This Week: Friday, October 20, 2017

Week of October 20, 2017

Giving Back is Sweet During the United Way Campaign

The annual Guthrie United Way Campaign is going strong and will run until Nov. 1. If you are ready to make your gift, we have some opportunities for you. 

Make your gift by Oct. 27 and your entire office could be creepin’ it real with a king-sized candy basket delivered to your location on Halloween day, Tuesday, Oct. 31. Visit Guthrie Gives Back on Workplace to get a good look at this giant prize. Photos of the winning department/office will be on Workplace Oct. 31.

Stop by the IS Bake Sale on Friday, Oct. 27 from 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Sumner Lobby on the Guthrie Sayre campus. All proceeds will benefit the United Way of Bradford County.

Trick or Treat for United Way in front of the cafeteria at all four hospitals on Oct. 31 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. You will receive a Halloween treat if you have already made your gift or if you make a gift or pledge at the table that day.

All employees who donate at any point during the campaign will be entered to win one of two fall inspired gift baskets. Check out Guthrie Gives Back on Workplace to see the baskets and for photos of the prize winners!

To make a gift to the United Way of your choice, please visit If you prefer to make your gift using a paper form, please contact Resource Development at or by calling 570-887-4420.

Health and Wellness Event with Mayo Expert in Big Flats - Nov. 9

Guthrie is hosting a free health and wellness event on Nov. 9 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. at the Big Flats Community Center at 476 Maple Street in Big Flats, N.Y. This event will feature keynote presentations by Dr. Matthew T. Gettman, Mayo Clinic Urology, who will speak on advances in Robotic Surgery for urinary, gynecologic, colorectal and ear, nose and throat health and Dr. Rajbabu Krishnamoorthy, Guthrie Clinic Urology, who will speak on urinary health, prevention and treatment of kidney stones. Guthrie clinicians will offer blood pressure screenings, healthy eating education, cancer care education, weight loss information and stroke prevention education. Bring your questions to our panel of Primary Care Providers and Urologists from Guthrie and ask the experts. This event has limited seating. Register now by calling 570-887-4415.

2017 Employee Benefit and Wellness Fairs a Success

Employees that visited the Guthrie Employee Benefit and Wellness fairs last week in Sayre and Corning had the opportunity to learn about their employee benefits, community resources, Guthrie services and receive their flu shot. The theme for the fairs this year was "Musicals". Over 800 flu shots were administered between the two fairs and more than 20 vendors attended. Thank you to all who helped make these fairs a success.

November Flu Shot Clinic Schedule for Sayre

The best way to protect yourself, your family and our patients from the flu is to get your mandatory flu shot as soon as possible. There are many upcoming opportunities to get your vaccination at Guthrie employee health in Sayre. Click here to see the schedule.

Veterans Committee Poppy Contest - Get Your Poppies

The Guthrie Veterans Committee will host the annual poppy display contest in advance of Veterans Day. Each department in the organization is challenged to create a display with 50 red poppies, which can be placed in break rooms or patient waiting areas to honor employees on your team who are current service members or veterans, or who have family members in the military. This year's theme is “We Support Them.” Clinic locations should go to Clinic Administration to pick up their poppies. Poppies can be picked up at Administration for Troy Community Hospital, Towanda Memorial Hospital and Corning Hospital. Robert Packer Hospital departments can pick their poppies up at Nurse Education. Regional locations who would like to receive poppies should contact Ryan Eberlin at or call the Guthrie Veterans Committee at 570-887-VETS (8387).

New this year, the judging will take place via Workplace in order to make it easier for regional locations to participate. Participants will snap a photo of their display and upload it to the One Guthrie group on Workplace or send to to be added to the album. All employees will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite display. Photos should be submitted by Friday, Nov. 3.

Winners will be announced during a ceremony in honor of Veterans Day on Friday, Nov. 10 at 12:15 p.m. in the Clinic Atrium on the Guthrie Sayre Campus.

Guthrie Goes Pink - Oct. 27

Be a part of Guthrie’s recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Wear pink on Oct. 27 and snap a photo of you or your team with a camera or smart phone. Add your photos to the Social group  on Workplace or email them to to be included in the album.

Guthrie Holiday Choir in Need of Director

For many years, Guthrie has had a wonderful tradition of bringing 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. 

This would not have been possible without longtime director Joan McCarty and accompanist Lois Blood. Many thanks to these ladies for their hard work and dedication during so many busy holiday seasons.

To continue this holiday tradition for another year, the choir is in need of a new director to select music, run rehearsals and book performance dates. Some sheet music is already available from previous years. If you or someone you know may be interested, please reach out to Cindy Opeka at 570-887-5198.

Guthrie Ladies Night Out – Oct. 26

Celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a fun evening of shopping, information and treats!

