Florida Hospital Patients Score a Visit with the Lightning "Originals"

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Members of the very first Tampa Bay Lightning hockey team skated into town and helped brighten the day for patients as part of the season’s 25th Anniversary celebration

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“Hosting the players at our hospital to visit with patients and guests is a great example of one of the ways we bring our partnership to life,” said Brian Adams, President and CEO, Florida Hospital Tampa.

Four legendary Tampa Bay Lightning players stopped in at Florida Hospital Tampa Friday, October 13, 2017 to visit with patients. They delivered handshakes, smiles and of course, autographs.

The players stopping in were: Former Team Captain (1998) Rob Zamuner, Steve Maltais, Left wing, Joe Reekie, Defense and Peter Taglianetti, Defense.

The group surprised patients and staff in three areas: the Pediatric Emergency Room, in patient Pediatrics, and the Mom/Baby Unit at Florida Hospital Tampa.

“We are very excited to visit our great friends at Florida Hospital as we kick off the celebration of the Lightning’s inaugural team from 1992-93,” original member Rob Zamuner said. “I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the Lightning’s 25th anniversary season than by giving back to the community that’s been so good to us.”

“We are proud of our long-standing relationship with the Lightning,” said Brian Adams, President and CEO of Florida Hospital Tampa. “Hosting the players at our hospital to visit with patients and guests is a great example of one of the ways we bring our partnership to life,” he continued.

One pediatric patient was especially thrilled to meet the players, and even had her Lightning jersey on while she was in the hospital. A new dad the players greeted said, “This is the best day of my life!” (Yes, he just had a son who, by the way, happened to watch the Lightning game the night before in his Lightning onesie!)

As part of the 25th Anniversary season, the players were also recognized at a game and participated in a Fan Event.

Florida Hospital is a Championship Level Partner of the Lightning, Presenting Sponsor of the 25th Anniversary Season, and Official Health and Wellness Partner of the Lightning.

About Florida Hospital Tampa
Florida Hospital Tampa is a not-for-profit 527-bed tertiary hospital specializing in Digestive Health, Cardiovascular Medicine, Neuroscience, Orthopedics, Women’s Services, Pediatrics, Oncology, Endocrinology, Bariatrics, Wound Healing, Sleep Medicine and General Surgery, including minimally invasive and robotic-assisted procedures. Also located at Florida Hospital Tampa is the renowned Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute, a recognized leader in cardiovascular disease prevention, diagnosis, treatment and leading-edge research. The recent addition of the Doc1st ER shows that Florida Hospital Tampa is committed to providing compassionate and quality healthcare. Part of the Adventist Health System, Florida Hospital is a leading health network comprised of 26 hospitals throughout the state. For more information, visit http://www.FHTampa.org

About Florida Hospital, West Florida Division of Adventist Health System
Florida Hospital, the West Florida Division of Adventist Health System, is a not-for-profit 1,295-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. It also includes a free-standing ER in Palm Harbor. 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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