Florida Hospital Is Kicking off the 2015 Season as the Exclusive Health Care Provider for the Tampa Bay Storm

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Florida Hospital is the Arena Football League (AFL) team’s exclusive health care provider and will host a local high school athlete training session for 12 students.

This partnership is extremely important to us as it gives us the opportunity, to provide health and wellness education to the community and extend our efforts to local high school athletes.

Florida Hospital is excited to continue its partnership with the Tampa Bay Storm as the team’s exclusive health care provider for the 2015 and 2016 season. As the Storm’s exclusive health care provider, Florida Hospital provides medical care and an athletic trainer for the team throughout each season. Tonight, the Tampa Bay Storm will kick off its season against the Cleveland Gladiators at Amalie Arena; the game starts at 7:30pm.

“This partnership is extremely important to us as it gives us the opportunity, to provide health and wellness education to the community and extend our efforts to local high school athletes. Together, we are committed to the health and wellness of the Storm players and the Tampa Bay community, both on and off the field,” said Mike Schultz, Florida Hospital West Florida Region, President and CEO.

During the season, Florida Hospital will host a local high school football athletes training session for 12 lucky players with Tampa Bay Storm President, Derrick Brooks, a former Tampa Bay Buccaneers team captain and linebacker who was recently inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The contest includes high school athletes who received a physical from Dr. Jonathan Phillips, the official team physician of the Tampa Bay Storm and the Director of Sports Medicine at Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel. The winners will also receive a Tampa Bay Storm prize pack that includes tickets to a regular season Storm game in the executive suite. In addition, one grand prize contestant winner will also receive a tour of the facility prior to the Storm game during the season as well as a Tampa Bay Storm jersey.

“Florida Hospital is one of the largest health care systems in the state of Florida. The organization is committed to the Tampa Bay community, and we are proud to have them as the exclusive health care provider of the Tampa Bay Storm,” said Storm President Derrick Brooks.

Florida Hospital will be the presenting partner of the Storm’s post-game autograph sessions during all season home games as well as the presenting sponsor of the Storm’s final regular season game on August 1, 2015 when the Tampa Bay Storm will play the Los Angles KISS.

Florida Hospital is the presenting sponsor of the 2014-2015 and 2015-16 Tampa Bay Lightning regular seasons, the presenting sponsor of the Lightning Stanley Cup Playoff in 2015, and the official health and wellness sponsor of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Florida Hospital launched a heartwarming series titled “Celebrate Life” with the Lightning featuring special members of the community who have been positively impacted by the care received at Florida Hospital. Learn more about the Florida Hospital and Tampa Bay Lightning partnership at http://www.YourHealthOurGoal.com

Florida Hospital has developed community partnerships with professional sports teams across the state that focus on improving the health and wellness of sports fans. Currently Florida Hospital has partnerships with the NBA (Orlando Magic), NFL (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), NHL (Tampa Bay Lightning), AFL (Tampa Bay Storm), ECHL (Orlando Solar Bears) and just announced a new partnership with the Daytona International Speedway.

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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