Florida Hospital Secures Slot as the Presenting Sponsor of the 2015 Tampa Bay Lightning Stanley Cup Playoffs

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The “Rolling Thunder” will be skating through and hosting “Be the Thunder” pep rallies as the Lightning visit five Tampa Bay-area Florida Hospitals on Tuesday, April 14th.

We are thrilled that Florida Hospital has elected to join with us as our presenting sponsor in that pursuit.

Florida Hospital is proud to be the Presenting Sponsor of the Tampa Bay Lightning 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs and will host “Be the Thunder” pep rallies at five Tampa Bay area Florida Hospital locations on Tuesday, April 14, 2015. Florida Hospital is also the Presenting Sponsor of the 2014-15 and 2015-16 Lightning seasons and the Official Health and Wellness Partner of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Florida Hospital has been a sponsor and community partner of the Lightning since 2011, and together, the two organizations are committed to partnering on health and wellness initiatives throughout the year.

“We are proud to support the Tampa Bay Lightning as they work hard in pursuit of the Stanley Cup, and we wish them the best of luck! It’s an exciting time for the Bolts…while their goal is to secure the coveted Stanley Cup, our goal is to keep the true blue Lightning fans and Tampa Bay community healthy and strong all year long,” said Lauren Key, Vice President of Marketing, Florida Hospital West Florida Region.

The Tampa Bay Lightning alumni, cheerleaders and ThunderBug will be visiting five Florida Hospitals on Tuesday April 14th. The Lightning and rolling thunder will make stops at:

  •     Florida Hospital Tampa | 7:30am – 9:00am
  •     Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel | 10:00am- 11:00am
  •     Florida Hospital Zephyrhills | 12:00pm- 1:00pm
  •     Florida Hospital Carrollwood | 2:00pm- 3:00pm
  •     Florida Hospital North Pinellas | 4:30pm-5:30pm

As the Official Health and Wellness Partner of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Florida Hospital provides a platform for health and wellness inside and outside of the arena. During the regular season, Florida Hospital educated fans on heart health and breast cancer awareness as health and early detection are instrumental to Florida Hospital’s goal of making the Tampa Bay community one of the healthiest in the country.

Helping people heal is an important part of the Florida Hospital mission, as evidenced by a new heartwarming series titled “Celebrate Life” where members of the community who have been positively impacted by the care received at Florida Hospital share their stories and celebrate life with the Bolts team and fans. Learn more about the Florida Hospital and Tampa Bay Lightning partnership at http://www.YourHealthOurGoal.com

“Florida Hospital and each of its team members have been great to the Lightning during the four years of our partnership,” said Steve Griggs, President of the Lightning and Amalie Arena. “From a sponsorship activation standpoint, we could not ask for anything more and as our players and fans come together in our pursuit of the 2015 Stanley Cup, we are thrilled that Florida Hospital has elected to join with us as our presenting sponsor in that pursuit.”

The Tampa Bay Lightning is currently selling single-game tickets for home games during the Eastern Conference Quarter-Finals of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. There could be a maximum of four games played at the Amalie Arena depending on final seeding. The Lightning’s playoff schedule was announced on Sunday, April 12 and the first home game is Thursday April 16th. Fans can purchase tickets at Amalie Arena, on http://www.tampabaylightning.com/tickets or by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000.

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 North Pinellas, Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, Florida Hospital Zephyrhills, 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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