Sarah Bills McElfresh, a nurse practitioner with Commonwealth Orthopaedic Centers, has been involved with the Arthritis Foundation in Cincinnati since her daughter, Ila, was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis as a toddler.
The staff at Commonwealth has rallied in support by assembling teams to participate in the Arthritis Foundation's events each year. At this year's Walk to Cure Arthritis in May, Commonwealth fielded the largest team with 162 walkers.
"Commonwealth Orthopaedic Centers is really an important partner in helping us make a difference in the lives of people with arthritis, not just through our fund raising events but also with many of our other programs. It's been huge to have their involvement," Precht says.
In 2017, for example, Commonwealth CEO JoAnn Reis will serve as the 2017 corporate chair of the Walk to Cure Arthritis. "Our organization really makes a point to support orthopaedic-related issues, such as arthritis, because orthopaedics is what we specialize in. One way we can really help make a difference for our patients is to support organizations like the Arthritis Foundation," Reis says.