This Week: Friday, December 13, 2019

Week of December 13, 2019

Guthrie Sayre Turkey Trot Raises over $17,000

The 2019 Guthrie Sayre Turkey Trot, presented by the Robert Packer Hospital Auxiliary, raised over $17,000 and hosted more than 900 registered runners. 

Proceeds from the 2019 Guthrie Sayre Turkey Trot benefit Guthrie’s Cancer Care Fund. The Cancer Care Fund supports Guthrie patients in need of financial support during their medical treatment for a cancer diagnosis.

During the race, Guthrie presented the 2019 Beth Herbst Founders Award to the Robert Packer Hospital Auxiliary for its continued and loyal support of the Guthrie Sayre Turkey Trot and the community. The award is named after Beth in appreciation for the twelve years that she led the preparation of the event.

Congratulations to the overall male and female winners, Ethan Laudermilch and Ellen Coates. To view the full race results, visit

Breakfast with Santa a Success

The Annual Breakfast with Santa event at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital was an overwhelming success! This year's theme was "Polar Express" and featured a hot chocolate bar and free photos with Santa for every child, provided by the Robert Packer Hospital Auxiliary. This event was championed by Chief Human Resources Officer Frank Pinkosky and President of Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital Joe Sawyer. Thank you to all who worked so hard to organize this event and to all who attended.

Children of Guthrie team members, from left: Samantha Sawyer, Hailey Knapp, Regan Chapman and Natalie Sawyer, gather with Santa and Mrs. Claus

Patient Safety – It’s Everyone’s Responsibility

The annual Culture of Safety survey begins on Monday, Jan. 6. Guthrie conducts this survey each year to hear our employees’ perception of safety issues across the organization. This survey helps to highlight 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.

This year’s survey will run from Jan. 6-20. On Monday, Jan. 6, all employees, including Guthrie Cortland Medical Center, will receive an email with a link to the survey. Leading up to this, each week in Friday Facts we will share information about the survey, how results are used and why it’s important to hear from every employee. Make sure to add your voice - it will tell us where things are working well and where we can continue to improve to ensure that we are delivering the highest level of care to our patients.

Guthrie Participates in GivingTuesday

Guthrie was pleased to participate in GivingTuesday for the first time on Tuesday, Dec. 3. GivingTuesday is a global initiative that encourages people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. 

Guthrie participated by “taking over” social media on Tuesday to educate and encourage the community to donate to Guthrie causes that support our patients and their families. Guthrie posted over 15 stories throughout the day that spotlighted the causes and patients who were assisted in the past by the funds. Our GivingTuesday stories resulted in multiple media outlets throughout the region featuring Guthrie and this unique effort to raise awareness for these funds.

GivingTuesday has raised more than $4,000 in donations. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of the day by demonstrating how giving is not only about making a donation, it’s about making a difference.

Time is Running Out! Annual Required Training Modules Must be Completed by Dec. 30

The Guthrie 2020 Annual Training Modules must be completed by Dec. 30, 2019. 

Important: The latest software upgrade to Guthrie LEARN requires you to use CHROME or MICROSOFT EDGE as your browser. You may experience excessive circling or wait times if you use Internet Explorer. If you experience excessive wait times or other issues such as black screens, etc. please contact the Help Desk at 570-887-5380.

Although changes have been made to the modules, it is expected to take approximately the same amount of time to complete as the previous format.

Guthrie Physician Educates Students About Distracted Driving

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 3,000 people were killed by distracted driving in 2017. Guthrie is working with local school districts to educate students about the dangers of distracted driving and reduce related injuries. The awareness campaign has gained national recognition and has made the streets in our community safer.

Pictured below is Dr. Robert Behm, Guthrie Trauma Surgeon, and students from Sayre Area High School’s Students Against Destructive Decisions program after speaking with the media about the initiative and the impact it has had on student drivers and their families.

Save the Date for the Valentine’s Day Ball

Guthrie Corning Hospital presents the 19th Annual Valentine’s Ball on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020 at the Corning Museum of Glass. The Valentine’s Ball is the hospital’s premier fundraising event, drawing more than 300 guests each year. The theme of this year's event is Winter Wonderland. Proceeds benefit the Cancer Center at Guthrie Corning Hospital.

Tickets will be on sale soon and sponsorship opportunities are available now. Click here for more information about the event.

Applications for Guthrie Scholarship Program for Area Seniors Due Jan. 24

Guthrie offers scholarships to area high school seniors who are planning a career in health care. Students must be a member of the Class of 2020 and enroll in a health-related program of study.

There are also a limited number of Guthrie Employee Scholarships for the children of Guthrie employees. The employee must be a .6 FTE or greater and have at least one year of employment with Guthrie. These scholarships will support any field of study.

