This Week: Friday, July 19, 2019

Week of July 19, 2019

High Heat Index Precautions

This weekend the heat index will likely build to 100 degrees or more. Precautions will need to be taken throughout our hospitals and GMG locations.

At All Guthrie hospitals: Facilities will do everything possible to maintain favorable environmental conditions for all. If the heat becomes critical, cooling levels will be reduced in non-patient care areas. Fans and other cooling devices will be available in reduced cooling areas. Staff in non-patient areas can help by closing blinds, turning off lights, raising thermostats to 72 or higher, and turning off computers not related to patient care when leaving on Friday.

At All GMG locations: GMG Facilities Management will adjust thermostats when possible. Do not adjust thermostats manually. Staff in non-patient areas can help by closing blinds, turning off lights and turning off computers not related to patient care when leaving on Friday. For concerns at GMG locations, contact Jim Hawley.

Thomas Avenue Bridge Closure: Wednesday, July 24

Athens Township has scheduled a welding repair to be made to the single lane Thomas Ave. bridge near the employee shuttle lot on Wednesday, July 24. This one-day repair will close the bridge from 8:30 a.m. to approximately noon. The employee shuttle lot will not be accessible from Cayuta St./North Thomas Ave. during this time.

During the time of the repair, Thomas Ave. and the shuttle lot should be accessed from the Packer Ave. bridge in downtown Sayre. Employee shuttle buses will continue to run but be aware that the added downtown traffic may impact the normal travel times. This work is planned weather permitting. Please plan additional travel time as needed. 

To access the shuttle lot from via the Packer Ave. bridge, continue straight on Spring St., past the Milltown bridge. Take first left onto Lehigh Ave., continue through town to the intersection of Desmond St. and Packer Ave., take left over Packer Ave. bridge and follow Thomas Ave. to the left until you reach the employee shuttle lot.

Power Outage: Enterprise Building – July 24

Penelec has announced a planned power outage in the area on Wednesday, July 24 from approximately 5-9 a.m. to allow for major repairs to the local substation. This will affect the Enterprise Building. The Central Scheduling Team will be relocated to the Foundation Building to handle incoming calls from 7-9 a.m. or until power is restored. 

Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital Reaccredited as OSHA VPP Star Site

Guthrie is pleased to announce that Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital has been reaccredited as an OSHA VPP Star site.

The OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) is a national partnership between the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and businesses, recognizing the best of the best in employee safety. Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital has been a member of the VPP program since 2003. Businesses who adopt VPP principles are credited with achieving a level of worker protection that goes beyond compliance with government regulations.

Golf for Guthrie Hospice Raises Over $32,000

The 17th Annual Golf for Guthrie Hospice raised over $32,000 for hospice care. The event was held on June 21 at the Club at Shepard Hills in Waverly, N.Y. More than 100 local sponsors and donors including Williams Toyota of Sayre, title sponsor, Sayre Health Care Center, Keck’s Food Service, Stevens & Lee, The Star-Gazette and The Sayre American Legion Post # 283, contributed to this year’s event. First place honors were awarded to Gannon Associates Insurance.

The tournament raises funds for Guthrie Hospice to enhance and support hospice programs and services, as well as offset the expenses related to caring for those unable to afford care. The tournament has raised over $490,000 since it began in 2002. Guthrie Hospice provides end of life services for patients and their families throughout the region as well as bereavement services in the community. Services are provided to all who request them, regardless of their ability to pay. Thank you to all the sponsors, donors, teams and staff who took part in this year’s event.

Visit to see details about the 2020 tournament when they are available! 

Gannon Associates Insurance, winners of the tournament 

Guthrie Welcomes New Nurse Residents

This week we welcome 52 brand new Nurse Residents across five Guthrie hospitals! This group is noteworthy for two reasons: they are the largest group of Nurse Residents in Guthrie history and they are the first group from Guthrie Cortland Medical Center to participate in the entire Nurse Residency experience. By entity, you will find 30 at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital, ten at Guthrie Cortland Medical Center, nine at Guthrie Corning Hospital, two at Guthrie Troy Community Hospital and one at Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital.

The Nurse Residency program is an evidenced-based approach to transitioning student nurses into professional Registered Nurses. Each Nurse Resident can explore different clinical areas for the first twelve weeks of the program, ending with a permanent match as a staff nurse in one of the units they explored. From there, they continue in a precepted orientation on that unit, where they will develop into a fully functional member of the team.  They also participate in the Continuing Orientation in Nursing (COIN) program, which is nine interactive days consisting of simulation, skills development, team building and professional development activities, which span over their first twelve months of practice. 

We are very proud that they chose to begin their professional careers with Guthrie. 

Please join us in welcoming them to the Guthrie family!

Healthy Cortland No Cost Public Health Event Returns

No cost medical services were provided in Cortland County this month.  

