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Lightning Foundation Unveils 'Thunderbug's Great Adventure at University Community Hospital'

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning

– The Lightning Foundation and University Community Hospital today unveiled the second book in the ThunderBug series entitled ‘ThunderBug’s Great Adventure at University Community Hospital’ presented by UCH, during a press conference at Pepin Heart Hospital at UCH.

“Research shows that the more young patients know what to expect in a hospital setting, the more positive the experience will be for them and their families,” UCH MS Administrative Director of Pediatrics Margie Boyer, RNC, said. “This is why we are so excited to have ‘ThunderBug’s Great Adventure at University Community Hospital’ to distribute to all incoming pediatric patients.”

ThunderBug’s Great Adventure at University Community Hospital is written by Robin Gonzalez and illustrated by Peter Bajohr of Pop Design Group. The book is designed to educate and familiarize children about the hospital by learning about the facility though ThunderBug’s own stay at UCH following an accident playing hockey.

Children and their families will have their questions and anxieties lessened as ThunderBug takes them on an informative tour of UCH. The story unfolds as ThunderBug is injured and visits the UCH Pediatric Emergency Room.  His great adventure includes a MRI, X-Rays and even a surgical procedure.  Readers will also follow him through his post-op and recovery at UCH.  ThunderBug has his own guide, Candu the tucan, that works hard to make sure that not only ThunderBug, but all children and their families reading the book have a positive experience at University Community Hospital.  

During the press conference today, Lightning forward Jeff Halpern helped distribute the new books to pediatric patients.

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