TriHealth is proud to support organizations, programs and projects that address social, educational and community-related issues in the communities where our physicians practice, and our patients live, work and play. Every day, we strive to find new, innovative ways to better our community. Through our partnership with The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, we are immersing Cincinnati children into the thriving arts community – and we afforded five people the chance to accompany Bob Herzog to home plate as he threw out the first pitch at a Cincinnati Reds game.
Our young professional TriHealth employees are laying the foundation for community enrichment, too. The TriHealth Young Professionals Employee Resource Group, which launched in early 2014, opened the TriHealth Nook for Books on May 14, 2014, at the Santa Maria Community Services Center to help Santa Maria fulfill one of the legs of their mission: encouraging literacy among the families they serve.
Through our engaging booth at Cincinnati Pride, we provided thousands of Pride attendees with information about our mission to strengthen TriHealth’s best practices for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) patients, employees and their families.
Some of Our Initiatives...
Serving the Underserved: Providing Health Screenings and a Warm Thanksgiving Meal
Fall Feast 2015
TriHealth provided adult health screenings and sponsored the "free bird" turkey at the 10th Annual Fall Feast on Tuesday, Nov. 24 at Duke Energy Convention Center.
"Fall Feast is a wonderful annual community event that is volunteer-run with the purpose of providing a fresh Thanksgiving meal, along with various medical and dental services to the Cincinnati community," Lisa Baker, Executive Director of TriHealth Heart Institute, says. "Their focus is to make a difference in the guests’ lives, especially the homeless and underserved. TriHealth was a corporate sponsor again this year. My family and I wanted to help serve those in need in our local community."
The event, founded in 2005 by Give Back Cincinnati, brings together more than 250 guests and strives to unite people from the Cincinnati community, while giving the underserved an opportunity to take care of their health and enjoy a free meal in a restaurant-type atmosphere.
Heart Institute Doctor Stresses Importance of Education to Local Students
TriHealth Reminds Kids That Learning Is Cool
Sai Hanumanthu MD, of the TriHealth Heart Institute, spoke to students at Silverton Paideia Academy on Tuesday, Dec. 8 during Learning Is Cool. The event, put on by the Marvin Lewis Community Fund, emphasizes the importance of education and staying in in school.
Domata Peko, defensive tackle for the Cincinnati Bengals, and Michael Lorenzen, pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds, spoke at the event as well.
“Coach Lewis instills in all the students he meets, whether it’s in a school setting or at our Youth Football Camp, that education is the key to a better life,” says Barbara Dundee, Executive Director of the Marvin Lewis Community Fund. “Now in its eighth year in Cincinnati Public Schools, the program has shown remarkable success and continued growth in the numbers of Honor Roll achievements.”
TriHealth is a proud partner of the Marvin Lewis Community Fund and sponsor for the Learning is Cool program.
Learning Is Cool started in 2008 to help fulfill Marvin Lewis’ passion for raising the education level of the generally underserved urban population and operates in four urban school districts, including more than 29,700 students in the current school year.
Two TriHealth Practices Have Nearly 100 Percent Staff Participation at Brown County Fair
Together We Triumph
Bethel and Georgetown family practices represented TriHealth in the Brown County Fair Parade on Sept. 28, with nearly 100 percent staff participation. More than 100 floats rode in the parade.
“Our practices have always participated in the Brown County Fair parade but this year we had the honor of representing our new TriHealth Family! ‘Together We Triumph’ is TriHealth's motto and believe me, it couldn't represent our practices and the adversities we have faced any better,” Shawna Slack RMA, CPT, CXMO, associate practice administrator for both practices, says. “We are thankful and honored to be apart of the TriHealth organization and we want to show the community we are here to stay.”
The Fair, also known as the Little State Fair, started in 1850. Learn more.
