This Week: Friday, December 8, 2017

Week of December 8, 2017

CEO Video

In the December CEO Video, Dr. Joseph Scopelliti and a number of teams across Guthrie share a message of thankfulness and holiday wishes.

Guthrie Welcomes New Providers

Guthrie is proud to announce the arrival of the following new providers who recently joined the organization:

Laura Leonard, MD, FAAP, Pediatrics, Sayre

Jennifer Coseo, MD, FAAP, Pediatrics, Sayre

Christopher Wawrzusin, AGNP-C, Internal Medicine, Big Flats

Melissa Cantellops, FNP, General Surgery, Sayre

Sharon Coughlin, MS, APRN, FNP-BC, Pediatrics, Sayre

Kimberly Bissel, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Sayre

Danielle Terry PhD, Psychology, Sayre

Drew Koch, DO, Emergency Medicine, Sayre

Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit Granted Four Star Rating

The Skilled Nursing Unit at Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital has been granted a Four Star overall quality rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Nursing Home Compare. 

Staci Covey, President of Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital, said, “Guthrie is proud to offer excellent care for residents of our Skilled Nursing Unit at Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital. Our dedicated staff members work hard to ensure the best possible outcomes for each patient.”

The ratings are calculated using data from health inspections, staffing and quality of resident care measures. The four star rating was given from a possible five stars. 

Updated Holiday Gift Pick Up Schedule

Click here for the updated and final schedule for pick up of your holiday gift of a ham, turkey or cheesecake. Please make sure that you pick up your gift during the alloted time on the schedule. If you do not pick up your gift during that scheduled time, it will be sent back to Keck’s due to a lack of space to store any unclaimed gifts. Gifts will not be available at a later date. If you have a question about where your gift is being delivered, please reach out to your manager to look on the original order forms that were sent to them. The delivery location on that form is highlighted in yellow. Thank you to all Guthrie team members this holiday season who contribute to the care of our patients and the success of the organization.

Guthrie Physician Elected to Committee for Continuing Medical Education

Dr. Ram Sharma, Guthrie Internal Medicine in Sayre, was recently elected to a three year term on the Committee for Review and Recognition of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (CME). Dr. Sharma was thanked for his commitment to the CME enterprise, particularly the ACCME’s intrastate accreditation system, and his willingness to share his time and experience. Congratulations to Dr. Sharma!

Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital and Mansfield University Scholarship Dinner

The Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital and Mansfield University Scholarship dinner was held last month in Sayre. The guest speaker, Dr. Susan Hohenhaus, Director of Patient Safety at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital, spoke about “The Road Less Traveled”. 

A total of 51 scholarships were awarded to current Mansfield students totaling $132,000. Recipients were chosen based on criteria such as: academic standing, financial need, positive attitude, participation in voluntary activities, demonstrating a caring compassionate attitude and a desire to succeed in the nursing field. 

Congratulations to all the recipients!

Guthrie Human Resources First GEM Award Winner

The Human Resources Department is proud to announce its first GEM award winner, Randy Morrison! The Guthrie Employee Making-a-difference award recipient truly exhibits the values and spirit of patient centeredness, excellence and teamwork. Randy works in the Environmental Services Department and has been with Guthrie since 1989. He is pictured with Cori Belles, his managers Becky Cassellbury and Terrie Blauvelt as well as members of the Human Resources Team. Here is a sound byte of Randy's powerful words about why he loves what he does. Congratulations Randy and thank you for all you do at Guthrie.

Smoking Cessation Offered for Cancer Patients

Guthrie now offers the American Lung Association’s Freedom from Smoking program for cancer patients. Our Certified Trainer provides an 8-session smoking cessation program focused on biological, psychological and social/cultural links to smoking. Each participant will receive a Freedom from Smoking kit to assist with the cessation process. The class will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 3 at 10 a.m. in the Cancer Center Conference Room on the Guthrie Sayre campus. Attendance is required at all sessions: Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24, 26, 31, Feb. 7, 10. This program is free to attend but advance registration is required. Please contact Emily Scrivener, MSW for more information or to register at 570-887-2721 or

Nursing Referral Bonus - It's In Our Hands

Guthrie offers an opportunity for each of our employees to be recognized for helping to continue our tradition of excellence. A referral bonus is available to Guthrie employees who refer an experienced RN that we hire.  

We know that our best nurses are those referred by people who truly enjoy their work here. Who better to offer insight into why other talented people should join Guthrie than the ones who are already part of our team?

Please watch this short video to learn more about this exciting opportunity.

Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital to Implement PeopleSoft

Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital will implement the PeopleSoft Human Resources and Payroll system beginning on Dec. 18 and the PeopleSoft Financials/Supply Chain system beginning on Jan. 1. This is an exciting step in the process to integrate Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital with the larger Guthrie system.