Full details and the applications are available at:

  •, then click the link “Scholarship Application" in the left margin.
  • School Guidance Departments
  • Guthrie Human Resources (Sayre campus and Corning Hospital)
  • Guthrie Administration Offices (Sayre campus and Corning Centerway)

The deadline for applying for these scholarships is Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. Children of Guthrie physicians are not eligible. If you have any questions, please call Kim Stermer at 570-887-3004.

ATA News

The ATA Portal and WebClock will be down from 10 p.m. – Midnight on Saturday, Dec. 14. All timeclocks will undergo a reboot starting at 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14. Employees that are working during this downtime should be prepared to clock in via timeclock. If both timeclock and WebClock are unavailable, please communicate with your manager and/or fill out a time correction form.

For Managers:

  • During this holiday season, managers are encouraged to review the delegation tip sheet found on the ATA Intranet page, ATA Resources. When delegating, managers must delegate ALL departments and must delegate until Tuesday after Payroll Monday.
  • In order to make the approval process go more smoothly, managers are encouraged to approve timesheets for employees not working on the weekend by end of day on Friday. Managers must approve timesheets even if there are no hours for an employee. All timesheets must be approved by 10 a.m. on Monday and approved before payroll can be processed. A delay by one department will halt payroll processing for the entire system.

This does not apply to employees of Guthrie Cortland Medical Center.

Guthrie Receives Appreciation Award

This summer, Guthrie was a Gold Sponsor of the Endless Mountain Music Festival, a non-profit organization committed to enriching the cultural, economic and educational life of the Twin Tiers. With Guthrie's help, Endless Mountain Music Festival reached over 2,000 children with music programs this year.

Paul VerValin, Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer is pictured below with an appreciation award presented by Endless Mountain Music Festival for Guthrie's contribution.

Guthrie Choraliers Holiday Performance

The Guthrie Choraliers will hold their final concert of the season on Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 12 p.m. in the Guthrie Clinic Atrium in Sayre. 

The Choraliers are a Guthrie tradition that brings together staff, retirees and trustees to form a holiday choir. The choir has traditionally performed in locations both at Guthrie and area senior citizen communities to bring holiday spirit and entertainment to all. In addition to vocalists, this year the group has added clarinetists, a flautist, a trombonist and percussionists.

If you would like to join this fun group of talented musicians either as a vocalist or instrumentalist, mark October 2020 on your calendar and join the tradition! For more information on the Guthrie Choraliers, contact Cindy Opeka at

Holiday Performances in Sayre

Guthrie will host a number of musical performances to spread cheer this holiday season. Performances will be held in the Clinic Atrium on Guthrie’s Sayre Campus and the Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital cafeteria. Click here to view the full schedule.

These performances are open to the public and feature a flexible format so that patients, family members, visitors and employees may come and go as needed during performances.

Indoor Farmers Market Back in Sayre

The indoor farmers market is back at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital in the cafeteria. The market will be open every Wednesday in December from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Stop by and visit the different vendors and learn about their products. Please note: Not all vendors accept credit/debit cards.

Guthrie HealthWorks' Healthy Living Meet-Up

Guthrie HealthWorks will host a Healthy Living Meet-Up, titled "Staying the Course” on Tuesday, Jan. 14 from 6-7 p.m. Guthrie Internal Medicine Physician Dr. Russell Woglom will be the guest speaker. During this free, open forum event, Dr. Woglom will discuss best practices to slow the progression and effect of Type 2 diabetes in order to live a long, healthy life.

O365 Tip of the Month

In an effort to help staff maximize the features available through Office 365, we will be highlighting O365 applications and uses each month, including an overview of the application, uses at Guthrie and helpful links to training.

Training on Workplace

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New On-Hold Messages at Guthrie Locations

Each quarter, Guthrie updates the messages heard when a person calls any Guthrie location. These messages are specific to each location and are approved by the location's leadership. If you are interested in finding out which messages callers will hear for the third quarter at each location, you can view the scripts on the Strategic Planning and Marketing page on the intranet.

This Week on Workplace

Three Guthrie physicians, Dr. Jean Miner, Dr. Katherine Lincoln and Dr. Jedediah McClintic earned their master’s of science degree in Healthcare Administration at Kings College.

The Young Professionals Network held its 2019 Holiday Party.

The Guthrie Cortland Medical Center shows off its holiday spirit.

Guthrie Big Flats welcomed its new additions to the Physical Therapy Staff, Scott Hartman, PTA and MacKenzie Weber, PTA.

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

Events Across the Guthrie System

Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital Tree Ceremony – Friday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. in the main lobby.

Blood Drive in Sayre – in the Patterson Auditorium on Guthrie’s Sayre Campus.

  • Monday, Dec. 16 from 12-5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 17 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Guthrie Troy Community Hospital Tree Ceremony – Thursday, Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. in the main lobby.

Healthy Living Meet-Up – Tuesday, Jan. 14 from 6-7 p.m. at HealthWorks.