Ladies Night Out will be held on Thursday, Oct. 26 from 4 - 7 p.m. at the Owego Treadway, 1100 Route 17C in Owego. Activities include an “Ask-The-Expert” area with Guthrie specialists, local vendors with an assortment of merchandise and Guthrie representatives from a variety of services. Meet with representatives from cancer screening programs for residents of New York and Pennsylvania. Free flu shots will be available for the first 50 people. Win great prizes and enjoy refreshments! Bring your mother, daughters, sisters and friends. There is no cost to attend. This event is made possible by a grant from Susan G. Komen Upstate New York. For more information or with questions, call 570-887-5241. 

Free Community Healthy Eating Class at Guthrie Corning Hospital

A community class called “Healthy Eating for the Holidays and Beyond” will be held from 5 – 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 7 in the Guthrie Corning Hospital Conference Rooms. Join Julie Walenta, Guthrie HealthWorks Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, for a free interactive class for adults about making healthier food choices this holiday season and into the new year. Participants will also receive a free healthy holiday recipe booklet. Seating is limited. Please register online at or by calling 570-887-4663.

Guthrie Troy Community Hospital Celebrates Trauma Level 4

Guthrie Troy Community Hospital celebrates its level 4 trauma accreditation for 4 years. Congratulations to the team!

Participate in the Free Guthrie Employee Wellness YMCA Challenge

Guthrie is teaming up with the River Valley YMCA and My Virtual Y to offer some new options for Guthrie employees. From Oct. 9 – Nov. 8 we will be running two challenges:

Challenge 1: Sit down to a meal at least 1x per week with family or friends. 

Challenge 2: Movement. Utilize the My Virtual Y classes to move at your fitness pace.                                                            

My Virtual Y is free for employees to use through the dates of the challenges. The site will ask for a credit card but you will not be charged when you use the code “guthrie31”. If you do not choose to continue your membership, you will need to remember to cancel it. Click here for more information on how to enter the challenges and access the My Virtual Y.

Guthrie Nurse Achieves Bariatric Nurse Certification

Congratulations to Mary Hutz, BSN, MSE, CBN, who successfully completed the Certified Bariatric Nurse (CBN) Exam. This certification comes from the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) which strives to enhance and promote the specialty of bariatric nursing care. Mary has served as the bariatric program coordinator for Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital and the Guthrie Weight Loss Center since 2011.  

The Certified Bariatric Nurse (CBN) Examination is designed to assess the professional competence of practitioners in Bariatric nursing. Candidates must demonstrate competence in all technical aspects of Bariatric nursing (i.e.: pre-operative, peri-operative, post-operative and follow-up care, multi-disciplinary team collaboration, outreach and program administration.)

Registered nurses with experience working with bariatric surgical patients are strongly encouraged to sit for the CBN Exam.  

2018 CBN Exam Dates

  • Early Online Registration Opens: 10/30/17
  • Regular Registration Deadline: 1/15/2018
  • Exam Administration: 1/22 through 2/28/2018

Click here to register or for more information. 

Guthrie Troy Community Hospital Auxiliary Poinsettia Sale

The Guthrie Troy Community Hospital Auxiliary is kicking off the holiday season with its annual poinsettia sale. All funds raised support Guthrie Troy Community Hospital.

The poinsettias are available in three colors: red, white and pink, and there are three sizes, 4 ½ “, 6 ½ “and 8”. The 8” pots are available only in red. Advance orders only. Orders and payment are due on Nov. 13.

Poinsettia pick up is 2:30 - 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 15 at the First Baptist Church of Troy. To arrange delivery, call Linda Miller at 570-297-2388 by Dec. 12. 

Orders can be placed with any Auxiliary member, or by calling the Guthrie Troy Community Hospital Gift Shop at 570-297-2121.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

50 percent of injuries resulting from domestic violence are around the head, neck and face and at least 50 percent of women who are in an abusive relationship have been strangled. Traumatic brain injury is an injury incurred from repeated blows to the head or from being strangled. A patient suffering traumatic brain injury may complain of chronic headaches, dizziness, memory loss or pain.   

The Abuse and Rape Crisis Center offers training and support to medical providers regarding domestic violence, a 24/7 hotline, free and confidential counseling, trauma therapy, legal advocacy, medical advocacy, children's advocacy, emergency shelter and education in the schools and community.  

Call the Abuse and Rape Crisis Center at 570-265-5333 for the office and hotline, or at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital at 570-887-4589.

Reminder - Guthrie Tribute to Veterans Submissions Due Nov. 3

In honor of Veterans Day on Nov. 11, Guthrie is collecting a "Tribute to the Troops" to honor employees and their family members who are serving or have served in the armed forces. This tribute will be posted on the announcements page on Guthrie’s Intranet, Workplace and Friday Facts on Nov. 10.

If you are an employee who has served or is serving in the armed forces or have a family member who has served or is serving and would like to be included in this tribute, please send the following information to Michelle Watkins via email at no later than Friday, Nov. 3.

