This Week: Friday, January 19, 2018

Week of January 19, 2018

Guthrie Awards $10,000 Grant to Support South Waverly Borough Playground

Guthrie’s Community Benefit Grant Program awarded $10,000 to South Waverly Borough in support of the construction of an accessible playground in the borough.

The borough will use the funds to support construction efforts for its first ADA accessible playground. The project aims to provide a space for children and adults to be active and exercise. Future plans also include walking trails and pedestrian and bicycle connections. 

From left: Joseph T. Sawyer, Jr., Interim Chief Operating Officer, Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital, Valorie Huckabee, South Waverly Borough Manager, Leo Bentley, Vice President, South Waverly Borough Council, Connor Bentley, student, Laura Fitzgerald, Vice President, Research & Education, The Donald Guthrie Foundation.

Sayre Campus Parking Reminder

While it’s tempting during the cold weather to park as close to our work locations as possible, please remember that parking on the Sayre campus is prohibited for employees. This is especially important as winter weather results in the loss of several parking spaces due to snow removal. It is vital that our patients and visitors are provided with safe parking as close to their destination as possible. Your cooperation is appreciated.   

Employee Assistance Program Newsletter New Look

Our Employee Assistance provider, eni, has changed the look and name of its monthly newsletter. Click here for this month's issue which introduces the new name as NexGen and the new look as well as provides information on the enhanced functionality and resources within the member web portal. 

As part of these changes, NexGen Employee Assistance Program members will also receive a Wellness Newsletter on the 15th of every month. Click here to access the Wellness Newsletter that covers how to step into 2018 on the right foot. Please visit the Guthrie Employee Assistance Program intranet page for more details on available services.

RSVP for Guthrie Service Awards Dinner by Feb. 2

The Guthrie Service Awards Dinner will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 6 in the Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital Cafeteria. At this event, Guthrie recognizes the employees that make our success possible each year.

Employees from Med Supply Depot, Guthrie Foundation, Home Health, Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital, Guthrie Troy Community Hospital, Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital and The Guthrie Clinic celebrating milestones from 5 to 40 years of service during 2017 have received invitations to attend the recognition dinner.

If you have been invited to this event, please RSVP your dinner choice to Michelle Watkins by emailing her at or by calling 570-887-5293 by Friday, Feb. 2.

Windows XP Replacement Project Efforts Underway

Beginning Jan. 22, IT will be doubling its efforts to replace outdated Windows XP personal work computers. Throughout the project, monitors will be upgraded to 24” widescreens as needed. IT asks that employees aid in the efforts to replace these outdated machines by doing the following:

  • Backup your personal work computer documents by saving them to your new O365 OneDrive. Click Here to learn more about how to do that.
  • Clear your desk of any obstructions so that these outdated machines can be replaced without any delays.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Federal Tax Withholding Changes

Changes to the federal tax withholding tables are generally released in December, however, that was delayed this year due to the enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.  The IRS released the new 2018 tax withholding tables Jan. 11, 2018.  Employers are required to begin using these new tables as soon as possible but no later than Feb. 15, 2018. Guthrie will be making the necessary system updates to the tax tables within the next week.  This change will be reflected in the pay check dated Feb. 1, 2018 for the monthly provider payroll and the pay check dated Feb. 2, 2018 for the bi-weekly staff payroll. 

Guthrie Wellness Committee Book Tasting to be Held Jan 26 in Sayre

The Sayre Public Library and Guthrie Wellness Committee will bring a wide variety of books to be “tasted” on Friday, Jan. 26 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital Cafeteria. Books can be “tasted” by reading the descriptions provided and flipping through the selections. If you find a book you like, it may be checked out for two weeks with a library card. If you don’t have a library card you can register for one during the event. 

Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital Clinical Coordinators Move

Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital Clinical Coordinators have moved to the Communication Center at the hosptial. This department can be reached by calling 570-887-6729 or paging 339. Thank you for your support during the move. 

Reminder - Mandatory Annual HIPAA and Compliance Training Deadline Jan. 31

The 2017-2018 HIPAA & Compliance Training, which is mandatory for all Guthrie employees, is available on Guthrie Learn. We ask that all employees complete this as soon as possible. The deadline to complete this regulatory training is Jan. 31, 2018. If you have any questions, please contact Roger Lathrop at 570-887-5803.

Reminder - Mandatory Workplace Harassment Training Deadline March 12

Guthrie has launched a new mandatory training on Workplace Harassment. This training has been assigned to every employee in Guthrie Learn to ensure we have a shared understanding of acceptable and unacceptable behaviors. The training must be completed no later than March 12, 2018. Any employee failing to complete the training may be unscheduled for work after March 12. 

Creating a culture of respect requires everyone at Guthrie to make a commitment.  Should you witness or experience harassing behavior, address it. Ask a supervisor or Human Resources for assistance. You may also report a concern by calling the Compliance Hotline: 1-888-841-4644. Together we must hold each other accountable and ensure that every colleague and patient is treated with dignity and respect.

Reminder - Nominations Open for Dr. Robert E. Cohen Professionalism Award

The Dr. Robert E. Cohen Resident Professionalism Award will be given to a resident or fellow who exemplifies professionalism and excellence in all aspects of patient care and interactions with staff and colleagues. Dr. Cohen first joined the Guthrie Clinic on July 1, 1977 as an Associate in Orthopedic Surgery. He was Vice President of the Board of Directors, served on the Guthrie Health Board of Directors, was the Chairman of the Scholarship Committee, served as the Chief of the Section of Orthopedic Surgery and as interim Chairman of the Department of Medicine.

The Graduate Medical Education Office will be accepting nominations until Feb. 23. Click here for the nomination form. Please return the form to Valerie Short in the Department of Graduate Medical Education.

Events Across the Guthrie System

Medical Grand Rounds - Stereotactic Radiation Therapy – Friday, Jan. 19 at 12 p.m. in the Patterson Auditorium on the Guthrie Sayre Campus. 

Book Tasting - Friday, Jan. 26 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital Cafeteria.

Hospice Bereavement Support Group – Monday, Feb. 5 from 3 – 4:30 p.m. in the conference room at Guthrie Hospice, 421 Tomahawk Road, Towanda, Pa.

Cardiovascular Symposium – Saturday, Feb. 17 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Patterson Auditorium on the Sayre campus. Register at