TriHealth Sponsors First-Ever Rusty Races
Event Raises $24,676 to Support Local Non-Profits
In an effort to continue improving the health status of the people we serve, TriHealth sponsored the first-ever Rusty Races. The race, held on July 19, included two 5k races, a kids’ run and a post-race party, with live music by The Rusty Griswolds.
“We had nearly 375 participants representing almost 60 local non-profits and we raised a total of $24,676,” explains Steve Frisch, Founder and President of The Spirit of Cincinnatus. “Thank you for helping us launch what I think will be another winner!”
Coney Island and The Rusty Griswolds joined together to create the event. Proceeds and donations will go to local charities, distributed by The Spirit of Cincinnatus, a non-profit charitable organization meant to support and promote Greater Cincinnati’s non-profit community.
TriHealth Community Service Challenge
$39,704.74 Raised for Local Charities
This spring 11 different service lines, departments and ERG’s participated in the 2015 Community Service Initiative, organizing efforts to raise money for the charity of their choice. Each team determined how they would raise money, and while some groups hosted their own competitions including raffles, lunches, and games, others held volunteer days, set up collection sites within their department or simply provided an opportunity to donate money.
For the second year in a row Service Access brought home the grand prize, which will be donated to Matthew 25 Ministries on their behalf. Service Access brought in more than $15,000 in cash and in-kind donations. Their collection was so significant they were running out of room to hold items before their trip to Matthew 25 Ministries to make the donations. Way to go, Service Access!
Teams earned points by collecting monetary donations, in-kind donations, and volunteer hours. Based on the number of points earned, teams were also entered into an additional drawing where three teams received a $250 donation to their organization – winners were Norwood SBO/Faces without Places, URGE/Caracole and Mobile Mammography/Healing Center Cincinnati.
The 2015 Community Service Initiative was by and large a success, generating a 10 percent increase in donations over 2014, totaling $39,704.74 donated to Cincinnati non-profits. A list of all of the participating teams and benefitting non-profits are below:
Team TriHealth Preps Tour de Cure 2015
Director of IT Audit, Bruce Miller, Riding for Little Sammy
Bruce Miller says he’s participating in the Tour de Cure for his neighbor, "little Sammy."
“Sammy loves sports of all sorts, but he has type 1 diabetes and unstable blood-sugar levels, so he can’t participate,” Bruce says. “So I ride for a cure for Sammy, and for his parents who need to check his blood sugar and adjust his insulin just about every hour of every day.”
Miller, director of IT Audit, is TriHealth’s team captain for the Tour de Cure, a cycling event to support the American Diabetes Association. This year’s ride will take place Saturday, June 13 and take participants on different route lengths around Greater Cincinnati, starting from Riverside Park in Milford.
For more information, or to join or support Team TriHealth, visit the Team TriHealth page.
For TriHealth's support of the Tour de Cure, John Prout, CEO, was recognized and made an honorary member of Team TriHealth. Terri Hanlon, COO of Corporate Health and board member and corporate recruitment chairwoman of the ADA's event, presented Prout with a Tour de Cure jersey; Bruce Miller presented him with a TriHealth jersey.
TriHealth Participates in Green-Up Day
Beautifying Our Community One Tree at a Time
For the second year in a row, TriHealth Green Committees and other volunteers, including friends and family members, joined Cincinnati Parks to celebrate Earth Day by beautifying French Park.
On Saturday, April 18, volunteers laid fresh mulch around trees and in the flower beds of the 275-acre French Park in Amberley Village. It was a great day followed by lunch for all of the volunteers.
TriHealth Sponsors IceFest 2015
One of the City of Sculpture's Most Prolific Events
For the first time, TriHealth sponsored IceFest, an annual ice carving competition in Hamilton, OH, where local and national carvers chisel ice sculptures, which are then displayed throughout the community. Roughly 200 blocks and 40 tons of ice were used at the event, held on Jan. 16 and 17.
IceFest also included a Technicolor Ice Walk and Human Dog Sled Races.