With this change, searching for and bidding on jobs at Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital will be easier, as it will be done using the same process as all other Guthrie jobs. You may view Towanda jobs in PeopleSoft beginning on Dec. 18 by visiting the careers page from 

For employees at Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital, training is available to aid with the transition, both through Guthrie Learn and in person. View training dates and information on the intranet page. Employees have also been added to group in Workplace called Towanda PeopleSoft Integration. This group is a place to ask questions and find important resources.

December BalanceWorks Newsletter Now Available

The latest edition of the BalanceWorks newsletter, provided by eni, our Employee Assistance provider, is now available. This issue focuses on managing holiday stress while shopping, meal planning and during family gatherings. Please visit the Guthrie Employee Assistance Program intranet page for more details on available services and click here to view the newsletter. 

Breakfast with Santa a Holiday Success

This year’s Breakfast with Santa event in the Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital cafeteria was a hit. About 450 people enjoyed a breakfast buffet and visit with Santa Claus. The event helped to raise money for the Mark Stensager Human Resources Fund. Great work by the teams from Human Resources and Dietary Services who organized this year’s event.

Scheduled Power Outage on Sayre Campus - Dec. 15

There will be a campus wide power outage on Friday, Dec. 15 starting at 10 p.m. that will last approximately 4 hours. 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). In addition to the normal staff, facilities will have electricians and mechanics available to assist with anything unexpected.

Guthrie Southport Office Gives Back

The Guthrie Southport Office recently adopted a family of six for Christmas. The office was able to give each member of the family clothes and a personal item as well as a basket of household items to help make their holiday brighter. 

Student Holiday Performances at Guthrie Sayre Campus

This month there will be a variety of performances across the Guthrie Sayre campus by students from local schools. Such performances include chorus, orchestra and jazz band from students ranging from elementary school to high school. Click here to view the schedule.

Bradford County Manor Donates to Guthrie Cancer Center

Staff at the Bradford County Manor hosted fundraising events for Guthrie's Survivors Day Fund throughout the month of October including t-shirt sales and a bake sale. Diane Sindoni from the Manor delivered the funds to the Guthrie Cancer Center. The Survivor's Day is an annual, nationwide celebration of life to recognize the cancer survivors and guests in our community. Thank you to the Bradford County Manor for their kindness and generosity.

North Building Stairway Out of Service in Sayre - Dec. 12 & 13

The stairway in the North Building will be temporarily out of service on Tuesday, Dec. 12 and Wednesday, Dec. 13 for the door facing the Radiation/Oncology lot to be replaced. Appropriate signage will be on display with an alternate route. Thank you for your cooperation. 

Guthrie Towanda Memoral Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon

Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit recently enjoyed its annual Thanksgiving dinner with residents and their families.

Annual Holiday 20% Off Sale in the Connection Gift Shop Today

Friday, Dec. 8, is the annual holiday 20% off sale in the Connection Gift shop in Sayre. Take advantage of savings on décor, jewelry, cosmetics, apparel and more! Come by today to find great gifts for the holidays at a discounted price. The Connection Gift Shop is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

New Tobacco Signs Now Installed

New tobacco signs have been installed across the Guthrie system as another way to reinforce our refreshed tobacco policy messages. Great work to all involved with the installation.

Hot Jobs This Week

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

Job #110039 – Security Officer – Sayre - Part Time

Job #107527 - Medical Imaging Driver - Sayre - Per Diem

To see this 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.

Events Across the Guthrie System

New York Training for Nurses and Leadership – Dec. 12 – In the Niagara Room at Guthrie Corning Hospital. One session will be held from 12 – 1 p.m. and another from 1 – 2 p.m.

Guthrie Post Concussion Support Group – Dec. 17 – 2 p.m. in the 4 Blue Conference Room located on the fourth floor of the Guthrie Medical Group in Sayre.

Festive Events Across the Guthrie System

Remembrance Tree Lighting Ceremonies Across Guthrie

  • Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital – Dec. 8 - Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Love Light Tree Celebration & Reading of the Names - 7 p.m. in the hospital’s main lobby. 
  • Guthrie Troy Community Hospital – Dec. 14 - Remembrance Tree Ceremony –7 p.m. in the Guthrie Troy Community Hospital Lobby.

Guthrie Employee Holiday Lunches

  • Guthrie Troy Community Hospital – Dec. 12 - 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (day shift), 5 - 6:30 p.m. (evenings) and 1 - 2 a.m. (night shift).
  • Guthrie Corning Hospital – Dec. 13 – Will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. 
  • Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital – Dec. 13 - 10:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (day shift), 4 – 6 p.m. (evening shift) and 12 - 2 a.m. (night shift).
  • Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital – Dec. 13 - 11:30 a.m. (day shift), 5 p.m. (evenings) and 1 a.m. (night shift).

Guthrie Holiday Choir Performances in Sayre

  • Wednesday, Dec. 13 - During the employee luncheon at the Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital Cafeteria in Sayre.
  • Thursday, Dec. 21 - At noon in the Clinic Atrium on Guthrie's Sayre Campus.
  • Friday, Dec. 22 - At noon in the Clinic Atrium on Guthrie's Sayre Campus.