This Week: Friday, November 9, 2018

Week of November 9, 2018

Open Enrollment Begins Nov. 10

For the plan year beginning Jan. 1, 2019, the annual benefits open enrollment period will be held Nov. 10 - Dec. 10. This will again be an online process accessed through the PeopleSoft Self Service portal on the Guthrie Intranet page or via the Employee Login link from the Internet for all employees.

All benefit eligible employees should log in to open enrollment to ensure the tobacco surcharge and spousal surcharge are being applied (or not applied) correctly and to select their benefit elections for the upcoming plan year. If you want to enroll in a Flexible Spending Account in 2019, you must make a new election. You can find the spousal surcharge form on the Open Enrollment Intranet page. Employees should also take a moment to review address, phone number, and emergency contact information to ensure that it is correct.

All employees can access their enrollment election form online where they can: review their current benefit enrollment information, make any necessary changes to benefit elections for the upcoming calendar year and consent to receive their 1095 and W2 electronically. A booklet explaining benefit information for the 2019 plan year will be mailed to all employee homes. You may also access the open enrollment booklets and other open enrollment documents on the intranet at

Changes to the Guthrie Network Advantage plan this benefit year include:
-Cortland Regional Medical Center (soon to become Guthrie Cortland Medical Center) will be in the primary network.
-Coverage is only available for providers and facilities who participate with Blue Cross.
-The copay for an ER visit will be $100 for the first four visits and $150 for any additional visits.
-The copay for a primary care office visit in the primary network will increase to $20.
-Premiums will increase 6% this plan year.

Changes to Life and Disability Benefits (All Employees):
All employees will use a new process when applying for a disability leave or FMLA. This will be handled directly by Cigna. Click here to view the new process. 

Changes to Voluntary Supplementary Benefits (All Employees):
Please note that voluntary supplementary benefit plans will this year be offered through MetLife. Enrollment will be completed through NaviLink for all staff members.

A critical component of being prepared for open enrollment is to know your PeopleSoft username and password. Your PeopleSoft login is the same information that you use for PeopleSoft Self Service to access payroll and personal information and when using PeopleSoft Recruiting Solutions when applying for job openings. If you do not already know your password, make sure to contact the help desk at 570-887-5380 for assistance. For assistance with MetLife Voluntary benefits please call the Voluntary Benefit Enrollment Center at 1-888-317-3759.

We understand that online open enrollment may be challenging for some staff, and the Human Resources team is here to support you. Staff members are welcome to complete their open enrollment using the kiosks in the Human Resources lobby of the Foundation Building on the Guthrie Sayre campus from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. Staff will be available from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. for support or to answer questions. There will also be a kiosk in Guthrie Corning Hospital Human Resources available from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Support for other locations will be communicated on the Guthrie Intranet and Workplace as well as in Friday Facts.

If you have additional questions, please contact the Benefits staff in Human Resources in Sayre at 570-887-4401. In addition, look for more information about open enrollment in Friday Facts, Workplace and on the Announcements Page of the Guthrie Intranet.

Please take the time necessary to fully understand your Guthrie benefits and to choose wisely those elections most appropriate for your personal situation.

Guthrie Named One of Nation’s Most Wired Health Care Systems

Guthrie has been recognized as one of the nation’s Most Wired hospitals, according to the results of the 2018 Most Wired Survey released by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). This is the eighth consecutive year and the twelfth time in sixteen years that Guthrie has been recognized with a Most Wired award.

The HealthCare's Most Wired program recognizes organizations that demonstrate excellence in IT implementation and innovation. Since 1999, the Most Wired survey has been assessing hospitals and health systems on their adoption, implementation and use of information technology. 

Congratulations to the entire Information Services team for this achievement.

Guthrie Honors Those Who Served

Happy Veteran’s Day on Nov. 11 to all those who have served, past and present. Please click here to see a list of those current service members and veterans who have a connection to Guthrie.

All are invited to a brief ceremony honoring veterans in the Clinic Atrium in Sayre at 12:15 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9. The event will include remarks and refreshments and the winner of the Guthrie Veterans Committee Poppy Display Contest will be announced. The ceremony will also be available in the Guthrie Veterans Activities group on Workplace. 

As part of Guthrie’s recognition of Veteran’s Day, veterans will receive notes of thanks and a small token of appreciation. Thank you to all who have served!

Be A Quitter! Join the Great American Smokeout

Quitting smoking has benefits from day one, but quitting can be a challenge. During the Great American Smokeout on Nov. 15, Guthrie wants to support employees in their efforts to quit and stay quit. You may not be ready to quit that day, but you can start making a plan to quit soon. Members of the Guthrie Cancer and Employee Wellness Teams will have information available for employees who are interested in learning how to quit.

