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Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute teams up with Lightning to raise awareness about heart health

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning

TAMPA, FL (February 5, 2014) – Florida Hospital Tampa, through its Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute, will present "Heart Health Awareness" night during the Tampa Bay Lightning home game on Thursday, February 6 at The Forum. The puck drops at 7:30pm as the Bolts "face-off" against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Today, heart disease claims more lives every year than all cancers combined. Education and prevention are key components in the fight to save lives. Florida Hospital Tampa is the Proud Health and Wellness Partner for the Tampa Bay Lightning and Tampa Bay Times Forum. Together, we are elevating health care for the Tampa Bay community.

"Cardiovascular disease is still the number one killer of men and women in the United States, more than all cancers combined. Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute is dedicated to providing the highest level of care and saving the hearts of Tampa Bay. We are leading the way in the region by offering the very latest in groundbreaking procedures and pioneering research," says Dr. Charles Lambert, Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute Medical Director. Dr. Lambert will be interviewed on the pre-game Sun Sports Network during Heart Health Awareness night. Also during the game, public service announcements about the signs and symptoms of a heart attack will air on the scoreboard. Heart health tips will also be posted around the concourse, educating fans and encouraging interaction and engagement. The first 3,000 fans will receive co-branded scarfs on their way into the game.

Florida Hospital Tampa provides the Lightning players with pre-season physicals including MRI's, X-Rays and vaccinations as well as providing on-site X-ray equipment and on-site medical services during home games, and the Lightning training camp.

"We are proud to once again partner with Florida Hospital to promote awareness of cardiovascular disease here in Tampa Bay," said Lightning Chief Operating Officer, Steve Griggs. "Education is the first step in prevention and through programs such as Heart Health Awareness night, we, along with our friends at Florida Hospital, hope to make Tampa Bay a safer and healthier place to live."

Florida Hospital Tampa is also the presenting sponsor of the Get Fit with Dave Andreychuk program with the Thunderbug Kid's Club and a sponsor of the 13th Annual Bolt Run in March. The inaugural "Get Fit Skate Day" will take place at The Forum on February 9th from 11am to 1pm. Thunderbug Kid's Club members will be invited to an exclusive skate and opportunity to be part of the Get Fit with Dave Andreychuk program. Eight lucky winners will win an exciting chance to train with the Captain of the 2004 Stanley Cup Tampa Bay Lightning team.

About Florida Hospital Tampa

Florida Hospital Tampa is a not-for-profit 475-bed tertiary hospital specializing in cardiovascular medicine, neuroscience, orthopaedics, 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. Part of the Adventist Health System, Florida Hospital is a leading health network comprised of 23 hospitals throughout the state. For more information, visit

About Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute and Dr. Kiran C. Patel Research Institute
Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute, located at Florida Hospital Tampa, is a free-standing cardiovascular institute providing comprehensive cardiovascular care with over 76,000 angioplasty procedures and 11,000 open-heart surgeries in the Tampa Bay region. Leading the way with the first accredited chest pain emergency room in Tampa Bay, the institute is among an elite few in the state of Florida chosen to perform the ground breaking Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) procedure. It is also a HeartCaring designated provider and a Larry King Cardiac Foundation Hospital. Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute and the Dr. Kiran C. Patel Research Institute, affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF), are exploring and conducting leading-edge research to develop break-through treatments long before they are available in most other hospitals.

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