Cortland County, in partnership with the Department of Defense’s Innovative Readiness Training program, Southern Tier 8 Regional Board, the Seven Valleys Health Coalition and Guthrie Cortland Medical Center brought no cost, much-needed medical services to Central New York.  

From Friday, July 12 through Saturday, July 20, highly skilled doctors, nurses, veterinarians, dental professionals, and optometrists from all branches of the United States Military, were stationed at the Homer Intermediate/Junior High School located in the Village of Homer. These service professionals provided basic health care services including health screenings, dental cleanings and vision screenings and single-vision eyeglasses. This event also offered veterinary services such as rabies vaccinations and spay/neuter procedures for companion dogs and cats/animals.  

Guthrie Cortland Medical Center was a proud supporter of the event. “Many GCMC employees volunteered at this year’s Healthy Cortland event to help answer questions and assist attendees. Our primary care team, in collaboration with Family Health Network, was onsite to schedule individuals who need a primary care provider. GCMC will remain here after the military completes its training and we continue to help the community connect to the care they need,” said Jennifer Turck, Senior Director, GCMC Provider Relations and Business Development.

In addition to services provided to the public, education was offered to military personnel as well as GCMC and community providers. Dr. Theodore Them presented “Blast and Crush Injuries” and Dr. Anthony Grippo presented “Heat-Related Illnesses.” 

All services were offered at no charge to the community without residency, income, or insurance restrictions. 

Dr. Theodore Them addresses “Blast and Crush Injuries” with military personal and staff.

Meet Guthrie’s New RN Recruitment Team

We are excited to introduce Guthrie’s new RN recruitment team. This skilled team will be dedicated solely to nurse recruitment, offering a high-touch experience for our applicants and hiring managers. The internal RN recruitment team includes two Human Resource Assistants, a Bridging Coordinator, and three Senior Recruiters. 

We welcome:

Guthrie Locations Earn Echocardiography Reaccreditation

Guthrie Corning Hospital, Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital, Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital, and Guthrie Medical Group Big Flats, Corning Centerway, Ithaca, Owego, Troy and Vestal have each been granted a three-year term of accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) in Echocardiography. This latest accreditation demonstrates Guthrie’s ongoing commitment to providing quality patient care in echocardiography.

Accreditation by the IAC means that Guthrie has undergone an intensive application and review process and is found to be in compliance with the published Standards, thus demonstrating a commitment to quality patient care in echocardiography. Comprised of a detailed self-evaluation followed by a thorough review by a panel of medical experts, the IAC accreditation process enables both the critical operational and technical components of the applicant facility to be assessed, including representative case studies and their corresponding final reports.

Echocardiography is used to assess different areas of the heart and can detect heart disease or signs of serious conditions. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, followedclosely by stroke as the fourth highest cause of death. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), more than 2,150 Americans die each day from cardiovascular disease which amounts to about one every 40 seconds.

Guthrie Welcomes New Residents and Fellows to RPH

Guthrie's new fellowship in Gastroenterology (GI) at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital welcomes its first two fellows who began this month. Guthrie also welcomed its first class of Emergency Medicine residents, with five new residents joining the team. A total of 38 new residents and fellows joined Guthrie on July 1 across all our programs. 

The GI fellows will be provided with opportunities to develop clinical competence in gastroenterology, including exposure to hepatology, clinical nutrition, gastrointestinal oncology, radiology and pathology. Two fellows will be accepted to the program each year, and their training program will last for three years. Guthrie Gastroenterologists lead the program with Dr. Michael Georgetson as the GI Fellowship Program Director and Dr. Matthew Lincoln as the Associate Program Director.

The Emergency Medicine residents will have opportunities to train in various departments including anesthesia, radiology, orthopedics, neurology, EMS, cardiology, and more. Guthrie Emergency Medicine attendings, Dr. Gregory Christiansen and Dr. Lindsay MacConaghy, along with many other dedicated faculty members will lead the program.   

The GI fellowship and Emergency Medicine residency join Guthrie Medical Education offerings alongside residencies in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, General Surgery and Pharmacy and a fellowship in Cardiology. Visit the Medical Education section on the intranet to find out more about our programs. 

Sayre Downtown Revitalization Survey – Share Your Thoughts

A group of local business owners, community leaders and government officials are considering ways to revitalize downtown Sayre, in order to better meet the needs of residents and visitors and encourage individuals to relocate to this area. 

Guthrie is facilitating this survey to gather ideas about downtown from those who work, live and visit Sayre. If you have yet to do so, please click here to complete the survey. Your feedback is important and appreciated! 

Clinic Atrium Coffee Shop New Extended Hours

The coffee shop in the clinic atrium on the Guthrie Sayre Campus has been proudly serving Starbucks since its grand opening in February. Effective Monday, Aug. 5, the shop will offer extended hours. Stop by the atrium Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to give yourself a boost!

Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital Presents Pillars of Excellence

Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital presented the Pillars of Excellence Award to Cammy Carman, LPN in the Skilled Nursing Unit. Cammy was nominated for her positive attitude, quality of care and willingness to always help others.

The Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital Pillars of Excellence Award will be presented quarterly to an employee who demonstrates consistent, positive behaviors and meets eligibility criteria. If you would like to nominate an employee from Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital, Skilled Nursing or the Personal Care Home, you can contact Deborah Park, Patient Care Coordinator, at

Congratulations, Cammy, and thank you for everything you do.

Guthrie Welcomes New Paralegal

The Office of General Counsel of The Guthrie Clinic is pleased to announce that Jennifer Jelliff has started her new position as Paralegal at Guthrie. Jennifer has worked at Robert Packer Hospital for over five years, most recently in the Staffing Office as a Staffing Coordinator. She brings many years of experience to the legal team, having worked in several law offices throughout the Pennsylvania region prior to coming to Guthrie. 

Jennifer grew up in neighboring Lackawanna County, Pa. She received an Associate Degree in Legal Studies from Lackawanna College and a Bachelor Degree in Political Science from East Stroudsburg University. She currently resides in Wellsburg, N.Y. with her family.

Please join us in welcoming Jennifer to her new role.

Cardiology Medical Grand Rounds – July 26

“Advanced Heart Failure Therapies: Why, What, Who & When,” Medical Grand Rounds presented by Eman A. Hamad, MD, FACC, FHFSA, will take place on Friday, July 26 at 12 p.m. in the Patterson Auditorium on Guthrie’s Sayre campus. The presentation will also be video conferenced to Big Flats, Corning Centerway, Guthrie Corning Hospital, Ithaca, Southport, Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital, Guthrie Troy Community Hospital and Wellsboro. 

This program is intended for physicians, advanced practice providers, fellows, residents, medical and nursing students, and other ancillary healthcare professionals. Lunch will be provided. 

The Guthrie Clinic designates this live activity for a maximum of (1.0) AMA PRA Category I Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Faculty and all others who have the ability to control  the content of continuing medical education activities sponsored by The Guthrie Clinic are expected to disclose to the audience whether they do or do not have any real or apparent conflict(s) of interest or other relationships related to the content of their presentation(s).

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Weight Watchers Meetings in Corning

Weight Watchers (WW) meetings are held every Tuesday from 5- 6 p.m. in the Concord Room at Corning Hospital. The focus is on both weight loss and wellness.  Membership includes this weekly workshop as well as access to the WW website which offers easy meal tracking, healthy recipes and a social media platform to share your progress. New members will be asked to join the WW portal for monthly billing. There is a discount of $4.95 per month offered to Guthrie employees who join this meeting. Contact Theresa McCarty at for more information.

Mandatory ATA Training Due Aug. 2

Here are important training dates to ensure a smooth ATA go-live: 
E-Learning Modules: Modules are mandatory for ALL employees. 

  • Training must be completed by Aug. 2, 2019.
  • If you have already completed the ATA E-learnings, you will not need to complete the courses again. 

Time Clock/Web Clock Demos: July 22 - July 26, 2019; open lab for all employees, any employee may drop in from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

  • Sayre: All Week - Training Room H (Patterson Building)
  • Towanda: July 23 - Computer Room 
  • Corning: July 24 - Computer Room
  • Troy: July 25 - Conference Room 

Manager/Timekeeper Training: July 22 - Aug. 9, 2019 for those managers and timekeepers who did not participate in Mock Payroll 

  • Managers and Timekeepers must sign up through Guthrie Learn. This in-person, comprehensive training will cover: 
      • Manager/Timekeeper functions in the ATA Application
      • New & Revised Policies related to ATA
      • Entering employee schedules*

*Managers should bring their schedules to this training to be used as a reference.

ATA Dual-Capture Period: Aug. 11 - 24, 2019; employees will use both paper time sheets and the new system to ensure proper capture of information and accurate payroll. 

ATA Go Live: Aug. 25, 2019 ATA will be used by all Guthrie employees currently on the bi-weekly payroll with the exception of Guthrie Cortland Medical Center employees.

ATA will not be used by those on the monthly payroll.

This new time and attendance approach offers consistency, which will improve communication and teamwork. Thank you for your support of this project, which will allow you to spend your time living our values of excellence, teamwork and patient-centeredness. 

Events Across the Guthrie System

Bariatric Surgery Information Session – Friday, July 19 from 12 - 1 p.m. in the Guthrie Weight Loss Center in Sayre. Call to register 570-886-9407 or register online at

Food Farm Family Fun Festival – Saturday, August 3 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Howard Elmer Park across from Guthrie's Sayre campus.