Florida Hospital and the Tampa Bay Lightning are extending their partnership agreement through the 2015-16 hockey season.
As a presenting sponsor, Florida Hospital will receive a logo and name inclusion on all Lightning advertising campaigns and materials throughout the next two seasons. This continues the partnership that started in 2011, and includes being the official healthcare provider of the Arena Football League 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,” said Mike Schultz, president and chief executive of Florida Hospital West Florida Region, in a release. “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.”
During six Lightning home games this season, the team will feature a series called “Celebrate Life” that highlights special members of the community who have been positively impacted by the care received at Florida Hospital. The chain also will be the presenting sponsor of the annual Tampa Bay Lightning Fan Fest, scheduled for Amalie Arena on Sept. 27. There, fans will be able to watch a scrimmage, sled hockey, get autographs, and participate in a hockey class.
Doors open for that event at 10 a.m., and it’s free to the public.
Florida Hospital also will host two health awareness nights during the year featuring Breast Cancer Awareness Night on Nov. 1. That will be the culmination of a month-long awareness campaign encouraging women to get screened and join the Pink Army.
The Heart Health Awareness Night will be featured when the Lightning take on the Los Angeles Kings Feb. 7. The hospital also will be the associate sponsor of the Lightning’s annual Bolt Run.
Florida Hospital West Region consists of nine hospitals and 1,257 beds, including Florida Hospital at Connerton Long Term Acute Care, Florida Hospital Zephyrhills and Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel.