Florida Hospital and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are spreading “Bucs Fever” across the Tampa Bay region with a series of community health events and a new television commercial featuring Bucs head coach Lovie Smith.
“We believe that Florida Hospital has an important role to play in creating a healthier community,” said Mike Schultz, president and chief executive of Florida Hospital West Florida Region, in a release. “We are excited to build on this partnership with the Bucs, and add new initiatives that will benefit communities that we serve.”
Florida Hospital officially launched its Bucs Babies program during the NFL draft in May, giving new moms and dads a “training camp” health and wellness package for their new little rookies, the hospital said. That program will continue on through the regular season as well, with all babies born at Florida Hospital campuses receiving a Bucs Babies T-shirt.
Florida Hospital will give away free Bucs bandanas at four locations outside of Raymond James Stadium on Sept. 14 when the Bucs take on the St. Louis Rams. In October, Florida Hospital will be one of the sponsors for the Buccaneers Treasure Chests 5k Run/Walk, which helps raise awareness and support patient treatment and research for breast cancer. This will be the first year where the Florida Hospital Foundation is a beneficiary of the proceeds raised at this event, which is expected to attract several thousand participants.
Florida Hospital also will be the presenting sponsor of the fitness challenge prior to the Nov. 9 game between the Bucs and the Atlanta Falcons.
To see the new commercial with Smith, visit CatchBucsFever.com.
Florida Hospital West Florida Region includes nine hospitals and 1,257 beds. That includes Florida Hospital at Connerton Long Term Acute Care, Florida Hospital Zephyrhills and Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel. It’s part of the Adventist Health System, a network of 23 hospitals throughout Florida.