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Hernando Hero: Jason Pinner

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This Spring Hill resident is an eight-year employee of the Tampa General Hospital (TGH), Spring Hill system (formerly Bravera Health) and presently serves as director of plant operations at TGH Spring Hill. He is a devoted family man, the father of a young son named Bradley and fiance to Megan Torres, who nominated him for The Hernando Sun’s Hernando Hero honor. He leads and inspires countless young people as a devoted sports coach to kids of all ages.

“Jason is a hard-working, selfless individual who goes above and beyond for his community. He is dedicated to his job as the director of operations at [TGH Spring Hill] in Hernando County. Jason strives to make this hospital the best working environment for his staff and strives at making it the best facility for healthcare,” said Torres, who nominated Pinner for the Hernando Hero honor. “When he is not hustling to keep up with the maintenance and day-to-day operations at the hospital, Jason is at Lecanto High School as an assistant coach of the Varsity baseball team and at the Tee-ball field with his four-year-old’s baseball team.” She said that he goes above and beyond to help mold the young men at the high school into not only ball players but also young adults as they grow throughout their four years on the field with him. “Jason’s love for the game of baseball has ventured him into now teaching the basics of the game to the youngest ball players in our community,” she explained.

So what drives Pinner, a native of the Westchester area in Maryland who moved to Florida about ten years ago, to help and serve so many? “It’s all about helping people,” said Pinner. “It’s all about doing everything to make a difference for people and the community.”

Pinner’s healthcare career began with job roles as a volunteer firefighter and EMT in Maryland. Then, his emerging interest in the technical field inspired him to earn HVAC certifications in the electrical, business and mechanical categories–which in turn inspired him to enter the technological side of the medical industry. “As director of plant operations, I feel I can make a real difference in patient care,” he said. “My workers help me to regulate the electric, air conditioning and oxygen—every facet of the hospital’s operation.”

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For the duration of his career in the medical field, Pinner has always enjoyed the rewarding experience of patient interaction.
“I love being able to touch the lives of patients, their family members, and hospital employees,” he said. “It’s always a team effort for us to provide them with whatever they need.”

During his off hours, Pinner also touches the lives of young people by coaching sports teams throughout Hernando and Citrus counties–including his own son’s tee-ball team. “From children my son’s age to kids in high school,” he said, “I love to mentor and help develop young hearts.”

As a coach, Pinner finds that he has the ability to touch players’ lives, even away from the sports field, counseling them in regard to their options regarding school, college and careers. “They stay in touch,” he said, “It’s more than worth it to give up my nights and weekends if I can make a difference in the lives of these kids.”

Pinner also makes a difference at home as a father and husband-to-be. “This man is nothing but amazing at work, at home, and in life,” said Torres. “In my opinion, Jason is the perfect example of a community hero.”

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Megan Hussey
Megan Hussey
Megan Hussey is a features journalist and author who is the winner of Florida Press Association honors and a certificate of appreciation from LINCS (Family Support Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention Task Force) and Sunrise Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center for her newspaper coverage of these issues. She graduated cum laude from Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., with a journalism major and English/sociology minor, and previously wrote for publications that include the Pasco editions of The Tampa Tribune and Tampa Bay Times. A native of Indiana, she lives in Florida.
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