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Florida Hospital is Drafting Rookies aka Newborns into the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Babies Program and Hosting a Birthday Party for Bucs Babies Who are Turning One in May


Tampa, Florida (PRWEB) April 30, 2015

As the exclusive hospital of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Florida Hospital is recruiting all babies born at any Florida Hospital in the Greater Tampa Bay area-into the Bucs Babies program during the month of May. The Bucs Babies program is a club created for the tiniest Buccaneers fans. This year, newborns and families will receive an official Bucs Babies blanket, baby hat, and “training camp” gear that includes health and wellness items from the Bucs Partners, C1 Bank and Proctor & Gamble.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will offer each family a chance to experience their first Buccaneers game with pre-season game tickets. Florida Hospital will also host an exclusive birthday party on Sunday, May 3rd on the Pirate Ship inside Raymond James Stadium to celebrate the first birthdays of last year’s inaugural Bucs Babies. The birthday party will include exclusive access opportunities, face painting, balloons, with appearances from the Buccaneers staff, players and cheerleaders and, of course, Captain Fear. Publix will be supplying special cupcakes and Florida Hospital will be presenting families with a gift and special photo opportunities.

“Florida Hospital is committed to creating a healthier community. We are excited to partner with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on a number of health iniatives and help them kick off the season by drafting all newborns and their families into the Bucs Babies program. We also look forward to welcoming back our Florida Hospital families and celebrating our first-ever Bucs Babies birthdays,” said Mike Schultz, President and CEO of the Florida Hospital West Florida Region.

The Bucs Babies program will be offered at Florida Hospitals in the greater Tampa Bay area including: Florida Hospital Tampa, Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, Florida Hospital Zephyrhills, Florida Hospital North Pinellas and Florida Hospital Carrollwood.

“Last season’s highly successful launch of the Bucs Babies program has us excited to work with our partners at Florida Hospital to grow the program even larger this year,” said Brian Ford, Chief Operating Officer of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. “We look forward to welcoming the generation of newborn Bucs fans this upcoming season as well as celebrating the first birthday of our inaugural Bucs Babies in memorable fashion on the Pirate Ship at Raymond James Stadium.”

The Bucs Babies “training camp” gear, featuring health and wellness items is sponsored by Florida Hospital, Centra Care, Proctor & Gamble and C1 Bank. In addition to the Bucs baby hat and blanket, the training camp gear will include health and wellness materials, first aid kit, baby wipes, coupons from Proctor & Gamble and a C1 Bank $ 25 dollar saving account certificate. The program will last the entire month of May.

Florida Hospital and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers officially kicked off their relationship in September 2013, by announcing a partnership focused on improving the health and wellness of the Tampa Bay community. Florida Hospital, which operates 23 hospitals across the state, is the exclusive hospital of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. To learn more about the Florida Hospital and Tampa Bay Buccaneers partnership, visit http://www.CatchBucsFever.com. Families participating in the program can use #BucsBabies all month long to upload photos of their own little rookies.

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 http://www.FloridaHospital.com.

About The Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers play an active role in youth development through a variety of health and education initiatives supported by players, coaches, cheerleaders and staff. With an increased emphasis on youth health and wellness, the Buccaneers’ PLAY 60 Challenge and BUCS CARE SCHOOL initiative help teach students the importance of education, nutrition and exercise, renewing the team’s commitment to support youth charitable causes throughout the Bay Area. To learn more about how the Buccaneers make a difference in the community, visit http://www.buccaneers.com/community.







Florida Hospital Tampa Achieves National Accreditation from the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program


Tampa, FL (PRWEB) April 21, 2015

Patients seeking surgical treatment for severe obesity and its related conditions have a high-quality choice for receiving treatment at a nationally accredited program that meets the highest standards for patient safety and quality of care in the greater Tampa area.

Florida Hospital Tampa, today announced its bariatric surgical center has been accredited as a Comprehensive Center under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), a joint program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).

