Physicians and associates of the Mayfield Clinic take an active role in community service and charitable causes. Our annual United Way and Fine Arts Fund drives, our partnership with South Avondale Elementary School, and our annual Holiday Project are staples of our corporate commitment to a healthy and vibrant community. We sponsor teams that walk, run, and cycle while raising money to fight various diseases, including breast cancer, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson's disease. And members of the Mayfield Green Team are working to incorporate principles of recycling and conservation into our corporate lives. Farther from home, our expertise in neurosurgery has led us to support the National Think First Foundation and to host national meetings of the Acoustic Neuroma Association, the National Brain Tumor Foundation, and the Trigeminal Neuralgia Association. Beyond these Mayfield-sponsored endeavors, we take pride in our physicians' and associates' independent involvement in charitable, civic, and educational activities.
The holiday season is an exciting time of year at Mayfield, bringing out the best in everyone. Year after year, physicians and associates come together to bring holiday cheer to those less fortunate in our community. Since 2001, we have collected over 900 gifts and $12,000 to support our holiday activities.
Building on past successes, our 2012 Holiday Project was bigger than ever. We extended our reach to provide a greater impact and to share the joy of the season with those in need—young, old, sick and hungry—in our community. This was our 14th year to help FACE, third year to support the school, and first year to extend our reach to include the children’s homes and nursing home.
Here’s a snapshot of what we accomplished in 2012
We adopted 58 children for our gift-giving project.
• 25 children from The Children’s Home of Cincinnati, a private, nonprofit organization and a leading provider of education and mental health treatment for children who face significant social, behavioral, and learning challenges;
• 11 children served by FACE (For AIDS Children Everywhere), a Cincinnati-based agency dedicated to providing services to children and their families affected by HIV/AIDS; and
• 22 eighth-grade students at South Avondale School, which serves students pre-K to grade 8 in the Avondale community and is located just a few blocks from Mayfield’s corporate offices.
We also joined residents of Meadowbrook Care Center, a skilled nursing home facility, for holiday treats, songs of the season, and conversation. We collected household essentials for Living Hope Transitional Homes, a local non-profit organization that provides a loving, secure environment for women and children in transition from homelessness to stable, independent living. And we provided canned goods and other food items to help re-stock the shelves at FACE.
Mayfield Green Team
The Mayfield Clinic launched its Green Team in 2007 in an effort to integrate recycling and conservation efforts into corporate life. Volunteer stewardship leaders are working to coordinate and further develop multiple initiatives at Mayfield locations throughout the Greater Cincinnati area.
Becky Gubser, left, and Jody Birch help lead the stewardship effort at the Mayfield Clinic Spine Surgery Center.
- Recycling of aluminum cans, plastic bottles, newspaper, paperboard, corrugated cardboard, and office paper that does not contain patient health information; at Mayfield, all paper with patient health information is shredded
- Recycling of ink/toner cartridges and small batteries
- Replacement of existing incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs
- Energy conservation as it relates to personal computers, photocopiers, and appliances
- Recycling/proper disposal of outdated computer equipment and electronic equipment
- Adoption of small neighborhood traffic island through Keep Cincinnati Beautiful
- Purchase of rainforest acreage through the World Land Trust
- Participation in the Hamilton County Go Green Challenge
United Way and ArtsWave
The Mayfield Clinic demonstrates its strong support for United Way and ArtsWave through annual corporate campaigns.
We encourage physicians and associates to support the United Way, a pillar of our community that underwrites critical services and innovative efforts that help thousands of children and adults. The United Way encompasses 305 programs, 155 agency partners, and about a dozen strategic initiatives and collaboratives that serve more than 622,000 people throughout the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area each year. For more information about the United Way, or to see a complete list of participating agencies,visit the United Way online.
The Mayfield community's growing support for United Way reached a new level several years ago, earning the company recognition on the Live United 100 list. The list includes the highest per capita giving companies with 10-500 employees who support the annual campaign with a minimum contribution total of $10,000.
A thriving arts sector enriches the community in which we live. That's why the Mayfield Clinic proudly participates in the annual ArtsWave campaign (formerly known as the Fine Arts Fund). Donations to the ArtsWave campaign help support over 100 large and small arts organization throughout the region. For more information about ArtsWave, visit ArtsWave online.
Each year the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Stroke Team fields a team of runners and walkers for the Heart Mini-Marathon, which benefits the American Heart Association. The 2005 Mini-Marathon – the 28 th annual and one of Cincinnati’s oldest and most beloved running events – featured a 15K mini-marathon, a 5K run, a 5K/10K walk, and a 2K walk/run for kids. Rosie Miller, RN, coordinated the team of 19 runners and walkers who represented the Stroke Team in the 2005 event. For more information about the American Heart Association or the Heart Mini-Marathon, go to www.heartmini.org.
