Tampa Bay Buccaneers Players, Captain Fear and Cheerleaders Visit Florida Hospital Tampa to Spread Holiday Cheer to Patients

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Today, Bucs players Keith Tandy and Ka’lial Glaud visited pediatric patients and patients recovering on the rehabilitation unit at Florida Hospital Tampa.

Tampa Bay Bucs Players, Cheerleaders and Captain Fear visit Florida Hospital Tampa

It's a great feeling when you can make a positive impact on someone by simply stopping by and signing an autograph or providing words of encouragement

As the exclusive hospital of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Florida Hospital thanks the Tampa Bay Buccaneer players, safety Keith Tandy and linebacker Ka’lial Glaud for visiting patients and their families at Florida Hospital Tampa. Today, along with Captain Fear and Bucs Cheerleaders, patients had the chance to pose for pictures and receive autographs from the NFL players.

“It’s tough to be in the hospital anytime, especially around the holidays. It means the world to families here and patients to get a chance to meet the football players and cheerleaders. We appreciate them taking time out of their busy schedules to brighten someone else's day,” said Sandra L. Sweet RNC-BSN, Florida Hospital Tampa’s Nurse Manager Pediatrics & PICU.

Florida Hospital and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers joined forces September of 2013, by announcing a partnership focused on improving the health and wellness of the Tampa Bay community. Florida Hospital, which operates 23 hospitals across the state, is the exclusive hospital of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

“It’s a great feeling when you can make a positive impact on someone by simply stopping by and signing an autograph or providing words of encouragement during their recovery. Having a chance to come and interact with these patients and bring a smile to their faces during this holiday season is a rewarding experience. If we can provide just a little extra comfort during their time away from home, then we’ve done our job,” said Buccaneers Safety, Keith Tandy.

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, 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.

Florida Hospital West Florida Region
The Florida Hospital West Florida Region is a not- for- profit 1,257-bed hospital system composed of Florida Hospital Tampa, Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute, Florida Hospital Carrollwood, Florida Hospital at Connerton Long Term Acute Care, Florida Hospital Zephyrhills, Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, Florida Hospital North Pinellas, Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center Sebring, Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center Lake Placid and Florida Hospital Wauchula. Part of the Adventist Health System, Florida Hospital is a leading health network comprised of 23 hospitals throughout the state. For more information, visit FloridaHosptial.com.

About The Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers play an active role in youth development through a variety of health and education initiatives supported by players, coaches, cheerleaders and staff. With an increased emphasis on youth health and wellness, the Buccaneers' PLAY 60 Challenge and BUCS CARE SCHOOL initiative help teach students the importance of education, nutrition and exercise, renewing the team's commitment to support youth charitable causes throughout the Bay Area. To learn more about how the Buccaneers make a difference in the community, visit http://www.buccaneers.com/community.

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