  • Name of veteran or individual serving and their rank (as it should be listed).
  • Indicate whether they are an employee; or their relationship to the employee and the name of the employee.
  • Branch of Armed Forces and dates of service.
  • If they are a POW, MIA or KIA.

If you have submitted a name in the past, it will carry over to this year's tribute. You can click here to see the list.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Michelle Watkins at 570-887-5293.

Blocking PTO on Outlook

The transition to Outlook is nearly complete across the system. Check out the O-365 Training Tips and Tricks group on Workplace for some helpful tips or to ask any questions you may have. You can also find available training dates on Guthrie Learn.

One quirk in Outlook that differs from Lotus Notes is how to block PTO.  In Outlook, if you add PTO as an all-day or half day, be sure to select "Out of Office" under the "Show As:" dropdown box. This will ensure that others who access your calendar to schedule meetings will see that you are not available.

Guthrie Laboratory Now Offering Fecal Immunochemical Test

The Guthrie Laboratory began offering the Fecal Immunochemical Test on Oct. 2. The FIT test detects blood in stool for early detection of colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths in the United States. When detected early, it is very treatable. FIT testing will improve colorectal screening rates for our Guthrie patients.

Guthrie Physician Visits Elementary School

Guthrie Physician, Dr. Koryn Johnston, met with first graders at Blossburg Elementary School on Thursday, Oct. 12. She was able to share what she does and talk about what it means to be a physician.

Guthrie Organizational Development to Offer Basic Medical Terminology Course

Guthrie Organizational Development is offering an eight-week course on Basic Medical Terminology where participants will learn 350 Greek and Latin medical word parts that can help with deciphering thousands of complex medical terminologies. The course will take place on eight Fridays from Oct. 20 - Dec. 15 (no class on Nov. 24) in Classroom C of the Patterson Building on the Guthrie Sayre campus. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. If you have questions or would like to register, please call Organizational Development at 570-887-5336, email, or you may self-enroll through Guthrie Learn by logging in, clicking on “Search Guthrie Learn,” click on “Professional Development,” clicking on the Class Name, and then “Enroll” in the upper righthand portion of the screen. Click here for the full Fall Organizational Development Class Schedule.

Chili Luncheon for Cancer Survivors Day in Sayre – Nov. 11

A luncheon to support the Annual Guthrie Cancer Survivors Day will be held on Friday, Nov. 10 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the 5 Main Sunroom on the Guthrie Sayre campus where there will be a chili lunch served to staff. This event is first-come first-served while supplies last. The Guthrie Cancer Center will provide the lunch which will include a bowl of chili, corn bread muffin, dessert and a drink for $6.

Guthrie Holds Customer Service Appreciation Week

This month, Guthrie held a Customer Appreciation Week for courtesy service staff and bus drivers that included a new theme and food item every day of the week. Some of the food and themes were “Muffin to do but appreciate you" and "Let’s taco ‘bout how awesome you are". 

Hot Jobs This Week

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

Job #109055 – Registered Nurse – Cardiac Cath Lab

Job #109601 – Registered Nurse – EP Lab

These positions are full time and are located at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. 

To see this 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. 

Events Across the Guthrie System

Guthrie Ladies Night Out – Oct. 26 – 4 – 7 p.m. at the Owego Treadway, 1100 Route 17C in Owego. 

CME Program in Danville – Oct. 26 – 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., 7 a.m. registration at the Henry Hood Center for Health Research in the Auditorium. Click here to register. 

Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital Auxiliary Linen Sale 

  • Thursday, Oct. 26 – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital cafeteria. 
  • Friday, Oct. 27 – 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital cafeteria. 

IS Halloween Bake Sale for the United Way of Bradford County - Oct. 27 - 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Sumner Lobby on Guthrie Sayre campus.

Sullivan County Health Fair – Oct. 28 – 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Sullivan County Elementary School in Laporte, Pa.

Guthrie Cardiac and Vascular Center Pacemaker Support Group – Nov. 1 – 1:30 – 3 p.m. in the Patterson Building Auditorium on the Guthrie Sayre campus. Please register by Oct. 31 by leaving a message at 570-887-2324.

Diabetes Health Fair in Horseheads – Nov. 4 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Arnot Mall in Horseheads, N.Y.

Age Well, Live Well – Health and Wellness Event – Nov. 9 – 5:30 – 7 p.m. at the Big Flats Community Center. There is limited seating for this event, call 570-887-4415 to register.

Guthrie Survivor’s Day Chili Luncheon – Nov. 11 – 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. or while supplies last in the 5 Main Sunroom on the Guthrie Sayre campus for $6.  

Spencer Health Fair – Nov. 11 – 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Old Grange Hall Inspire Building at 57 E. Tioga St. in Spencer, N.Y.

Sayre Turkey Trot – Nov. 23 – Thanksgiving Day at 10 a.m. in front of the Sayre Theater. Click here to register.