The MBSAQIP Standards, outlined in the Resources for Optimal Care of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Patient 2014 ensure that bariatric surgical patients receive a multidisciplinary program, not just a surgical procedure, which improves patient outcomes and long-term success. The accredited center offers preoperative and postoperative care designed specifically for its severely obese patients.

“Our entire team at Florida Hospital Tampa is honored to receive the recognition for the work we’ve been doing and for the thousands of people whose quality of life we have helped improve,” stated John Dietrick, MD, Medical Director for the Surgical Weight Loss Program at Florida Hospital Tampa. “When combined with a comprehensive treatment plan that includes exercise and dietary changes, bariatric surgery not only serves as the most effective tool to provide long-term weight loss, but often improves many obesity-related conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, heart disease, high blood pressure and more.”

Florida Hospital Tampa’s commitment to quality care begins with appropriately trained staff and the surgeons who participate in meetings throughout the year to review its outcomes. They seek continuous improvement to enhance the structure, process and outcomes of the center.

To earn the MBSAQIP designation, Florida Hospital Tampa met essential criteria for staffing, training and facility infrastructure and protocols for care, ensuring its ability to support patients with severe obesity. The center also participates in a national data registry that yields semiannual reports on the quality of its processes and outcomes, identifying opportunities for continuous quality improvement. The standards are specified in the MBSAQIP Resources for Optimal Care of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Patient 2014, published by the ACS and ASMBS.

“The MBSAQIP designation is a huge step for the bariatric surgery program at Florida Hospital Tampa,” said Brian Adams, President and CEO of Florida Hospital Tampa. “It recognizes the fact that we provide some of the most advanced care and highest quality surgery for our bariatric patients in the Tampa Bay area.”

After submitting an application, centers seeking MBSAQIP Accreditation undergo an extensive site visit by an experienced bariatric surgeon, who reviews the center’s structure, process, and clinical outcomes data. Centers are awarded a specific designation depending on how many patients it serves annually, the type of procedures it provides, and whether it provides care for patients under age 18.

In the United States, around 15.5 million people suffer from severe obesity, according to the National Institutes of Health, and the numbers continue to increase. Obesity increases the risks of morbidity and mortality because of the diseases and conditions that are commonly associated with it, such as type II diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease, among other health risks. Metabolic and bariatric surgical procedures have proven to be effective in the reduction of comorbid conditions related to severe obesity.* Working with ASMBS, the ACS expanded this quality program for bariatric surgery centers so that it can assist bariatric patients in identifying those centers that provide optimal surgical care.

About Florida Hospital Tampa

Florida Hospital Tampa is a not-for-profit 475-bed tertiary hospital specializing in cardiovascular medicine, neuroscience, orthopaedics, women’s services, pediatrics, oncology, endocrinology, bariatric, wound healing, sleep medicine and general surgery including minimally invasive and robotic-assisted procedures. Also located at Florida Hospital Tampa is the renowned Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute, a recognized leader in cardiovascular disease prevention, diagnosis, treatment and leading-edge research. The recent addition of the Doc1st ER shows that Florida Hospital Tampa is committed to providing compassionate and quality healthcare. Part of the Adventist Health System, Florida Hospital is a leading health network comprised of 22 hospitals throughout the state. For more information, visit http://www.FHTampa.org.

About the American College of Surgeons

The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical education and practice and to improve the quality of care for the surgical patient. Its achievements have placed it at the forefront of American surgery and have made the College an important advocate for all surgical patients. The College has more than 80,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world.

About the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, founded in 1983, was formed to advance the art and science of metabolic and bariatric surgery by continually improving the quality and safety of care and treatment of people with obesity and related diseases through educational and support programs for surgeons and integrated health professionals.

About the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, founded in 1983, was formed to advance the art and science of metabolic and bariatric surgery by continually improving the quality and safety of care and treatment of people with obesity and related diseases through educational and support programs for surgeons and integrated health professionals.







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