March 23, 2014
Florida Hospital DeLand and Stetson University Athletics Enter Multi-Year Partnership

DELAND, Fla., March 24, 2014 – For several years, Florida Hospital DeLand has had a presence on the Stetson University campus. However, these two major community institutions have announced a new partnership that will formalize the relationship and further enhance the hospital’s presence on the local university’s campus.

“We have had a long-standing relationship with Stetson University” said Lalita Kapuscinski, Florida Hospital DeLand director of sports medicine and rehabilitation, diabetes and wellness services. “For the past three years, we have had an outpatient rehabilitation facility inside Stetson’s Wilson Athletic Center, and as our relationship grew, we added additional services.”

These added services included enhanced physical therapy to accommodate the student athletes and their schedules, as well as a dedicated physician at the student clinic to care for the athletes and reduce their wait time.

“We also provide other in-kind services to the University, such as athletic training coverage to club soccer and lacrosse games for free,” Kapuscinski said. “This new official partnership serves as an excellent opportunity for us to keep this successful partnership ongoing.”

In addition to the rehabilitation services, Florida Hospital DeLand also provided staff and imaging equipment on-site during all Stetson University home football games at Spec Martin Stadium.  If a player incurred an injury during a game, the hospital staff was able to quickly perform diagnostic imaging scans. This service was available to both Stetson players as well as their opponents and was a necessary service; the hospital performed at least one exam during every game.

Now, Stetson Athletics officially welcomes Florida Hospital DeLand as a Hatter Partner with a multi-year partnership agreement in place.

“Stetson University is an integral part of our community and we are so blessed to have partnerships with an organization of this caliber,” said Tim Cook, Florida Hospital DeLand CEO. “This type of partnership just makes sense and will be a great benefit to our community at large.”

As a full Hatter Partner, one of the top partnership levels available through Stetson Athletics, Florida Hospital DeLand will have a substantial presence at all Stetson athletic venues and events, as well as extensive promotional involvement with all 18 sports teams.

“This partnership with Florida Hospital DeLand is a natural fit for Stetson Athletics,” said Stetson Athletic Director Jeff Altier. “They have graciously been partners in a practical sense for some time now, but this multi-year marketing partnership takes our relationship to higher level. They recognize the value of promoting their growth and health initiatives through Stetson’s athletic programs. You will see this partnership evolve into one that will enhance not only our athletic programs, but the lives of our entire student population and ultimately the DeLand community.”

About Florida Hospital DeLand
Florida Hospital DeLand is a member of Adventist Health System, a faith-based health care organization with 45 hospital campuses and nearly 8,300 licensed beds in 10 states. With 156-beds, Florida Hospital DeLand is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and Disease-Specific Care Certified by the Joint Commission in Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement Surgery. Additionally, the hospital is Chest Pain Accredited with Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) and is also a Certified Stroke Center. For more information about Florida Hospital DeLand, visit


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