The Tampa Bay Lightning Spread Holiday Cheer to Patients at Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel

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Lightning players, Victor Hedman and Braydon Coburn took time off the ice to spread holiday cheer to patients at Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel.

Lightning Players Visit Patients at Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel

It’s always great to try and bring cheer to someone’s day when they may be going through a tough time, especially during the holidays.

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman and Braydon Coburn took time off the ice to spread holiday cheer to patients at Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel on Monday, December 21. The players visited patients in the hospital and families in the emergency department waiting room. They took photos and signed autographs.

“No one wants to be sick… especially during the holidays. It was wonderful to see the joy on the faces of our patients and visitors when the players visited them,” said Tracy Clouser, Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel Director of Marketing.

“We really enjoyed the visit to Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel,” Hedman said. “It’s always great to try and bring cheer to someone’s day when they may be going through a tough time, especially during the holidays. Hopefully we’ll get the chance to visit again soon.”

Florida Hospital is the Presenting Sponsor of the 2015-16 Lightning season and the Official Health and Wellness Partner of the Lightning. Florida Hospital has been a sponsorship partner since 2011, and it is also the official healthcare provider of the Tampa Bay Storm. Florida Hospital will present Heart Health Awareness night as the Tampa Bay Lightning take on the St. Louis Blues on February 14, 2016 to coincide with American Heart Month. Florida Hospital is also a major sponsor of the Lightning’s annual Bolt Run. The two organizations are committed to partnering on additional health and wellness initiatives throughout the year.

Florida Hospital and Tampa Bay Lightning Key Dates:
February 14, 2016 - Heart Health Awareness Night
March 26, 2016 – Bolt Run

Florida Hospital West Florida Region
The Florida Hospital West Florida Region is a not- for- profit 1,275-bed hospital system composed of Florida Hospital Tampa/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 22 hospitals throughout the state. For more information, visit 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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