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
Mayfield Brain & Spine 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. The Green Team comprises physician champion Robert Whitten, MD, and 28 Mayfield associates and managers.
Current or recent projects:
- Recycling of aluminum cans, plastic bottles, newspaper, paperboard, corrugated cardboard, plastic bags, plastic bottle caps, and office paper that does not contain patient health information; at Mayfield, all paper with patient health information is shredded
- Earth Week activities and presentations; topics have included energy conservation, community supported agriculture, vegan diet, urban farming, recycling, composting, invasive species, chemicals in our personal products, and environmental downsizing
- Recycling of ink/toner cartridges and small batteries
- Energy conservation as it relates to personal computers, photocopiers, and appliances
- Recycling/proper disposal of outdated computer equipment and electronic equipment
- Crocheting of plastic bags into mats for homeless individuals and humanitarian relief areas
- Protection of rainforest acreage through Rainforest Trust, which protects biodiversity and carbon-absorbing forests around the world
- Financial support for Norwood Grows, which teaches children about healthy foods and the natural world
- Participation in Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit
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.
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.
The Mayfield Education & Research Foundation is a sponsor of ThinkFirst's CrossTown Concussion Crew, which is made up of professionals and students from the University of Cincinnati and Xavier University, as well as Bethesda Family Practice Medical Residents. The college students, accompanied by medical professionals, travel to Cincinnati area schools to educate youth about the science of concussion and neurotrauma prevention.
Dale Horne, MD, PhD, a Mayfield Brain & Spine neurosurgeon, and his wife, Rachel, have supported ThinkFirst during the last eight years.
From left, Dr. Dale Horne, Rachel Horne, Stephanie Lambers, and Krista Jones at the Cincinnati ThinkFirst Chapter's 30th Anniversary Recognition Dinner in May 2016.
Brain injury prevention tips:
- 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.