February is National Heart Month and Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute will officially turn the Tampa Bay Times Forum “red” as it presents “Heart Health Awareness” night during the Tampa Bay Lightning home game on Tuesday, February 26 at the Forum. The puck drops at 7:30pm as the Bolts “face-off” against the Buffalo Sabres.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States.
According to the CDC, approximately 1 out of every 4 deaths in the U.S. is attributed to some form of heart disease. Heart disease claims more lives every year than all cancers combined. The renowned Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute is at the forefront of prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart disease, utilizing groundbreaking research and leading edge medicine. “We know that education and prevention are key components in the fight to save lives. Pepin is leading the way and continuing to expand our cardiovascular program by offering the very latest in minimally invasive procedures, treatments and research right here in Tampa Bay” says Dr. Charles Lambert, Medical Director of Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute.
Lightning head coach Guy Boucher, along with assistants Dan Lacroix, Martin Raymond and Steve Thomas will wear red ties in support of Heart Health Awareness on Tuesday night. Additionally, Sun Sports on-air talent Rick Peckham, Bobby Taylor, Paul Kennedy and Chris Dingman will also wear red ties during the game’s telecast. During “Heart Health Awareness” night the Pepin Heart team will educate fans about simple ways to improve cardiovascular health. Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute is a designated HeartCaring provider through the Spirit Health Group. The goal of HeartCaring is to create partnerships that connect consumers with designated hospitals and clinicians who are committed to gender-sensitive cardiovascular risk identification, diagnostic testing, early intervention and treatment for women. According to the American Heart Association, since 1984 more women than men have died each year from heart disease.
Florida Hospital Tampa is proud to be the Health and Wellness Partner for the Tampa Bay Lightning and Tampa Bay Times Forum. The formal sponsorship agreement is for three years. Together, we will elevate health care in Tampa Bay one heart at a time. This partnership will give us the opportunity to raise awareness about a number of health topics throughout the season.
During the regular season, Florida Hospital Tampa provides pre-season physicals including MRI’s, X-Rays and vaccinations to players as well as on-site X-ray equipment and delivers on-site medical services during home games, the Lightning training camp, Storm games and NCAA events hosted by the Tampa Bay Times Forum. “Florida Hospital is renowned locally and nationally for their exceptional and reliable medical services so we knew our players were in the best of hands during their medical testing. We thank them and look forward to continuing our strong partnership,” said Steve Griggs, Tampa Bay Lightning Chief Operating Officer. During the game on Heart Health Awareness Night, public service announcements recorded by Pepin Heart cardiologists, will air on the scoreboard. Around the concourse there will be literature educating fans on heart health tips. Plus, 10,000 “Thunderfans” will be given to fans as they enter through the gates.
“We are proud to be associated with this championship organization! As part of our commitment to health and wellness, we will also be the presenting sponsor of the Get Fit with Dave Andreychuk program and a sponsor of the Bolt Run in March,” said Lauren Key, Vice President of Marketing for Florida Hospital Tampa. Let’s go Lightning!