Knowing the signs and symptoms of stroke can save a life.
F Facial numbness or weakness, especially on one side. A Arm numbness or weakness, especially on one side. S Slurred speech or difficulty speaking. T Time to call 911.
View our Public Service Announcement about stroke.
The Sunflower Revolution is a celebratory, three-day event whose mission is to promote wellness within the Cincinnati area's Parkinson's disease community; to raise funds for Parkinson's research that can benefit patients regionally, nationally, and globally; and to heighten the public's awareness of Parkinson's disease, a progressive and devastating neurological disorder that afflicts 1.5 million Americans and cannot be halted or cured at this time.
A shared project of the The Gardner Center at the University of Cincinnati Neuroscience Institute, the Sunflower Revolution is a free educational symposium and expo for patients, caregivers, and healthcare professional.
The Sunflower Revolution was named and founded by Kathleen Krumme, a Cincinnati cyclist and bicycle shop manager whose father suffers from Parkinson's disease. The sunflower is not only a ubiquitous sight at the Tour de France, the world's most famous cycling event, it is also a symbol of hope. Those who support the Sunflower events are helping fuel research that will lead to a revolution in the care of people with Parkinson's disease.
All proceeds from the Sunflower Revolution benefit Parkinson's disease programs in research, education, and wellness at The University of Cincinnati Neuroscience Institute. Since 2004 the event has raised $540,000 for laboratory research, clinical trials for patients with Parkinson's disease, and fellowship opportunities for young physicians training to become Parkinson's specialists.
The UC Neuroscience Institute, an affiliate of the Mayfield Clinic, is the Cincinnati region's premier referral center for people with Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders, and the Sunflower Revolution is the region's premier fundraiser for Parkinson's disease programs. For more information, please visit www.SunflowerRev.org.
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk
Mayfield Clinic physicians, managers and associates are invited to join Banita Bailey, RN, and the Pink Ribbon Girls, in the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. With the help of Mayfield walkers, the Pink Ribbon Girls raise about $1,000 a year for this important American Cancer society fund-raiser. Since 1993 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer has raised nearly $200 million to support American Cancer Society programs in breast cancer research, education, advocacy, and service.
The Pink Ribbon Girls welcome new walkers, including those who are not affiliated with the Mayfield Clinic. If you would like to join our team, please contact Banita Bailey via email, or call 513-569-5368.
For more information about Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, please visit Making Strides.
The Mayfield Clinic began its long partnership with the Think First National Injury Prevention Foundation www.thinkfirst.org through the efforts of Mayfield neurosurgeon Thomas Saul, MD. In 1986 Dr. Saul helped establish the National Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Prevention Foundation, which in 1990 changed its name to the ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation. Dr. Saul introduced Think First in Cincinnati at Good Samaritan Hospital and helped promote the slogan "Feet first, first time," which exhorts swimmers to check water levels before diving in.
In the early 1990s Mayfield and Think First teamed up for "Helmet Cincinnati", a head injury prevention program that included the distribution of more than 2,500 helmets to children, teens, and adults. Since that time, Mayfield has supported several of Think First’s prevention programs, including the annual "Jam, Don’t Slam" seatbelt promotion and the "Think First Mocktail" event, which seeks to deter alcohol abuse and driving under the influence.
In May 2007 Think First participated in The Neuroscience Institute’s first Neurotrauma Prevention Day at University Hospital. Among the safety tips distributed:
- Always wear a seatbelt.
- Seat children under 12 in the back seat of a motor vehicle with age-appropriate restraints.
- Obey traffic laws and speed limits.
- Always wear a helmet when cycling or rollerblading.
- Arrange for a designated driver if you are out and plan to consume alcohol.
- Instruct children never to touch or play with guns.
- Never dive into water less than 10- to 12-feet deep.
- Never dive into an above-ground swimming pool.
- Always check the water depth before diving into a body of water; the depth of a river or lake can change because of drought or debris.
- Never leave children alone in or near a swimming pool.
- If something doesn’t feel right, then stop and think first.
The Mayfield Clinic recently formalized a community partnership with In Return www.InReturn.org, which seeks to become a leader in providing services to survivors of traumatic brain injury. In Return, founded in 2004 by Rob Groeschen, provides resources related to vocational training, employment, community involvement, financial independence, continued education, and independent living. Job opportunities are made available and consistently monitored. Social interaction, continued education, and independent living skills are taught in structured classes and through inclusion in social, recreational, and philanthropic events. In Return is also part of The UC Neuroscience Institute’s traumatic brain injury program.