This Week: Friday, September 18, 2020

Week of September 18, 2020

Get Your Mandatory Flu Vaccination

This year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone get the flu shot before the start of the flu season. Due to the ongoing pandemic, it is important to receive your vaccine early to help minimize flu cases and make the most efficient use of Guthrie’s resources.

The Employee Influenza Vaccine Program is currently underway and includes several significant changes. Changes to the process include an earlier deadline, internally administrated vaccines for clinical departments, and completely online consent and verification forms.

The deadline to receive the flu shot is Monday, November 2. All forms must be submitted electronically to Employee Health by this date.

The 2020 Guthrie Employee Vaccination Consent process is online this year.

  • All employees must use the QR code below or visit to complete their consent form BEFORE they receive their vaccine.

There are three ways employees can receive their influenza vaccine:

  1. Clinical department employees will receive the influenza vaccine in their department by a designated individual identified and approved by Employee Health. Please note that this does not apply to employees at Guthrie Cortland Medical Center.
  2. Any employee may attend one of the employee influenza vaccine clinics. (See schedule below.)
  3. Employees can receive the influenza vaccine from an outside source.
    • Documentation of influenza vaccines that were not administered within the department or during an Employee Health Flu clinic MUST be submitted online at This is the only format for submitting this documentation this year.
    • Copays may apply for immunizations received at non-Guthrie facilities.

Employee Influenza Vaccine Clinic Schedule

Sayre Campus

  • Oct. 7, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Patterson Auditorium
  • Oct. 30, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., BSU Hallway

Corning Hospital

  • Sept. 21, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Seneca Room   
  • Oct. 19, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Seneca Room

Cortland Medical Center

  • Sept. 21-25, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., former “Prompt Care” across from the cashier’s office

Towanda Memorial Hospital

  • Sept. 21, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Conference Room A
  • Sept. 28, 6:30-8:45 a.m., Dale Bird's Office
  • Oct. 5, 6:45-7:30 a.m. and 2-2:45 p.m., PCH
  • Oct. 9, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Conference Room A
  • Oct. 12, 6:30-8:45 a.m., Dale Bird's Office
  • Oct. 19, 6:45-7:30 a.m. and 2-2:45 p.m., PCH
  • Oct. 23, 6:30-8:45 a.m., Med/Surg and 2:30-4:30 p.m., Dale Bird's Office

Clinic dates for Troy Community Hospital will be announced in the near future. Click here for the Employee Flu Shot Clinic schedule, updated regularly.

NYS COVID-19 Travel Advisory Changes

Guthrie continues to follow employee travel guidelines that align with the NYS COVID-19 Travel Advisory. Six states have been removed from the NYS COVID-19 Travel Advisory, which lists states where 10% of the total population has tested positive for COVID-19 or the transmission rate is above 10 per 100,000 people on a rolling seven-day average. The newly removed states are California, Hawaii, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, and Ohio.

All staff must notify their manager in advance of travel. Click here to view the complete and updated list of restricted states.

Guthrie and Community Partners Break Ground on Early Childhood Learning Center

Guthrie is proud to partner with U-GRO Learning Centres and Discover the World Children’s Center to offer an additional childcare option in Sayre. The soon-to-be Early Childhood Learning Center will be located at 1000 North Elmer Avenue, across from Guthrie Sayre Pediatrics.

Guthrie’s involvement in this project focuses on three objectives: assisting our organization with the recruitment and retention of talented providers needed to deliver care to the communities in our region, collaborating with the entire education community to ensure the highest quality early childhood experience with the best possible curriculum, and providing a better work life balance to our employees with young children by helping to provide an early childhood learning center that meets their needs.

By partnering with local and regional experts, the new center will provide not only an exceptional early childhood experience, but a foundation for success that will carry children through their K-12 years.

The 4.5-million-dollar project will include: 

  • 15,000 square-foot facility
  • 10 modern, bright and open classrooms 
  • 1,800 square-foot indoor play space
  • Custom-designed 12,000 square-foot outdoor playground 
  • Advanced classroom technology
  • Life skills programs
  • Secure access and building perimeter

Enrollment information will be available in early 2021. The center is expected to be open by July 2021.

