Florida Hospital and the Tampa Bay Lightning “Buddy Up” for Pediatric Health Night

TAMPA, Fla., March 16, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Florida Hospital and the Tampa Bay Lightning will "buddy up" and host the second annual Pediatric Health Night on Sunday, March 18th, when the Tampa Bay Lightning take on the Edmonton Oilers. The puck drops at 5:00 p.m. at AMALIE Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa, FL.

Once again, commemorative co-branded Florida Hospital and Tampa Bay Lightning Buddy Bears will be handed out to fans at the game in the Florida Hospital Quad, Section 128. For every bear given away, a Florida Hospital Buddy Bear will be delivered to a Florida Hospital pediatric patient along with a hand-written note of encouragement from Lightning fans. This year, Florida Hospital is announcing the expansion of its Buddy Bear Program. Florida Hospital Buddy Bears can now be purchased year-round for $25 a bear, and for every Florida Hospital Buddy Bear sold, a bear will be delivered to a child in our care. Funds raised from the Buddy Bear Program will benefit the Florida Hospital West Florida Division Foundation, and will be used to purchase pediatric life-saving equipment and provide leading-edge care for children in our care. Florida Hospital Buddy Bears can be purchased at fhbuddybear.org.

"In 2016, Florida Hospital expanded its services to provide pediatric medicine through our exclusive affiliation with Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. All Florida Hospital ER’s in the greater Tampa Bay region have adopted Johns Hopkins All Children’s clinical protocols for pediatric emergency medicine, and we have a fully-dedicated pediatric emergency room along with 24/7 onsite coverage with All Children’s Specialty Physicians at Florida Hospital Tampa. We are excited to present Pediatric Health Night with our partner, The Tampa Bay Lightning, to help educate fans in a fun way about the health and well-being of children," said Lauren Key, Senior Executive Officer of Consumer Strategy, Florida Hospital West Florida Division.

Highlights of the evening include family-fun activities, and games and prizes at the Florida Hospital tent in Thunder Alley along with balloon artists, face painting and a hands-on interactive slap shot game for kids. And don’t forget, the first 2,000 people to visit the Florida Hospital Quad at Section 128 inside AMALIE Arena will also get a Florida Hospital Buddy Bear. For every Buddy Bear handed out at the game, a bear will be delivered to a child along with a note of encouragement from a fan.

"The Lightning are pleased to be teaming up with our great partners at Florida Hospital to bring attention to pediatric health concerns," Lightning CEO Steve Griggs said. "We look forward to helping make kids healthier in Tampa Bay and would like to thank Florida Hospital for always bringing health and wellness to the forefront."

During the game, fans will be inspired by a VIP honoree and Florida Hospital pediatric patient, Hunter Tidwell, who overcame an extremely rare illness and brain surgery. Hunter will share his story with help from his neurosurgeon, Dr. Jayson Sack, from Florida Hospital Tampa. Fans can also count on pediatric health tips delivered by our Florida Hospital physicians.

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 two free-standing Emergency Rooms in Palm Harbor and Central Pasco. 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

Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment, LLC
The 2004 Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning and the leasehold rights to the Tampa Bay Times Forum
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 the Times Forum received a $42 million renovation later that summer. The following summer the organization announced plans to install a new center-hung scoreboard, that is 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. In 2016, ESPN named the Lightning the No. 1 team in all professional sports in its annual "Ultimate Standings", which ranks organizations on a number of factors, including affordability and fan accessibility. 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 it.

SOURCE Florida Hospital West Florida Division

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