newsome said in a company statement. "As a result of our implementing initiatives in emergency room operations, physician recruitment and service development, we believe the initial traction we witnessed in operating improvements during the fourth quarter of 2008 continued into the first quarter."

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