“IceFest 2015 – Hamilton Goes Hollywood, was extremely pleased to have TriHealth Bethesda Butler join us as a named sponsor for the Live Fire and Ice Carving Event on Friday night. We loved that the folks attending from TriHealth joined an enthusiastic crowd outside the Courtyard by Marriott to watch our talented carvers create a 10-block sculpture representing Hamilton Goes Hollywood. Then, they lit the whole thing on fire. What a show! We look forward to partnering with TriHealth and our other generous sponsors to bring IceFest back to downtown Hamilton in 2017. Thanks, TriHealth!” – Sue Samoviski, IceFest Sponsor Chair
TriHealth Sponsors 100 Students to Attend Mount St. Joseph Women’s Basketball Game Nov. 2
Supporting Local College Freshman Battling Brain Cancer
TriHealth sponsored 100 students from Friars Club, DePaul Cristo Rey High School and Seton High School so they could watch the Mount St. Joseph women’s basketball team compete against Hiram College on Sunday, Nov. 2 at Xavier University’s Cintas Center. The game, which sold out in less than an hour, was played two weeks early to allow Lauren Hill, a 19-year-old Mt. Saint Joseph college freshman, fulfill her dream of playing in a college basketball game.
Lauren was diagnosed with a rare, inoperable pediatric brain cancer, Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) on Nov. 20, 2013, nearly two months after committing to play for the Mount. Since then, she has become a national advocate for spreading DIPG awareness to help generate the funding necessary for research trials. Ticket sales from the game went toward brain cancer research.
“The girls had a great time at the game. We all prayed together after getting off the bus. The girls loved Lauren!” – Annie Timmons, Executive Director of Friars Club
TriHealth Presents the Pink Football Award at Football 101
Raising Breast Cancer Awareness and Educating Those about the Disease
Dr. Jessica Guarnaschelli, of the TriHealth Cancer Institute, presented the Pink Football Award (presented by TriHealth) to breast cancer survivor Jill Conley at the 11th Annual Football 101 on Thursday, Sept. 25 at Paul Brown Stadium. Jill, diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009, followed by a short remission in January 2012, started Jill’s Wish Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping families minimize their financial struggle while they go through cancer so they can put all their energy toward focusing on recovery.
“We are very appreciative of the support that TriHealth gives to the Marvin Lewis Community Fund. We hope that the combined power of our two organizations – one big and one small – can continue to make a difference in our community. TriHealth being the presenting sponsor of the Pink Football Award for the survivor of the year, allows us to bring awareness of the importance of early detection, not just to the 450 women at Football 101, but to all who hear about our call for submissions for the award. Breast cancer can strike women of any age as shown by this year’s honoree, Jill Conley, who was only 32 when she was diagnosed. Five and a half years ago, we at the Fund lost a dear friend when my predecessor, Sharon Thomas, passed away from complications related to breast cancer, so this part of our community outreach is very personal to us. Thank you to everyone at TriHealth who helps to get the word out!” – Barbara Dundee, Executive Director, Marvin Lewis Community Fund
During Football 101, presented by the Marvin Lewis Community Fund, Head Coach Marvin Lewis and members of the Bengals’ coaching staff explained the rules of football to nearly 450 attendees, giving women the opportunity to learn the game through hands-on demonstrations, video presentations and tours of the locker room, weight room and playing field.
TriHealth Sponsors Friars Club
Helping Cincinnati’s Underserved Youth Grow Build Healthy Bodies, Minds and Spirits
As a sponsor of Friars Club, we’re excited to announce they have a new home on the grounds of Roger Bacon High School. TriHealth is proud to sponsor all of the team uniforms as well as one of the gym scoreboards. Additionally, we’re working with the staff to provide Power Packs (a pack containing dozens of shelf-stable and kid friendly food items) to the kids on weekends.
