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Florida Hospital teams up with Lightning to be presenting sponsor of 2014-15 season

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning

TAMPA, FL (September 16, 2014) – Florida Hospital announced today it is teaming up with the Tampa Bay Lightning to extend its partnership and become the Presenting Sponsor of the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons, while continuing as the team’s official health and wellness partner. As the Presenting Sponsor for the next two seasons, Florida Hospital will receive a logo and name inclusion on all Lightning advertising campaigns and materials throughout the next two seasons. Florida Hospital has been a sponsorship partner of the Lightning since 2011, and it will continue as the official healthcare provider of the Tampa Bay Storm.

“We are proud to partner with the Tampa Bay Lightning, a world-class organization that is dedicated to giving back to the Tampa Bay community. Florida Hospital is elevating health care in our community through expertise, innovation and compassion. We are proud to be associated with this champion organization who shares our core values of integrity, compassion, excellence and teamwork. Together, we are committed to improving the health of our community,” said Mike Schultz, President and CEO of the Florida Hospital West Florida Region. During six Tampa Bay Lightning home games this season, the Lightning will feature a new heartwarming series titled “Celebrate Life” that highlights special members of the community who have been positively impacted by the care received at Florida Hospital.

“We are very pleased to be continuing our relationship with a world-class community partner such as Florida Hospital,” said Lightning President Steve Griggs. “It is exciting to have them as a presenting sponsor not just this season, but the following one as well. On behalf of the entire Lightning organization I’d like to thank Florida Hospital for their continued support.”

Florida Hospital will also be the Presenting Sponsor of the annual Tampa Bay Lightning Fan Fest being held at Amalie Arena on Saturday, September 27, 2014 to celebrate the upcoming 2014-15 season. Fans will be able to watch a scrimmage, sled hockey, line up for signed autographs from the players and attend a hockey 101 class. The Lightning Kids Zone will offer young Bolts fans an opportunity to participate in fun activities as well. Doors open at 10:00am and the event is free to the public.

Florida Hospital will host two health awareness nights during the year featuring a Breast Cancer Awareness Night at the game on November 1, 2014 which will be the culmination of a month-long awareness campaign to encourage women to get screened and join the Pink Army. The Heart Health Awareness Night will be featured when the Tampa Bay Lightning take on the Stanley Cup Champion LA Kings on February 7, 2015. Florida Hospital will also be the associate sponsor of the Lightning’s annual Bolt Run. The two organizations are committed to partnering on additional health and wellness initiatives throughout the year.

As part of the partnership, Florida Hospital will continue to be the official health care provider of the Arena Football League’s Tampa Bay Storm. The hospital system will host a local high school football athletes training session with Storm President, Derrick Brooks, who was recently inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame. Florida Hospital will also remain as the presenting partner of the Storm team’s post-game autograph sessions during all home games.

Florida Hospital and The Tampa Bay Lightning Key Dates:

  • September 27, 2014 - Tampa Bay Lightning Fan Fest
  • November 1, 2014 - Breast Cancer Awareness Night
  • February 7, 2015 - Heart Health Awareness Night
  • March 14, 2015 - Annual Bolt Run 

About Florida Hospital West Florida Region
The Florida Hospital West Florida Region is a not-for-profit 1,257-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 Zephyrhills, Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, Florida Hospital North Pinellas, 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 23 hospitals throughout the state. For more information, visit

About Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment, LLC
The 2004 Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning and the leasehold rights to Amalie Arena 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 Amalie Arena received a $42 million renovation later that summer.  The following summer the organization announced plans to install a new center-hung scoreboard, 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. 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 of it.

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