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December 03, 2013

ORANGE PARK, FL  – In addition to saving lives at Orange Park Medical Center as a practicing Neurosurgeon, Mark Spatola, M.D. (Orange Park Neurosurgery), has taken his passion for his work and has expanded it to educate people around the world to prevent brain injuries before they can even become a serious risk.

As newly appointed Chairman-Elect of the Board of Directors of ThinkFirst, National Injury Prevention Foundation, Dr. Spatola is helping lead the way for both local and global education, research and advocacy to prevent brain, spinal cord and traumatic injury.

At the recent World Congress of neurosurgery in Seoul, South Korea, Dr. Spatola spoke on the need for fellow neurosurgeons to also take a lead role, helping save countless people from the devastation these types of injuries create as well as the tremendous cost in healthcare spending and the residual economic toll it takes on both families and the society at large.

“Helping to prevent traumatic brain and spine injury in our country and throughout the world begins by focusing on the local community,” said Dr. Spatola. “This past year we enacted a program for Clay County high school students to provide concussion screenings and now they have neuropsychological testing software donated by Orange Park Medical Center, the local tertiary hospital in the county. This is a great example of how everyone and any organization can get involved.”

Chad Patrick, CEO of Orange Park Medical Center commented, “Dr. Spatola is an incredible individual and I am thankful for all he does for our patients and this community. Clearly, the work he is helping ThinkFirst accomplish is what makes Dr. Spatola such a special person.”

ThinkFirst, through its178 U.S. and international chapters have provided more than 6,000 injury prevention presentations to students across the country, completed studies and papers on ThinkFirst programs, and ran a nationwide advocacy campaign with Schwinn called Helmets on Heads, providing educational assemblies, free helmets, public service announcements and news coverage in twenty cities coast to coast to promote the use of bicycle helmets.

For more information regarding ThinkFirst and how you can get involved, please visit thinkfirst.org.

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