This Week: Friday, August 18, 2017

Week of August 18, 2017

Make Sure to Submit Your Nominations for Donald Guthrie Distinguished Provider Award

Guthrie is asking patients, employees, and the Twin Tiers community to nominate Guthrie providers for the Donald Guthrie Distinguished Provider Award. This award recognizes providers who have gone above and beyond to provide outstanding service that has made a meaningful difference to the patients we care for.

Any Guthrie provider can be nominated. These include: physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, midwives, optometrists, physical therapists and dieticians. Nominations need to include the name of the provider, as well as information on how that provider made an impact on your, or a loved one’s, life. Nominations may be made anonymously, and do not have a required word limit.

Click here to download the form. Drop off boxes for completed nominations are in the clinic reception areas, regional offices or on the desk in the atrium lobby or email your story to Nominations are due by Sept. 22.

Guthrie Gala Tickets On Sale Now

There are only 24 days left until the 2017 Guthrie Gala. All proceeds from the Guthrie Gala support the Sayre House of Hope which provides comfort, compassion, and support during some of our patients' most difficult times. The Sayre House of Hope is celebrating its 10 year anniversary this year. Get your tickets now and become a part of their legacy.

Tickets for the Guthrie Gala are on sale now at the Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital Gift Shop, by visiting, or by contacting Nichole Cocco in Resource Development at 570-887-4420. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Please visit for more details.

Guthrie Veterans Recognize … the 62nd Anniversary of Code of Conduct Order

On  August 17, almost 62 years ago, Executive Order 10631 - Code of Conduct for Members of the Armed Forces of the United States was prescribed by president Dwight D. Eisenhower. Today, every member of the armed forces of the United States is expected to embody the standards set out in this code, which is an important part of U.S. military doctrine and tradition. The code is an ethics guide and a United States Department of Defense directive consisting of six articles to members of the United States Armed Forces, addressing how they should act in a variety of different situations. 

Guthrie anesthesiologist, Dr. Michael Farrell spent 18 years serving under this code in the U.S. Army. One part of his service that resonated with him was the rich culture, history and tradition that came with serving and the sense of unity among those who served together, all things that are bolstered by this executive order. 

Dr. Farrell decided to join the army when he was just a child, saying, "I just felt like I always needed to do it." Many people in his family served in the army including his grandfather who served in World War II, his father who served in Vietnam and his uncle who served in Desert Storm. Dr. Farrell remained committed to his childhood plan and enlisted in the army when he was 18 years old.

During his years in the army, which began in 1996, Dr. Farrell held a variety of positions beginning as a combat medic for 6 years. After receiving his medical degree through the health professions scholarship program, Dr. Farrell continued his service including a deployment to a combat hospital in Afghanistan for 8 months in 2012.

Dr. Farrell says he is thankful for his time served in the army and has learned a lot. The culture of the military taught him that no matter who a person is or what their background, we should always be there for one another. This lesson particularly has translated into his current work as an anesthesiologist at Guthrie because each patient he sees, regardless of any other circumstances, is given his all.  

Thank you to Dr. Farrell for sharing his experience and for his service to our country.

ACR Select Imaging Decision Support Postponed

Due to an unanticipated issue discovered during testing of the new ACR Select application, the Go-Live date of August 26 for ACR Select imaging decision support will be postponed until this fall. ACR Select imaging decision support is a program that uses evidence-based appropriate use criteria (AUC) to determine if an imaging order is appropriate based on the patient’s age, gender, and reason for exam. The new Go-live date will be announced as soon as the best solution to the issue has been determined. We apologize for the confusion and want to make sure our providers are prepared for this exciting change.

Third Year Resident Signs for Faculty Position

Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital family medicine resident, Kelcie Sprentall, has accepted a position with Guthrie faculty next year. She will be working in the Athens Clinic after completing her third year. Welcome to the team, Dr. Sprentall!

Corning Hospital to Host Rural Trauma Team Development Course

There will be two Rural Trauma Team Development courses at Guthrie Corning Hospital Niagara and Seneca Conference Rooms on Thursday, September 7 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Tuesday, September 26 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. This course is designed to improve the quality of care to the rural trauma patient by addressing common problems, initial assessment, and stabilization of the injured. The class is limited to 30 attendees. Please RSVP by August 30 to Kristy Diffenderfer, RN at 607-937-7456.

