Florida Hospital Tampa Donates Computers to Students at Dunbar Elementary Magnet School

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Florida Hospital Tampa is teaming up with Hillsborough County Public Schools to help advance technology in the classrooms at Dunbar Elementary.

Florida Hospital Tampa Donates Computers to Dunbar Students

This generous donation will provide a technology-rich educational environment for Dunbar Elementary students as they immerse themselves in the field of medical and science exploration.

Today, Florida Hospital Tampa donated twenty refurbished computers to students at Dunbar Elementary Magnet School to help advance technology in the classrooms. The mission at Dunbar Elementary school is to provide students with meaningful hands-on opportunities to explore medical sciences with a supportive and challenging environment while integrating math, science and technology. “This generous donation will provide a technology-rich educational environment for Dunbar Elementary students as they immerse themselves in the field of medical and science exploration,” says Superintendent MaryEllen Elia.

Florida Hospital Tampa partnered with Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS) to offer health educational programs and support to students. The partnership helps to implement programs providing education, support and development to the whole child and community at large, with a special emphasis on health-related initiatives and those events which include studying science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The partnership started in January of 2012 with the formal agreement signed on March 19, 2013, and will last until March 19, 2015. The cooperative educational program entitled, “Alliance to Benefit the Whole Child” will support a number of schools operated by HCPS. The schools include Boys Preparatory Academy at Franklin Middle Magnet School, Girls Preparatory Academy at Ferrell Middle Magnet School, Shaw Elementary School, Sligh Middle Magnet School, Dunbar Elementary Magnet School and Tampa Bay Technical High School, Robles Elementary School and Witter Elementary School.

“The partnership with Hillsborough County Public Schools is vitally important to Florida Hospital Tampa and its mission. The hospital’s commitment to the children and families of Hillsborough County will benefit the whole child. The hospital also provides outreach and education through mentorships, speakers, and teaching in the schools while serving the community by teaching healthy living and wellness. Florida Hospital Tampa also provides financial assistance, food drives, and physical manpower for projects” said Alan Schneider, Vice President of Supply Chain and Clinical Engineering.

During the year, students will have the chance to shadow Florida Hospital Tampa staff members during clinical rotations through Nursing, Radiology, and Surgery. Florida Hospital Tampa will also host a number of health and wellness programs and has delivered cases of water to students during FCAT testing, and participated in spring painting and gardening projects. “Our goal is to work with Hillsborough County Public Schools to create special events around studying science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), so we can ultimately inspire the next generation of health care providers,” said Lauren Key, Vice President of Marketing at Florida Hospital Tampa.

About Florida Hospital Tampa
Florida Hospital Tampa is a not-for-profit 475-bed tertiary hospital specializing in cardiovascular medicine, neuroscience, orthopaedics, women’s services, pediatrics, pulmonology, oncology, endocrinology, bariatrics, wound healing, sleep medicine and general surgery including minimally invasive and robotic-assisted procedures. Also located at Florida Hospital Tampa is the renowned Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute, a recognized leader in cardiovascular disease prevention, diagnosis, treatment and leading-edge research. Part of the Adventist Health System, Florida Hospital is a leading health network comprised of 23 hospitals throughout the state. For more information, visit http://www.FHTampa.org.

About Hillsborough County Public Schools
Hillsborough County Public Schools is the 8th largest school district in the nation, with more than 202,000 students, and a $2.8 billion budget. Educational opportunities include Head Start and adult education programs; and pre-k through 12th grade traditional schools, magnet schools, career centers, technical education, exceptional student education, single gender middle schools, International Baccalaureate schools, and charter schools. The district is fully accredited.

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