Dr. Joseph Scopelliti, President and CEO; Dale Johnson, Director, Medical Education; Lisa Scheftic, Owner, Discover the World Children's Center; Leslie Marley, U-GRO Learning Centres; Anita Kingsbauer, Vice President, Planning and Construction; Frank Pinkosky, Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer; Children from Discover the World Children's Center

Dr. Joseph Scopelliti, Dale Johnson, Leslie Marley, Lisa Scheftic, Frank Pinkosky, Children from Discover the World Children's Center

Guthrie Partners with Penn State University to Launch SAFE-T Program

This week, Guthrie announced the launch of its SAFE-T (Sexual Assault Forensic Examination-Telehealth) program for sexual assault victims.

Through Guthrie’s partnership with the SAFE-T Center at Penn State, each time a sexual assault exam is performed at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital, a nurse with extensive experience in sexual assault cases participates in the exam along with the on-site nurse. Using specialized telehealth technology, both nurses are able to see the live exam in progress, ensuring best practices, proper evidence collection and a safe, helpful environment for the patient.

Guthrie and the SAFE-T Center held a virtual launch where local law enforcement and community advocacy organizations were invited to learn more about this valuable partnership and how it will improve patient outcomes in our community.

RPH Registered SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) Nurses Nicole Kane and Shelby McCutcheon

Guthrie Palliative Care Hosts Inpatient Wedding

After having to put their wedding plans on hold due to declining health, Mike and Anna Potosky tied the knot at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital on Friday, September 11. 

The Potoskys had been together for 22 years before being married last Friday and say they decided to make it official when Mike was diagnosed with metastatic cancer but that further health complications delayed their plans. When Mike’s health continued to decline and he was admitted to the hospital, the couple decided not to wait any longer. 

Anna said, “Mike was determined. He was going to marry me and that was that. He talked about it enough until the right person heard about it and the staff here helped get it all together, and here we are. We got married today!” She added, “It’s the promise that we’ve always held for each other. I love him, he’s the love of my life and I want to spend the rest of my life with him.”

Dr. Patricia Fogelman, Medical Director, Palliative Medicine, said, “I’m so very proud of the work that we do to make these special moments happen for our patients. From the attention at the bedside, to carefully listening to our patient’s goals and getting the right people involved to make those dreams a reality. I think this moment really captures how Palliative Medicine at Guthrie is about helping our patients live well and making their quality of life the best it can be.”

With help from donations of decorations and other items and the hard work of Dr. Fogelman and Michele Varano, Coordinator, Volunteer and Support Services, the hospital space was transformed into something magical. Thank you to everyone who worked to make this special day possible for the happy couple.

Mike and Anna Potosky (middle) with Anna's daughter and two sons.

Submit a Nomination for the RPH Mabel Lamberson Nursing Awards

The Professional Nurse Council is pleased to announce that nominations for the 2020 Mabel Lamberson Excellence Awards are now being accepted.

The Mabel Lamberson Awards are given each year to nurses employed by Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital for excellence in nursing care, nursing leadership, and nursing support. The awards are made possible by a generous donation from Ms. Lamberson, who graduated from the Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital School of Nursing in 1909. Nursing staff use these scholarships for furthering their education, attending conferences, or specialty certification.

If there is a Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital nursing staff member that you would like to nominate for one of these awards, the nomination form can be found on the Guthrie Intranet. To access the form, click on "Departments", then "Nursing". On the Guthrie Nursing page, click on "RPH Nursing". On the RPH Nursing page under Announcements, click on "Mabel Lamberson Award Nominations" where the attachments will appear.

Guthrie Cybersecurity and Information Security Officer Named

Please join us in welcoming Brad Carvellas to The Guthrie Clinic as Vice President, Cybersecurity and Chief Information Security Officer.

Brad joins Guthrie from Highmark Health in Pittsburgh, Pa. where he served as the Director of Information Security and Risk Management, with over 20 years of information technology and cybersecurity leadership experience.

Previously, Brad held roles leading information security and managing IT operations at Andesa Services in Allentown, Pa. and has lead a working group for the HITRUST Alliance and the FAIR Institute, presented at national cybersecurity conferences, served on technology advisory boards for Kutztown University and Muhlenberg College, and was a board officer on the Board of Directors for the Northeast Pennsylvania Philharmonic. He earned a bachelor’s in Information Systems from Muhlenberg College and holds several professional certifications including the Certified Information Security Systems Professional (CISSP) and Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) certifications.