“TriHealth has been a life saver to the Friars Club. We ask and they give. Their generosity and willingness to help us here at Friars has truly put smiles on the faces of our kids. Our new building sat empty until TriHealth filled it with tables, chairs, trash cans, flowers, a score board and more. They have helped us keep the kids in our program healthy and happy! Our community service project, partnered us up at the Free Store with the employees of TriHealth – this was fun for the kids, teaching them the value of community and sharing their time with and for others. Friars is glad to have TriHealth on our team.” – Annie Timmons, Executive Director of the Friars Club
Friars Club, established in 1860, is a non-profit social service organization dedicated to serving the special needs of Cincinnati’s at-risk children through organized sports, activity, nutrition and fitness.
TriHealth Employees Raise More than $6,000 for the Free Store Food Bank
Helping Kick off Hunger Action Month
TriHealth employees raised more than $6,000 in duck sales for the Free Store Food Bank through the 20th Annual Rubber Duck Regatta.
During the event, held Sunday, Aug. 31, the day of the Cincinnati Bell/WEBN Fireworks, almost 2,000 ducks were dropped from the Purple People Bridge, raising nearly a million dollars for the Free Store Food Bank. The Regatta kicked off Hunger Action Month, a nationwide campaign dedicated to mobilizing the public to take action on the issue of hunger. At least 100 other cities host duck regattas to raise money for food pantries and other charities.
TriHealth Has 25 Participants Ride in 2014 Bike MS
Mobilizing People and Resources to Drive Research for a Cure
TriHealth had 25 riders participate in Bike MS on Saturday, Aug. 23 in Oregonia, OH. Proceeds from the event went toward the National MS Society, an organization dedicated to mobilizing people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS.
“The Ohio Valley Chapter is incredibly encouraged to see the increased presence of the TriHealth Trailblazers at Bike MS,” Edward Rauen, Chapter President, says. “The team grew from seven riders in 2013 to 25 in 2014. One team member, Sarah Klein, completed her first century ride; covering 100 miles in one day! Thank you to the 2014 TriHealth Trailblazers for raising more than $7,000, so far, to change the world for people living with multiple sclerosis. The National MS Society looks forward to further cultivating an already strong relationship with our TriHealth partners.”
TriHealth Partners with Green Umbrella
Uniting Organizations Dedicated to Environmental Sustainability to Make the Greatest Impact
In our mission to improve the green environment of our community, we are proud – and excited – to be a corporate partner for Green Umbrella. Green Umbrella is a non-profit organization, working to improve the economic vitality and quality of life in Cincinnati, by maximizing the collective impact of all individuals and organizations that are dedicated to environmental sustainability.
"Green Umbrella is thrilled to partner with TriHealth to promote the outdoor recreational opportunities for people of all ages throughout our Greater Cincinnati region. Our www.MeetMeOutdoors.com site is a one-stop source of information about outdoor events as well as our parks, trails, rivers, campgrounds and even dog parks! Connecting children to nature – and adults to fun and challenging outdoor activities – helps us all live healthier lives," said Brewster Rhoads, Executive Director of Green Umbrella.
Taste of the NFL
Coach Marvin Lewis with JDRF ambassador, Luke
TriHealth Teams with the Bengals to Support the Freestore Foodbank
As the presenting sponsor for Taste of the NFL, held on June 11 at Paul Brown Stadium, we’re supporting Freestore Foodbank, an organization that distributes food to those who need it most in the Cincinnati Community. Nearly 100,000 children living in the 20 counties the Freestore Foodbank serves are food insecure, meaning they don’t know how they’ll get their next meal.
This year’s proceeds will go entirely to support the Power Pack Program. These bags of food, known as Power Packs, are sent home with students in need each Friday during the school year to ensure they have something to eat on weekends. Each Pack contains about a dozen food items, which are shelf-stable and kid-friendly, including canned fruit, 2% milk, cereal, red beans and rice, and applesauce.
"We truly appreciate TriHealth's support as we work to provide 18.5 million meals to children and families in need each year," said Freestore Foodbank President and CEO Kurt Reiber. "Events like the Taste of the NFL presented by TriHealth help our efforts to alleviate hunger in the communities where we live and work."
