TAMPA, FL – February is American Heart Month and Florida Hospital is teaming up with the Tampa Bay Lightning to raise awareness about heart health on Saturday, February 7th. The puck drops at 5:00pm at the Amalie Arena as the Bolts “face-off” against the defending Stanley Cup Champion LA Kings. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. According to the CDC, heart disease claims more lives every year than all cancers combined and annually one in every four deaths is related to heart disease. Florida Hospital 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. Florida Hospital is leading the way and continuing to expand our cardiovascular program by offering the very latest in minimally invasive procedures, clinical trials and research right here in Tampa Bay,” said Dr. Charles Lambert, Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute Medical Director.
Lightning Head Coach Jon Cooper, along with the Lightning staff will wear red ties in support of Heart Health Awareness night. Additionally, Sun Sports on-air talent Rick Peckham and Chris Dingman will also wear red ties while they interview Cardiologist Dr. James Smith, during the game’s telecast. The Florida Hospital team will also educate fans about simple ways to improve cardiovascular health as well as give “I heart Bolts” t-shirts away to the first 10,000 fans. Florida Hospital will feature public service announcements and also reveal the number of hearts Florida Hospital saved in the last 12 months by creating an all-arena heart tribute during the first period intermission. Plus, on heart health awareness night, four lucky fans will have a chance to win a team signed red Bolts jersey.
“We believe partnering with Florida Hospital to educate fans about heart health is critical to helping save lives, especially since cardiovascular disease is still the number one killer of men and women in the U.S. It’s exciting to have Florida Hospital 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,” said Lightning President Steve Griggs.
Florida Hospital is the presenting sponsor of the 2014-2015 and 2015-16 seasons, as well as the team’s official health and wellness sponsor. Florida Hospital will also be the associate sponsor of the Lightning’s annual Bolt Run on March 14, 2015. During six Tampa Bay Lightning home games, this season Florida Hospital will feature a heartwarming series titled “Celebrate Life.” This series highlights special members of the community who have been positively impacted by the care received at Florida Hospital. During the February 7th game a patient whose life was saved by the Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute will be honored.