Brad, his wife Sarah, their three children and dog Jack will be relocating from Pittsburgh, Pa. to Owego N.Y.

Welcome, Brad!

GCMC Epic Provider Personalization Labs

In preparation for the Guthrie Cortland Medical Center Epic Go-Live on October 3, all providers with Guthrie Cortland Medical Center privileges are required to attend a one-hour Provider Personalization Lab (PPL). Providers are encouraged to sit for a second PPL post go-live. Trainers will work with individual providers to help them personalize their Epic tools; favorite orders, create and share a preference list, create user order sets, create and share SmartPhrases, and more.

  • Tuesday, Sept. 8 - Wednesday, Sept. 30: PPLs will be conducted via Zoom.
  • Saturday, Oct. 3 - Friday, Oct. 9: PPLs will take place on the first floor of the GCMC Provider Lounge. Providers are encouraged to register for a one-hour time slot, however, walk-ins are welcome if the trainers are not scheduled with another provider.
  • Monday, Oct. 12 - Thursday, Oct. 15: PPLs will take place on-site at certain RMP/GMG practices.

Providers must have Zoom and Citrix on their computers in order to access their PPL and Epic. They must also know their Guthrie Single Sign-On username and password. Click here to select a date from the list of PPL sessions. Click here for tip sheets to help providers with these steps.

Guthrie Physician Presents Webinar for Providers

Guthrie Chief Medical Information Officer and bariatric physician, Dr. Phillip Snider, recently recorded a webinar about bariatric telemedicine services. The free 30-minute webinar, titled: “Surfing the Waves of Change with Style: 3 Steps to Growing Your Virtual Obesity Treatment Program” discusses the advantages and disadvantages of video visits compared with in-person visits, important criteria when selecting a video visit platform, and strategies for effectively engaging patients during video visits.

The online seminar will take place on Thursday, Sept. 24 at 11:30 a.m. Providers can click here to register.

Introducing CDI Coding TIPS on Workplace

In celebration of Clinical Documentation Integrity (CDI) Week, Guthrie's Ambulatory Clinical Documentation Improvement team has launched a new group called CDI Coding TIPS on Workplace.

Ambulatory CDI is responsible for reviewing and cultivating a practice for consistent, comprehensive health records that reflect medical decision making, ultimately resulting in higher quality of care and better health outcomes. In addition, Guthrie's outpatient CDI specialists target diagnoses that best capture medical complexity, also known as Hierarchical Condition Categories (HCCs). This is especially important as healthcare reimbursement evolves from volume-based to value-based care, as payers use these risk adjustment models to determine expected health expenditure, and pay providers based on the expected costs.

Keeping up with the ever-changing ICD-10-CM diagnostic codes and coding guidelines and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services HCCs is difficult. To assist with this process and assure Guthrie providers and staff assign the most accurate and specific diagnosis code appropriate for a patient’s encounter, the CDI Coding TIPS Workplace group will offer weekly posts with tips on best practice documentation and coding.

Ambulatory CDI consists of two Registered Nurses who are also Certified Professional Coders: Emily Vinson, RN and Thomas Brandt, RN, CPC.

September is Sepsis Awareness Month

September is Sepsis Awareness Month and Guthrie is committed to preventing this life-threatening complication from infection and improving early detection and treatment.

Some things you can do to prevent sepsis are:

  • Get vaccinated against the flu, pneumonia, and any other infections that could lead to sepsis. Talk to your doctor for more information.
  • Prevent infections that can lead to sepsis by cleaning scrapes and wounds and practicing good hygiene (e.g., hand washing)
  • Know that time matters. If you have a severe infection, look for signs like shivering, fever, cold, extreme pain or discomfort, clammy or sweaty skin, confusion or disorientation, shortness of breath, rapid breathing, and high heart rate.

Additional educational resources can be found by clicking here. Email addresses collected in this tool will not be used for marketing purposes.

