This Week: Friday, March 16, 2018

Week of March 16, 2018

Get Involved with The Guthrie Wineglass Marathon

Guthrie is proud to be the inaugural title sponsor of the 37th annual Guthrie Wineglass Marathon, Sept. 30, 2018, in Corning. 

While the races are months away, planning is already in full swing and we will need the help of the whole Guthrie community to make this weekend a big success. The race weekend includes a 5k, half and full marathons along with lots of opportunities to volunteer.

Whether you are already a runner or thinking about trying a Couch-to-5K program, we’ve got a team of Guthrie colleagues ready to support you. If volunteering is more your style, we’d like to hear from you, too. Please take the survey by clicking here or on Workplace in the Wineglass Weekend group and get involved!

Guthrie to Transition to Plain Language Codes

Guthrie will transition to standardized, plain language emergency codes throughout our hospitals and facilities on July 1, 2018. This change is being made at the recommendation of the Guthrie Emergency Preparedness Committee. The use of standardized codes will increase transparency, simplify staff education and retention using simple and practical messaging and promote the safety of patients, staff and visitors. 

Please note that color-based codes for medical emergencies within specific departments will not be affected by this change. In the coming months, you will see a series of communications to acquaint you with the new codes, including a crosswalk document with the current color-based codes alongside the new plain language codes. Training on the new codes will be deployed in Guthrie Learn and communicated through Friday Facts, the Guthrie Intranet and Workplace to ensure that all Guthrie team members are prepared for the transition.

If you have any questions, please speak with your manager or visit the Plain Language Codes page on Workplace.

Provider and Employee Giving Campaign – Hero Incentives

The 2018 Provider and Employee Giving Campaign is in full swing but there is still plenty of time to make a gift and be eligible for one of the many incentive prizes. Consider making a donation to the fund or program that you feel is important and make a meaningful difference in someone’s life. Pledge by the end of the day today and you will have a chance to win a prize from the Early Bird Special. You could also win by pledging online, "Pledging to Win" and by being a new donor, in addition to the surprise incentives that will happen throughout the campaign. Visit the Resource Development group on Workplace to learn more. 

Take the Culture of Safety Survey

The annual Culture of Safety Survey is conducted each year to hear our employees’ perception of safety issues across the organization. This survey helps to identify areas where we can continue to improve the service we deliver. Suggestions made by our staff have led to major changes which continue to make Guthrie a great place to work and to receive care. If you do not work for one of the hospitals or the pharmacy, please choose the survey for Guthrie Medical Group.

Click here to complete the survey.

RL Solutions Feedback Tile Name Change

The RL Solutions Event Reporting System has a new feature to make entering certain types of events easier. The tile previously titled "Feedback" has been renamed "Complaints/Grievances/Concerns". This form may be used to report each of these categories of events. If you have questions about this change or about RL Solutions in general, please contact the Patient Safety Department at 570-887-4977.

Construction to Impact Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital - March 17

There will be significant noise and possibly vibrations related to work for the Emergency Department renovations from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, March 17. Contractors will work as quickly as possible to complete their work to remove a structural pad with a jackhammer on the concrete deck of 3rd level above the 2nd floor renovations in progress for the Emergency Department. While the most significant impacts will be felt in the Emergency Department and 4th Level Observation and Interventional Radiology Unit, we expect the noise to be heard throughout the hospital’s West Building. Strategic Planning and Marketing, Volunteers and Nursing will be working on distribution of communications and items designed to help mitigate the effects of this construction on patients and families. It is important that you reach out to the Construction Team with any questions or concerns prior to and during the event. Please call Rosalynn Dudash at 607-425-7469 or Daryl Parshall of Welliver McGuire Inc. is the project superintendent and may be reached at 570-423-9273 as a secondary contact.

We apologize in advance for the inconvenience during these difficult, but necessary, construction impacts. We appreciate your continued support of the Emergency Department Renovation project.

New Health Plan Care Coordinator at Guthrie

As a health care provider, Guthrie is implementing a number of programs to empower employees to take steps toward good health. As part of this process, Guthrie has hired a new Health Plan Care Coordinator. Randi Randall is a Registered Nurse who, until now, has been the Ambulatory Care Coordinator for the Dushore, Towanda, Tunkhannock, and Wyalusing offices since September 2016. She brings previous knowledge and experience in Care Coordination to this position. 

Please join in welcoming Randi to this new role. Randi’s office is located in the Patterson Library. She can be reached at 570-887-4033. If you have questions about this program, please contact Laura Manning at 570-887-6387.

Bereavement Support Group Begins April 16

Guthrie Hospice is pleased to offer a Spring Community Bereavement Support Group beginning Monday, April 16 and continuing through May 14. Sessions will run from 3 - 4:30 p.m. in the conference room at Guthrie Hospice, 421 Tomahawk Road, Towanda, Pa., 18850.

Rev. Dr. Will Baez, Guthrie Hospice Chaplain and Bereavement Coordinator and Karen Robinson BSW, Guthrie Hospice Social Worker will facilitate the group. Topics covered during the six-week program will include understanding the grief process, coping skills, communication and stress management. Persons attending this support group will find comfort and guidance from others who have suffered a loss and will know that they are not alone in their grief.

Please call Guthrie Hospice at 1-800-598-6155 to register, with questions and for directions.  

