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Hospital to mark 75 years of care

Tampa General Hospital's 75th birthday will be celebrated Sunday with free events for the whole family.

By AMY SCHERZER, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published November 8, 2002

Tampa General Hospital celebrates 75 years on Davis Islands with a Sunday afternoon block party. Music, games, old-fashioned snacks and children's activities will fill the 300 block of E Davis Boulevard from 1 to 4 p.m.

"We're thanking Davis Islands residents for having us as their neighbor," said John Dunn, hospital communications director.

Everything is free, including a first aid kit for the first 500 people who arrive.

Local band Daybreak will play music popular during each of the hospital's seven decades on the island. Lead singer Connie Gee is a hospital employee and Davis Islands resident.

As the band rocks through the decades, professional dancers will demonstrate the jitterbug, Charleston, peppermint twist and disco moves. Then, everyone will be encouraged to strut their stuff in a dance contest -- one winner per decade.

Cakewalk contestants can try 10 times to take home a pastry. They'll circle a giant faux cake until the music stops and the winning number is called.

If the sight of all those cakes makes participants hungry, there will be plenty of cupcakes, cotton candy and popcorn. They can help themselves to lemonade and water. Gorrie Elementary, Wilson Middle and Plant High art students created posters for the 75th anniversary milestone. They will be displayed and judged according to age groups. Winners get shopping certificates to WestShore Plaza.

A HARTline trolley will pick up passengers for a tour of the island and the hospital grounds. Riders can get off at the Bank of America parking lot and see the Aeromed helicopter and meet the flight crew.

Earlier in the week, hospital staff opened a time capsule planted Nov. 24, 1987, the hospital's 60th anniversary. Among their findings: a cafeteria menu, thermometer and a 1988 calendar.

The hospital auxiliary's 50th anniversary cookbook will be on sale for $15.

For more information on the day's events, call 844-4862.

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