School Camp Opportunity for Children of Guthrie Employees

The Center for the Arts in Homer is offering a 12-week School Camp for students in grades 5-12, from Sept. 28 through Dec. 11. The limit each day is 15 students, and because Guthrie is a sponsor, preference will be given to children of essential workers. The full-day program will be run by certified teachers to assist with virtual learning, homework and assignments.

For more information, including cost, or to register, click here.

Guthrie Sayre Turkey Trot Update

The Guthrie Sayre Turkey Trot is still set to take place on Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 26, 2020. The committee is closely monitoring race guidelines during this pandemic. Check Friday Facts and Workplace for more information in the coming weeks, including whether the race will be held in person or take place virtually.

Submit Your Nominations for the Donald Guthrie Distinguished Provider Award

Guthrie is asking patients, employees and community members 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, including physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, midwives, optometrists, physical therapists and dietitians. Nominations must 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. Please send your nomination to - Reward & Recognition Committee, Attn. Tricia Schamel, Guthrie Medical Group, One Guthrie Sq., Sayre Pa. 18840 by Oct. 2, 2020 or e-mail your story to You also have the option to drop off your submission to GMG regional offices, or in the box on the desk in the atrium lobby.

Guthrie Gala is Canceled – Hope is Not

Due to ongoing health and safety concerns related to COVID-19, Guthrie Gala 2020 is canceled, but the Sayre House of Hope still needs your help to fulfill its important mission in 2021.

The Sayre House of Hope provides affordable, temporary housing and support to Guthrie’s patients and families 365 days a year. Guthrie Gala proceeds are the primary funding source for the Sayre House of Hope, but in 2021, instead of a one-night gathering, we are planning a year of awareness, fundraising, and hope.

Join us as we embark on a Year of Hope. Visit to see a full list of sponsorship and donation opportunities to support this great cause.

Celebrate Our "Guthrie Greats"

Guthrie employees and providers continue to work together each day, going above and beyond to make Guthrie an excellent place to work and receive care. While many staff already utilize the Cheers for Peers group on Workplace to thank or recognize fellow staff for their accomplishments or for exhibiting outstanding service to our patients and to each other, we know there are more great stories to tell.

Thank to everyone who has already celebrated our "Guthrie Greats" - colleagues who embody Guthrie values including comfort, communication, environment, excellence, ownership, patient-centeredness, professionalism, respect/dignity, responsiveness and teamwork.

Visit the Cheers for Peers group on Workplace and share a note of thanks, kudos, inspirational thoughts or a success story about a person or team who is a Guthrie Great. Photos are highly encouraged to go along with the post, and photos from your cell phone are fine. Make sure to include the hashtag #GuthrieGreats in your post. Thank you for all that you do!

Annual Training Modules

The annual training modules have been assigned to you and are available via Guthrie Learn. They must be completed no later than October 31. Managers are responsible for monitoring the completion rates for their area(s). In an effort to assist managers, we’ve provided a document that offers a simple step-by-step approach on how to review direct reports, change reporting relationships in Peoplesoft, and leverage team monitor in Guthrie Learn to view status of completions.

This Week on Workplace

Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital Personal Care Home celebrated National Assisted Living Week with ice cream and more.

A group completed a Non-Violent Crisis Interventions Instructor Certification program this week, which teach staff members how to defuse potentially risky behavior.

A celebration was held for Paula Kohut, LPN who will be retiring after 30 years at Guthrie.

Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital celebrated the outstanding scores from the EOS/Press Ganey survey that employees completed in March/April with a visit from Johnny D's Ice Cream Truck.

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

Events Across the Guthrie System

Positive Self-Esteem Webinar – Tuesday, Sept. 22 from noon to 1 p.m. Click here to register.

Physical Activity Event to Combat Cancer-Related Fatigue – Thursday, Sept. 24 from 6-8 p.m. at the Towanda YMCA, located at 9 College Ave. in Towanda. Visit to register.

Virtual Breast Health Education Event - Tuesday, Oct. 20 from 6-7:30 p.m. Visit to register by Oct. 12.

Virtual Respiratory Care Conference – Friday, Oct. 23 from 7:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visit to register.

In light of the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak, many events have been canceled or will be rescheduled for a later date. Click here for an updated list of postponed and canceled events.