Reminder - Scheduled Power Outage on Sayre Campus – August 18

There will be a campus wide power outage on Friday, August 18 beginning at 10 p.m. until around 4 a.m. Saturday morning. The outage will affect all buildings on the Sayre campus. The emergency generators will be engaged at approximately 8 p.m. Please remember to turn off all computers that are not in use to prevent any lost information. Also, make sure that computers which are required to stay on are plugged into an emergency power outlet (red outlets). Please contact Anita Kingsbauer with any questions or concerns at 570-887-4317.

Best Wishes to Summer Interns

Thank you to each of Guthrie’s summer interns for all of the hard work they put in this summer. Last week some of our interns from the Internal Audit and Compliance Department, Human Resources, IT and Finance invited their managers, department mentors and parents to listen to short presentations about what their internship experience entailed for the summer. Managers also thanked their interns with lunch and cake, and the students had the opportunity to introduce their parents to their mentors, as well as senior leaders who participated in the interns’ Lunch & Learn series. We wish all of our summer interns the best of luck on their next steps. 

Heart Failure Study Recognized

Guthrie,  Dr. Kaluski and the research team was recognized this month as a top enroller for the Heart Failure Optimization Study. The successful team includes Principal Investigator Dr. Kaluski, study coordinators Donna Tyburczy, RN and Allison Caccia, RN along with Sub-Investigators Mrinalini Krishnan, M.D. and Guy Rogers PA-C. Information about the study is available on – search NCT03016754. 

This study is designed as a multi-center prospective observational study of newly diagnosed Heart Failure (HF) patients to test the hypothesis that additional Ejection Fraction (EF) recovery occurs between 90 and 180 days as Guideline Directed Medical Therapy (GDMT) is achieved. Although the study doesn't start until day 90, all eligible, consenting patients will be entered into a registry at the start of wearable cardioverter defibrillator (WCD) use. The pre-study registry will allow us to collect early (90 day) outcomes and data in those patients who are likely to be eligible for the study at day 90, or are eligible, but refuse the study at day 90.

Nice job everyone.

Guthrie Physician Featured Speaker at iMatter Banquet and Festival

Dr. Brian Cassetta was one of the featured speakers at the 7th Annual iMatter Banquet that took place at First Arena in Elmira on August 8. The iMatter Foundation mission is to eradicate death due to suicide and drug addiction by spreading a message of hope, value and purpose. 

Hot Jobs This Week

Guthrie is looking for qualified candidates to fill the following positions:

Job #109463 – Supervisor, Anticoagulation – Full time, Sayre

Job #109517 – Clinical Instructor – Part time, Corning

Job #109582 – Registered Dietitian, Food and Nutrition Services – Full time, Sayre

Job #109629 - Athletic Trainer, Sports Medicine – Full Time, Sayre

Job #109632 - Physical Therapist, Physical Therapy – Full Time, Sayre

To see these and other available jobs, click here to visit the careers page. If you know someone looking to join a great health care team, please pass along the job posting. 


Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital Hosts Volunteer Picnic

Volunteers from Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital attended their annual summer picnic in August. Thank you to each volunteer across all of Guthrie’s locations for the donation of service and time that they provide to help make Guthrie a great place to receive care.

Events Across the Guthrie System

Guthrie Auxiliary Linen Sale in Troy

  • Friday, August 18 – 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Guthrie Troy Community Hospital conference room.

Guthrie Cardiac and Vascular Support Group - August 23 - from 2 - 4 p.m. in the board room of the School of Nursing building on the Guthrie Sayre campus. Please call 570-887-2324 to RSVP. 

Guthrie Gala – September 9 – 6 p.m. in the Guthrie Clinic Atrium on the Guthrie Sayre campus. Visit the Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital Gift Shop or to purchase tickets. 

Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshop 

  • Monday, September 18 – 12 – 2:30 p.m. in the Guthrie Corning Hospital Seneca Conference Room.
  • Thursday, September 21 – 5:30 – 8 p.m. in the Guthrie Corning Hospital Seneca Conference Room.

Fidelity One-on-One Meetings

  • Tuesday, September 19 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Guthrie Southport Clinic.
  • Wednesday, September 20 – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Guthrie Hospice (Sayre HR).
  • Thursday, September 21 – 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital. 

Rural Trauma Team Development Course

  • Thursday, September 7 – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Corning Hospital Niagara and Seneca Conference Rooms.
  • Tuesday, September 26 – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Corning Hospital Niagara and Seneca Conference Rooms.