Foundation adds expertise to Board of Directors

The Mayfield Education & Research Foundation has added two community health care leaders to the Board of Directors, strengthening expertise to boost our mission of advancing the care of patients with brain and spine disorders through leading-edge education and research.

photo: Dr. James Horn
Dr. James Horn
photo: Marla Santos Silliman
Marla Santos Silliman

The new board members are Marla Santos Silliman, senior vice president of hospital operations for the Good Samaritan region at TriHealth; and Dr. James Horn, senior vice president, chief patient service officer and chief quality officer at St. Elizabeth Healthcare.

“Strengthening our collaborations with the region’s leading health systems is a top priority at the Mayfield Education & Research Foundation, and we are confident that Marla and Jim will help catapult the Foundation to even greater impact on our patients and communities,” said Dr. William Tobler, board chairman.

Among the developing plans for the Foundation are the Institute for Complex Cranial Surgery, a region-wide initiative that will unite the neurosurgeons of Mayfield Brain & Spine and hospital leadership to transform Greater Cincinnati into a national destination for leading-edge brain tumor care.

Silliman has been at TriHealth since 2018. She earned a nursing degree from Atlantic Union College and her MBA from the Hagan School of Business at Iona College. She is responsible for promoting the TriHealth mission, core values and vision through effective operational processes, quality initiatives and financial management.

Dr. Horn joined St. Elizabeth in 2014. He oversees efforts to partner with the entire health system to work towards the goals of zero harm and high reliability. Dr. Horn graduated from the Ohio State University College of Medicine and completed a four-year residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

Founded in 1978, the Mayfield Education & Research Foundation seeks to advance the Mayfield legacy of innovation in clinical care, education and research. Initiatives include the Mayfield Surgical Innovation Center, a training facility for the next generation of neurosurgeons and providers; a growing clinical trial and research program; education programs including the Winter Clinics for Cranial and Spinal Surgery and the Keller Lectureship; and public health initiatives including the online “Brain Talks” and “Back Talks” webinar series.

Cliff Peale, Senior Writer/Media Relations Specialist
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