Taste of the NFL featured dinner by the bite, a silent auction and guest appearances from Cincinnati Bengals alums, coaches, Ben-Gals cheerleaders, and current players, like Bengals running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis.
Cradle Cincinnati: Trihealth fuels collaboration aiming to reduce infant mortality
Cradle Cincinnati’s bold goal is that every baby born in Hamilton County will live to see his or her first birthday. To get there, we must work together as one community. So, TriHealth has joined with other health and civic organizations in Cincinnati to identify the root causes of infant deaths and implement innovative solutions that will save lives.
Many of our babies lives could be saved if, as a community, we invest in three key areas: preventing prematurity by increasing the amount of time between each woman’s pregnancies, reducing tobacco use and other substance abuse in pregnancy, and promoting safe sleep for babies.
In June of 2014, TriHealth was pleased to announce a multi-year commitment to Cradle Cincinnati. “As the largest provider of maternal care in our region, TriHealth is absolutely critical to our success,” said Ryan Adcock, Executive Director of Cradle Cincinnati. “It’s clear that healthy babies and healthy moms are central to the mission of TriHealth.” The money will be invested in collaborative improvements to prenatal care, public health messaging campaigns and community outreach.
The 11th Annual Closing the Health Gap Expo
Bringing Health Care Access Directly to the Cincinnati Community
The 2014 Closing the Health Gap Expo was held on April 26 in Washington Park. Thanks to 600 volunteers, including our own TriHealth employees, the Expo brought health care acess directly to those in the Cincinnati community who need it. The event featured day-long forums with healthcare experts, and attendees were encouraged to take advantage of a comprehensive range of free health screenings.
This year, the Expo had 15,000 people in attendance and 4,500 health screenings were performed. “TriHealth has been an invaluable partner to the Health Gap for years. Their contribution to our annual Health Expo — both financial and by conducting health screenings — helps us to improve the health of Cincinnati’s most vulnerable populations,” says Dwight Tillery, Founder, President and CEO of The Center for Closing the Health Gap.
The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati Partnership
Collaboration Boosts Community Awareness
In an effort to educate the community about walk-in illness and injury care options available through TriHealth Priority Care, TriHealth partnered with The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, Local 12, WKRC-TV, and The Cincinnati Reds on a unique promotion.
The public was invited to attend one of two open houses held at the Priority Care Mason and Glenway locations to meet Local 12, WKRC-TV’s Bob Herzog (lead in The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati production of Willy Wonka) and receive a chocolate bar with the potential of an enclosed golden ticket.
A booth on Fountain Square during Reds’ Opening Day Rally on the Square also afforded people the chance to win. Five lucky golden ticket winners and their guests, joined Bob Herzog on the mound as he threw out the first pitch at the April 11th Reds game. They also received prize packages with Reds and The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati tickets and kids' club memberships.
In addition to exposing children to the arts and professional sports, this collaboration provided essential information on the accessibility and appropriate use of medical services in Cincinnati. People attending the open houses all received personal tours of the TriHealth Priority Care centers and information on when and how to seek medical care.
"As an organization that values collaboration, we can say unequivocally that our experience partnering with TriHealth for Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka JR was outstanding. Not only did the partnership allow us to gain exposure and build awareness, but also it furthered our mission, engaging the community as a whole, like never before. Hand in hand with TriHealth, we were able to creatively reach out into the greater Cincinnati area, driving potential audience members (and patients) to TriHealth Priority Care locations via the Golden Ticket giveaway, participating in Opening Day with a booth (and Oompa Loompas) on Fountain Square and a float in a prime Parade location," explains Kim Deaton, Managing Director, The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati.
"Also, thousands witnessed Bob Herzog of Local 12, WKRC-TV (our very own Willy Wonka) throw out the first pitch at a Cincinnati Reds game. Additionally, we had incredible coverage both on television and through social media. We are so grateful for TriHealth’s support and involvement with The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati," she adds.
