Florida Hospital Teams up with The Tampa Bay Lightning to Raise Awareness about Heart Health in Honor of American Heart Month

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Florida Hospital, the team’s Official Health and Wellness Partner and the Official Health Care Provider of the Tampa Bay Storm, will give an “all arena tribute” to celebrate the hearts saved by Florida Hospital in the last 12 months.

Lightning Head Coach, Jon Cooper, featured in Florida Hospital's Bolts commercial. To see the commercial: YourHealthOurGoal.com

It’s exciting to have Florida Hospital as a presenting sponsor not just this season, but the following one as well.

February is American Heart Month and Florida Hospital is teaming up with the Tampa Bay Lightning to raise awareness about heart health on Saturday, February 7th. The puck drops at 5:00pm at the Amalie Arena as the Bolts “face-off” against the defending Stanley Cup Champion LA Kings. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. According to the CDC, heart disease claims more lives every year than all cancers combined and annually one in every four deaths is related to heart disease. Florida Hospital is at the forefront of prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart disease, utilizing groundbreaking research and leading edge medicine.

“We know that education and prevention are key components in the fight to save lives. Florida Hospital is leading the way and continuing to expand our cardiovascular program by offering the very latest in minimally invasive procedures, clinical trials and research right here in Tampa Bay,” said Dr. Charles Lambert, Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute Medical Director.

Lightning Head Coach Jon Cooper, along with the Lightning staff will wear red ties in support of Heart Health Awareness night. Additionally, Sun Sports on-air talent Rick Peckham and Chris Dingman will also wear red ties while they interview Cardiologist Dr. James Smith, during the game’s telecast. The Florida Hospital team will also educate fans about simple ways to improve cardiovascular health as well as give “I heart Bolts” t-shirts away to the first 10,000 fans. Florida Hospital will feature public service announcements and also reveal the number of hearts Florida Hospital saved in the last 12 months by creating an all-arena heart tribute during the first period intermission. Plus, on heart health awareness night, four lucky fans will have a chance to win a team signed red Bolts jersey.

“We believe partnering with Florida Hospital to educate fans about heart health is critical to helping save lives, especially since cardiovascular disease is still the number one killer of men and women in the U.S. It’s exciting to have Florida Hospital as a presenting sponsor not just this season, but the following one as well. On behalf of the entire Lightning organization I’d like to thank Florida Hospital for their continued support,” said Lightning President Steve Griggs.

Florida Hospital is the presenting sponsor of the 2014-2015 and 2015-16 seasons, as well as the team’s official health and wellness sponsor. Florida Hospital will also be the associate sponsor of the Lightning’s annual Bolt Run on March 14, 2015. During six Tampa Bay Lightning home games, this season Florida Hospital will feature a heartwarming series titled “Celebrate Life.” This series highlights special members of the community who have been positively impacted by the care received at Florida Hospital. During the February 7th game a patient whose life was saved by the Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute will be honored. If you would like to learn more about the Florida Hospital and Tampa Bay Lightning partnership visit: YourHealthOurGoal.com

About Florida Hospital West Florida Region
The Florida Hospital West Florida Region is a not-for-profit 1,257-bed hospital system composed of 9 hospitals including 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 http://www.FloridaHospital.com.

About Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment, LLC
The 2004 Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning and the leasehold rights to Amalie Arena were purchased by an entity controlled by Jeffrey Vinik in March, 2010. Shortly thereafter, Vinik also purchased the Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena Football League. Since acquiring these assets, Vinik has spearheaded a complete brand and business transformation of the teams and the arena under the banner of Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment, LLC. The Lightning advanced to the Eastern Conference Final of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2011 and Amalie Arena received a $42 million renovation later that summer. The following summer the organization announced plans to install a new center-hung scoreboard, larger than any other arena in the United States and Canada. Under the new ownership and management group, the fans have responded, more than doubling the team’s season ticket base. Vinik and the rest of his management team continue to move the organization forward with eyes on success on the ice as well as a world class organization off of it.

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