If you are a long time smoker and are still smoking, or have quit smoking, you may have concerns about lung cancer. Guthrie’s Lung Nurse Navigator will be on hand to do lung cancer pre-screenings and answer questions about screening.

Stop by the table on Thursday, Nov. 15 from 8:30 – 11 a.m. at Guthrie Corning Hospital outside the cafeteria and from 12 – 2:30 p.m. at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital outside the cafeteria. At that time you’ll be able to:

  • receive a quit smoking support kit when you do a free lung cancer pre-screening
  • spin the wheel and win prizes for your knowledge about lung cancer
  • test your smell, taste and lung strength
  • receive free quit smoking resources
  • learn more about support and available resource for Guthrie employees

Guthrie Tobacco Policy – Enhanced Enforcement

As we approach the Great American Smokeout, the Guthrie Tobacco Committee has been reflecting on the terrific progress we have made as an organization toward reducing and eliminating tobacco use among our employees. So many employees have sought help and are successfully avoiding tobacco use during paid work time.

We all have a part to play in keeping our Guthrie facilities tobacco free. Please continue to approach employees, visitors, patients and others that you see using tobacco on our campuses or in line of sight for our employees. Recently, we have heard from neighbors near the Sayre campus that employees are spending time loitering in areas that are out of sight of the campus and also leaving cigarette butts in these same locations. 

We must not let this happen. We need to be good neighbors to the communities surrounding our campuses.  Our grounds crews have been working hard to keep our Guthrie property and bordering areas free from cigarette butts left by employees and visitors, but there is still room to enhance this effort. I ask that any employee who sees cigarette butts on or near Guthrie property please contact Lydia Martin in Facilities at 570-887-4770 to leave an anonymous tip. If we all work together to identify and solve this issue, we will be much more successful.

Please join me and our Tobacco-Free committee in our efforts to eliminate the use of tobacco products across our organization., knowing that we are doing what is right for the generations of employees to follow us. To support this goal, members of the Tobacco Free Committee will begin making routine rounds around our campuses and ask others to join in spreading this very important message.

Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital Pillars of Excellence Award

The November Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital Pillars of Excellence Award was presented to Yvonne Mack, patient care partner. According to one of her co-workers, “Yvonne goes to every floor in between her own work to help out anyone who needs it. Not just once in a while – every day she is working. She is always willing to do whatever is needed; always pleasant; always positive; always smiling." Yvonne received flowers, an engraved award and a parking spot for the month of November. 

The Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital Pillars of Excellence Award is presented monthly to an employee who demonstrates consistent, positive behaviors and meets eligibility criteria. The RPH Employee Recognition Committee reviews nominations and selects one honoree each month. Nomination forms and award criteria are available on the Guthrie intranet or from department managers.  

Congratulations to all those who were nominated this month: Yvonne Bashore, 6SW; Janice McCracken, 6NW; Kayla Robinson, 6SW; Joel Smith, MRI; Michele Verano, Volunteer Services.

Thanksgiving Week Payroll and Accounts Payable Schedule Adjustments

Due to Guthrie’s observance of the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, Nov. 22 and Friday, Nov. 23, both payroll and accounts payable check mailing/release will be moved to Wednesday, Nov. 21. These changes impact the submission deadline for timesheets and accounts payable submissions as follows: 

•Paychecks will be available at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 21 for Sayre campus employees. Off-campus employees will receive their checks via courier on Wednesday, Nov. 21.
•All timesheets must be submitted to payroll by Friday, Nov. 16 with the exception of those scheduled to work past 5 p.m. on that day.
•Timesheets are due no later than 9 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18 for those individuals scheduled to work a shift past 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16. 
•Any timesheets received after the Sunday deadline will be considered late and a paycheck will not be available on Wednesday, Nov. 21.
•It is very important that all employees comply with these deadlines in order to meet the banking deadlines for direct deposit.
•Questions or concerns may be directed to Jonna Smith in the payroll department at 570-887-5536.

Accounts Payable 
•Accounts payable checks to Guthrie vendors and employees will be mailed/released on Wednesday, Nov. 21.
•In order for the Accounts Payable team to process and issue checks on the required check schedule, all requests for that week need to be submitted to Accounts Payable by 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16.
•Questions or concerns may be directed to Accounts Payable staff members Lisa Wascalis at 570-887-4276.  

Guthrie Veteran to be Guest of Honor

Veteran Eugene Miller, grounds maintenance worker at Guthrie in Sayre, has been invited to be the guest of honor and guest speaker at the Schools Battalion, Training and Education Command for its Marine Corps Birthday Ball Celebration in Las Vegas, Nev. on Nov. 17.

Eugene joined the services in 1984 and has earned three Meritorious Service Medals, a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals and two Combat Action Ribbons. He also earned eleven Sea Service Deployment Ribbons adding up to seven years and nine months of deployed time overseas.