Santa Maria Community Services Center
TriHealth Unveils Nook for Books at Santa Maria
The TriHealth Young Professionals Employee Resource Group unveiled the TriHealth Nook for Books on Wednesday, May 14 at the Santa Maria Community Services Center in Price Hill. The group assembled a book shelf and table with chairs, and collected more than 800 books for readers 7 years old and younger.
A “Wild About Reading” Block Party followed the ribbon-cutting ceremony and included food, drinks, children’s games, book readings and guest appearances from Gapper, of the Cincinnati Reds, and Who Dey, of the Cincinnati Bengals.
“We are so thankful to the staff of TriHealth for their support in creating a book nook, here at Santa Maria, to encourage literacy among our families,” says Laura Brinson MEd., Wellness Program Director at Santa Maria Community Services. “This area helps us fulfill our mission of empowering Greater Price Hill families as they achieve sustainable health, housing, and family life."
The Young Professionals Group also holds a monthly reading program at the Center on the first Thursday of each month.
Hospice of Cincinnati and Fernside Summertime Classic
Community Collaboration Helps Serve Grieving Children and Their Families
TriHealth, in coordination with Bethesda Inc., sponsor Hospice of Cincinnati, an organization dedicated to offering comprehensive, personalized end-of-life care.
The 13th annual Hospice of Cincinnati and Fernside Summertime Classic was held May 18 and May 19. The event featured a dinner and auction as well as a golf outing, with all proceeds supporting Fernside, an affiliate of Hospice of Cincinnati that supports children and families through grief.
“As the philanthropic arm of Bethesda North Hospital, Bethesda Butler Hospital, Hospice of Cincinnati, and Fernside Center for Grieving Children, the Bethesda Foundation recognizes that contributions help create the margin of excellence which make these organizations leaders in the local healthcare community. The support we receive from our partners at TriHealth is critical to the success of our events, and in turn, the programs they support.” – Andy Swallow, CFRE, President & CEO, Bethesda Foundation
TriHealth Sponsors Cincinnati Pride Booth
Ensuring That LGBT Employees and Patients Feel Comfortable and Valued.
On Saturday, May 31st, TriHealth partnered with the Cincinnati PRIDE festival for the first time. Our Employee Resource Group, URGE (United Resource Group for Equality), volunteered to work the booth, where they provided thousands of PRIDE attendees with information about TriHeallth and our mission to be an all-inclusive health care system. Attendees expressed excitement when they saw our booth.
Specific targeted marketing materials were provided at the booth including an LGBT friendly recruitment ad (download flyer) and an URGE profile card. We are excited about the support and progress that we have made and look forward to participating again in 2015.
TriHealth is pleased to sponsor the JDRF Youth Ambassador Program
This past year JDRF rolled out their first JDRF Official Youth Ambassador Program. This was a group of 17 Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) kids, ranging from ages 3 to 17, who were chosen from an application process. These were the faces of T1D that were used in marketing materials, in our local communities. They also represented JDRF on local morning news programs to talk about life with T1D. These kids contributed to the "Table of Hope" that was auctioned off at the Cincinnatians of the Year Gala as well as participated in the "Fund a Cure" during the live auction.
TriHealth is pleased to be the exclusive sponsor of the JDRF Youth Ambassador Program and to have the opportunity to share unique professional and community engagement opportunities with such an exceptional group of young people.
Coach Marvin Lewis with JDRF ambassador, Luke
Enrollment for the second class of Youth Ambassadors is now open through June 30. The time commitment is July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015.
This Isn’t All We Do…
Through the Good Samaritan Free Health Center, for example, we’ve helped thousands of people who struggle with costs of – or access to – health care. About 500 people a month from around the city receive care at the Center from volunteer doctors, nurses, dentists, hygienists, interpreters and physical therapists.