Guthrie Summer Hire Program

Guthrie will once again be holding the Summer Hire Program for seniors in high school through seniors in college looking for summer employment. The program can begin as early as May 1, 2018 and can end as late as Sept. 30, 2018. These positions have now been posted and can be found on our careers page. 

If you have any questions, please contact Laura O’Connor, Sr. Employment Specialist at 570-887-6332 or

Calling all Guthrie Gardeners

The third season of planting the Community Garden is almost here, spring is right around the corner and allocation of the garden beds for this upcoming season are being prepared. Garden beds will be available in May and are available on a first come, first served basis.

Individuals may have their own garden plots or departments may want to share a garden plot. You may also garden for yourself or donate your bounty to individuals with food insecurities through the food pharmacy program. Once we have confirmed interest, we will provide the exact dates and more detail.

Please email Darcy Wills, Wellness Coordinator, at if you are interested in participating.

Lunch and Learn – Opioid Crisis

A lunch and learn will be held on the opioid crisis that will feature a Q&A session about opioid addiction, treatment and how families can help their loved ones who are affected. Everyone is invited to buy or bring their own lunch and join the discussion on Wednesday, March 28 from 12 – 1 p.m. in the private dining room in the Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital Cafeteria.

Guthrie Hospice Receives Donation

Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital Auxiliary made a donation of $5,000 to Guthrie Hospice. Guthrie Hospice provides end of life care to the community and donations are greatly appreciated. Because of the kindness of the Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, Guthrie Hospice will be able to purchase many needed items for patients. A heartfelt thank you to Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital Auxiliary for its generosity.

Onsite Insurance Enrollment for Patients

One of the barriers to healthcare is the lack of health insurance. As a community leader in health care services, Guthrie reduces those barriers by providing onsite assistance to individuals who don’t have health insurance or need to recertify their Medicaid coverage.

A patient can meet with a Guthrie Financial Counselor or a Fidelis Facilitated Enroller Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at different locations across the Guthrie system. To reach a Guthrie Financial Counselor, contact Meagan York in Corning at 607-937-7518 or Kathleen Crews in Sayre at 570-887-4371.

Fidelis’ onsite schedule is listed below.

  • Guthrie Corning Hospital (Outpatient Registration) – Mondays and Fridays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital (Clinic Atrium Business Office) – Mondays and Fridays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Guthrie Big Flats – Thursdays, 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Guthrie Centerway – Wednesdays, 1:30 – 4 p.m.
  • Guthrie Owego – Wednesdays, 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Guthrie Southport – 2nd and 4th Fridays, 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Guthrie Vestal – 1st and 3rd Mondays, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Guthrie Resident Receives Recognition

Congratulations to Dr. Safi Khan for his recent recognition by the editor of the Annals of Internal Medicine. In the letter from Christine Laine, MD, Editor in Chief of Annals of Internal Medicine, Dr. Khan was recognized “for the exceptionally fine quality of your efforts as a reviewer for Annals of Internal Medicine during 2017. Annals' reputation for excellence depends on our reviewers. We grade the quality of each review and our editors gave the top grade to the work you did for Annals in 2017. We know who our best reviewers are and you are one of them.” 

Dr. Khan, a third year Internal Medicine resident, has been a frequent contributor to research efforts during his time at Guthrie, and has managed to publish, review and conduct research while also completing his residency. Please make sure to congratulate him for this prestigious honor.

Bake Sale Held by Guthrie Sayre Cancer Center Today

There will be a bake sale held by the Guthrie Sayre Cancer Center today, March 16, outside of the Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital Cafeteria from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. while supplies last. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the annual Survivors Day celebration. Stop by for a sweet treat!

Celebrate Doctors' Day - Submit Your Photos

Doctors’ Day will be observed on March 30. Help us celebrate this occasion by snapping a photo of you or your team with your favorite doctors. We will assemble the photos into a Facebook album on Doctors’ Day as part of our thank you to all of Guthrie’s dedicated doctors. Add your photo to the One Guthrie group on Workplace or email to by Tuesday, March 27.


Hot Jobs This Week

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

Job #108817 – Quality Improvement Specialist – Sayre, Full Time
Job #110620 – Supervisor, Hematology – Sayre, Full Time
Job #110716 – Program Manager, Patient Safety – Sayre, Full Time

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.

This Week on Workplace

Tips on how to walk with the proper technique.

Employees at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital take the Patient Safety Pledge.

Sayre High School students painting the Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital Cafeteria windows for spring.

Personal Care Home residents enjoy dinner at Callears Restaurant in Athens.

Click here to visit Workplace where you can see stories like these and much more.

Events Across the Guthrie System

Survivors Day Bake Sale – Friday, March 16 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. while supplies last outside of the Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital Cafeteria. 

Post-Concussion Support Group – Sunday, March 18 at 2 p.m. in the 4 Blue Conference Room located on the fourth floor of the Guthrie Medical Group in Sayre, Pa.

Chef of the Quarter – Wednesday, March 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in all of the hospital cafeterias.

Opioid Crisis Lunch and Learn – Wednesday, March 28 from 12 – 1 p.m. in the private dining room in the Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital Cafeteria.

2018 Southern Tier Heart Walk – Sunday, April 8 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the SUNY Broome Community College Ice Center. Click here for more information or to register.

Bereavement Support Group – Mondays, April 6 – May 14 from 3 – 4:30 p.m. in the conference room at Guthrie Hospice. Call 1-800-598-6155 to register.

Guthrie Gallop - Saturday, May 12 at 8 a.m. in Sayre. Click here for more information or to register.