The Atrium Medical Center Foundation will host the Joie de Vivre gala

Proceeds will fund new orthopedic technologies and services for patients in Southwestern Ohio.

SHARONVILLE, Ohio (May 9, 2022)The Atrium Medical Center Foundation will host its fifth triennial gala, Joie de Vivre: an evening to celebrate the joyful movements of life, at the Sharonville Convention Center on Saturday, May 14 from 5:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Profits from the gala, silent auction and raffle will help the Atrium Foundation campaign, joy of movementin the purchase of new orthopedic and spinal services, equipment and technologies for patients who depend on Atrium Medical Center and its subsidiaries.

“Every day at Atrium, we help adults of all ages and abilities rediscover the joy of movement through joint replacements and other advanced orthopedic and spinal procedures,” said Keith Bricking, MD, MBA, FAAEM, President of Atrium Medical Center. “Our entire team is focused on delivering care to patients, close to home, and getting them back to the life they love.”

This year’s gala, originally scheduled for 2020, will pay tribute to Physician Hero, Raymond Kiefhaber, MD. A pioneering orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Kiefhaber practiced in Middletown from 1960 until his retirement in 2010. He served on the Middletown Regional Hospital Board of Trustees for 27 years and served as Chief of Staff from 1971 to 1973 He and his wife, Jean Anne, were strong supporters of the new Atrium Medical Center campus. Dr. Kiefhaber was part of a group of Middletown leaders who established the Atrium Medical Center Foundation in 1984 and currently serves on the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

The gala will also honor two community heroes, Dr. Bruce and Neila Barnes. The couple have lived in the Middletown area for over 60 years. Both Dr. and Mrs. Barnes have left their mark on the hospital and the Foundation. Ms. Barnes’ volunteer work includes chairing the Middletown Area Federation of Women’s Club Charity Ball in 1978 and serving on the Foundation’s Gala Committee since its first event in 2007. Ms. Barnes is a longtime member of the Board of Directors of the Middletown Fine Arts Center, where he won two service awards. He was also president of the Butler County Dental Society. In 2003, the Foundation’s Board of Trustees asked Dr. and Mrs. Barnes to co-chair the Heritage Society, a new initiative made up of supporters who include the Atrium Medical Center Foundation in their estate plans. A two-year term turned into more than 16 years. Under their leadership, the Heritage Society grew to over 100 members.

“Joie de Vivre means exuberant joy of living,” said Michael D. Stautberg, president of the Atrium Medical Center Foundation. “We all long for the pleasure of moving, regardless of our age or physical condition. The funds raised during this gala will have a positive impact in helping our patients with orthopedic needs.

the Joy of living gala will host a silent auction, the proceeds of which will support joy of movement campaign. There will also be a $20 President’s Choice Bourbon Raffle, where one person will win five coveted bourbons and be invited to a bourbon tasting for two with Dr. Bricking and his wife, Cindy. Starting May 9, the community can place their bids on auction and raffle items by visiting The silent auction and raffle will close at 9:30 p.m. on May 14. Selected winners do not need to be present to win.

“The pandemic has prompted us to postpone our gala twice,” said Patricia Miller Gage, president of the Joy of living Gala Committee. “After more than two years, we are thrilled to bring this fun evening of camaraderie. I encourage the community to support our foundation and its local hospital to improve the comfort and care of patients in Southwestern Ohio.

Gala guests will experience a festive evening with cocktails, dinner, dancing, silent auction, raffle and a few fun surprises. This year’s emcee is former Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Ken Anderson.

To buy tickets for this year Joie de Vivre: an evening to celebrate the joyful movements of life gala, please visit, call the Atrium Foundation at (513) 974-5144, or by email

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