This Marine Corps Birthday Ball Celebration is held to celebrate the founding of the Marines on Nov. 10. Formal commemoration of the birthday of the Marine Corps began on Nov. 10, 1921, the day that the Second Continental Congress resolved in 1775 to raise two groups of Continental Marines. Eugene will be honored for his time in service in the Marine Corps. Congratulations, Eugene, on this honor!

Breakfast with Santa – Dec. 8

Join us for the annual Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 8 - 10:30 a.m. in the Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital Cafeteria. 

Tickets include breakfast and one free photo with Santa. Children's photos with Santa are provided by Smith Photography. Other photo packages will be available for purchase. 

Tickets for this event can be purchased in the Connection Gift Shop, Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital cafeteria, by contacting Jennifer Chapman at or on the day of the event. Children are $5, and adults are $6.

Save the Date for a Night in Paris

The Valentine’s Ball, hosted by Guthrie Corning Hospital Auxiliary, will be held on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 6 p.m. at Corning Museum of Glass. Proceeds will benefit the Cancer Center at Guthrie Corning Hospital. 

For more information, please contact Nichole Cocco at 570-887-4420 or by email at or visit

Guthrie Troy Community Hospital Auxiliary Poinsettia Sale

Guthrie Troy Community Hospital Auxiliary is currently taking orders for beautiful poinsettias - red, white and pink with 4 1/2" pot for $7; 6 1/2" pot for $11; the 8" pot comes in red only and sells for $20. 

The deadline to place an order is Nov. 12. Delivery will be on Dec. 14. To place an order, contact Linda Lawrence at 570-297-3212, Gerrie Barrett at Guthrie Troy Community Hospital Administration at 570-297-2121 or any auxiliary member.

Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Wreath Sale

Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital Auxiliary is currently taking orders for its annual Wreath Sale. Wreaths are all local, from Snyders in Gillett, Pa., and made fresh before delivery. Each wreath comes with a festive handmade red bow, but other bow colors are available upon request. There are two sizes and three types of evergreen available for order. 

The prices for 24-26-inch wreaths are:

  • Douglas Fir or Blue Spruce - $18
  • Mixed Greens - $20

The prices for 36-inch wreaths are:

  • Douglas Fir - $35
  • Mixed Greens - $37

Wreaths must be ordered by Monday, Nov. 19. Delivery will start on Tuesday, Dec. 4. Please call Kathie Becker at 570-637-1594 with questions or to order.

Nursing Students Spread Halloween Cheer

Mansfield University Nursing students spent Halloween night handing out candy in front of the School of Nursing building on the Guthrie Sayre campus.

NexGen Monthly Productivity & Balance Newsletter

The latest edition of the NexGen Monthly Productivity & Balance Newsletter, provided by eni, our Employee Assistance provider, is now available. This issue features information about how to prepare for the holidays while staying stress free.

Please visit the Guthrie Employee Assistance Program intranet page for more details on available services and click here to view the newsletter.

Reminder – Compliance Training Due Dec. 1

The deadline for completing Compliance Training has been extended to Dec. 1. All employees must complete the modules assigned to them in Guthrie Learn by this date. To access them go to Guthrie Learn and sign in to your account. The next step is to click on “My Training to Complete” to see your assigned modules. If you have trouble accessing or opening the modules, please contact the IT Helpdesk at 570-887-5380.

Reminder – Get Your Flu Shot by Dec. 1

All staff must receive flu shots by Dec. 1. Guthrie believes that our patients have the right to assume that health care personnel will take all reasonable measures to reduce and avoid transmission of preventable diseases, including influenza. Therefore, all employees, medical staff members, students and volunteers must have seasonal influenza vaccine. 

Click here for a list of employee flu shot opportunities across the system.

This Week on Workplace

Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital Food and Nutrition said farewell to Judy Stephens who has worked in the department for 34 years.

Sally Bennett and Rebecca Frisbie represented Guthrie at Penn State during a job fair sponsored by the Student Nurse Association.

Terry Hunsinger won the Trick or Treat candy basket, given to a supporter of the Annual United Way Campaign.

Erin Wayman, Manager of Employee Wellness, spoke to WETM TV about the indoor farmers market in Sayre.

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

Events Across the Guthrie System

Veterans Day Ceremony – Friday, Nov. 9 at 12:15 p.m. in the Clinic Atrium on the Guthrie Sayre Campus.

Great American Smokeout  

  • Thursday, Nov. 15 from 8:30 – 11 a.m. at Guthrie Corning Hospital outside the cafeteria.
  • Thursday, Nov. 15 from 12 – 2:30 p.m. at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital outside the cafeteria.

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

Guthrie Sayre Turkey Trot – Thursday, Nov. 22, Thanksgiving Day. Click here to register.

Breakfast with Santa – Saturday, Dec. 8 from 8 – 10:30 a.m. in the Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital Cafeteria.