Florida Hospital is Proud to Help Support the 2016 Tampa Bay Heart Walk

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Florida Hospital raised more than $116,300 dollars and had an estimated 1,620 employees participate in this year’s big event hosted by the American Heart Association.

Florida Hospital Employees who participated in the 2016 Tampa Bay Heart Walk

Florida Hospital is at the forefront of prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of heart disease by utilizing groundbreaking research and leading edge medicine.

Florida Hospital is proud to support the American Heart Association’s biggest event of the year, the Tampa Bay Heart Walk, helping to raise more than $116,300 dollars. The walk took place Saturday, November 12th at Raymond James Stadium. According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the No. 1 killer of all Americans and someone dies from the disease every 39 seconds. Heart disease kills more women than all forms of cancer combined and cardiovascular defects are the most common cause of infant death from birth defects.

Florida Hospital is determined to help raise awareness and encourages the Tampa Bay community to become more knowledgeable about this prevalent disease. By promoting and participating in this important cause and event, Florida Hospital hoped to inspire Tampa Bay to put their heart health at the top of mind.

“Florida Hospital is proud to sponsor the Tampa Bay Heart Walk. Millions of Americans live with heart disease. We know that education and prevention are key components in the fight to save lives from cardiovascular disease. Florida Hospital is at the forefront of prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of heart disease by utilizing groundbreaking research and leading edge medicine. We share the American Heart Association’s goal to help build healthier lives,” said Mike Schultz, President & CEO Florida Hospital West Florida Region.

The American Heart Association counted 35,000 people who came together for the Tampa Bay Heart Walk, raising a total of $3.6 million! Participants had a chance to explore Florida Hospital’s Mega Heart, which is a life sized inflatable and interactive heart exhibit that gives guests a firsthand look into how one’s heart functions.

For more information, please visit http://www.tampabayheartwalk.org

About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Florida Hospital West Florida Region
The Florida Hospital West Florida Region is a not‐for‐profit 1,295‐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 26 hospitals throughout the state. For more information, visit FloridaHospital.com.

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