Panthers Players Make Rounds 
 
Monday, 22 December 2008 
 
 
The Florida Panthers Mascot brought smiles to young patients. 

Boca Raton, FL –- Florida Panthers hockey players Rostislav Olesz and Michael Frolik, along with beloved mascot Stanley C. Panther, visited patients in West Boca Medical Center's Pediatric Emergency Department, Pediatrics Unit and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

The Panthers posed for pictures with their excited young fans and passed out autographed photos. "It was truly heart warming to see the excitement on the patients’ faces as the players and Stanley entered their rooms," said Chief Executive Officer Walt Mickens. "One young boy declared that after meeting the players he wants to play hockey when he grows up."

Olesz, Frolik and Stanley began their visit in the Pediatric Emergency Department, where several unsuspecting children and their families received a welcomed distraction from their sick day. It wasn’t long before news spread of the special guests, causing a crowd of doctors, nurses and other staff members to gather for a peek at the action and smiles.

From the Pediatric ED, the group moved to the Pediatric floor. Room by room, the players and Stanley made their way to each patient, stopping for pictures, autographs and even phone calls to patients’ loved ones at home along the way.

About West Boca Medical Center

West Boca Medical Center, part of Tenet South Florida, is a 185-bed acute care hospital located at 21644 State Road 7 in Boca Raton, Florida. The hospital has been serving the medical and health care needs of the community and surrounding areas for over 20
years.

West Boca Medical Center offers a broad array of services, including general medical and surgical care, cardiac and surgical intensive care, outpatient surgery services, 24-hour emergency services for adults and children, diabetes education, a cystic fibrosis program for adults and children, outpatient rehabilitation services and a sleep diagnostic center.

The hospital also offers several specialties, including a level III neonatal intensive care unit, the BirthCare Pavilion, a pediatric unit and a pediatric intensive care unit. It is also a recipient of the HealthGrades Maternity Care Excellence Award two years in a row (2006/2007 and 2007/2008). HealthGrades ranks West Boca’s maternity program among the top 5% five percent in the nation."

West Boca Medical Center is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on the accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency