This Week: Friday, June 14, 2019

Week of June 14, 2019

Guthrie Welcomes New Providers

Guthrie is pleased to welcome the following providers who have recently joined the organization:

Ian Phillip Snider, DO, MS, FAAFP, Bariatric Medicine.
Nikki A. Fitch, FNP-C, Family Medicine.
Lindsay C. MacConaghy, MD, Emergency Medicine.
Gurpreet Singh, MD, Hospitalist.
Mark E. Vadney, DO, Anesthesiology.

Power Restored on Sayre Campus

Penelec has reported that a short in the main line caused an outage in Sayre Borough this morning. Power has been restored to RPH and the Sayre Campus, however as a precaution, the OR and surgical rooms will remain on generator power until further notice. 

Annual Required Training Modules Have Changed

The Guthrie 2020 Annual Training Modules will be available beginning July 1, 2019 and must be completed by December 30, 2019. There will be a new look and feel this year to ensure this annual training has a more effective visual appeal and creates a deeper understanding of the material to set expectations of performance and behavior.

What are the new changes? The training will appear more like a magazine article with two columns and related pictures with purpose and sequence to each page. You will also experience:

  • Each page is timed (anywhere from 5 to 15 seconds) to when the user will see the back and forward button appear at the bottom of the page. You will no longer be able to click through the pages quickly to answer the questions. 
  • Questions will be asked at strategic points in the training (after the objective is covered) in lieu of questions placed at the end of the presentation.
  • Answers to some quiz questions will have more than one answer. The questions will ask you to select the appropriate or best “answer” or “answers.” You will have to re-try the question if you get it wrong to proceed with the training module.

Additionally, as continuous process improvement, we are leveraging technology that enables all managers to use “Team Monitor.” Team Monitor enables managers to see training completion and overdue status of all downline reporting relationships. It replaces manual running/tracking of individual Excel reports and e-mailing them to managers across The Guthrie Clinic. 

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.

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.

Chef of the Quarter

Leaders from across the Guthrie system partner with the food and nutrition teams at each of our hospitals for the Chef of the Quarter program. Sponsored by the Guthrie Wellness Committee, Chef of the Quarter features healthy recipes served by guest chefs at each of the Guthrie hospital cafeterias. 

Thursday, June 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

  • Guthrie Corning Hospital – Kate Mohr, Executive Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer.
  • Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital – Frederick J. Bloom, MD, President, Guthrie Medical Group.
  • Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital - Philip J. Ryan, CPA, Chief Financial Officer.
  • Guthrie Cortland Medical Center - Donnie Skerpon, Administrative Chief of Staff.

Friday, June 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

  • Guthrie Troy Community Hospital - Mary Ann Dougherty, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Growth.

Resident Signing Ceremony

A special signing ceremony was held for three of Guthrie's Internal Medicine residents who have signed a contract to remain with Guthrie upon completion of their training. Subash Ghimire, MD and Asish Regmi, MD will be joining the Sayre Hospitalist team in July of 2019 and Harshil Shah, MD will be joining the Corning Hospitalist team in July 2020.

Asish Regmi, MD, Subash Ghimire, MD, Harshil Shah, MD and Dr. Theodore Them, Chief of Occupational Medicine.

MASH Camp 2019 in Cortland

Guthrie Cortland Medical Center will hold MASH Camp 2019 on July 24 and 25. This camp is an opportunity for students entering 8-12th grade to experience the healthcare world in an interactive way. Involvement in MASH Camp increases student awareness and understanding of the hospital setting and structure. 

Visit to submit your application or email with any questions.

Safety Day in Sayre

Guthrie will hold a Safety Day on Saturday, June 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Guthrie Endocrinology Building parking lot off Desmond Street in Sayre. The event will be held in conjunction with the Sayre Street Fair. Many Guthrie booths will be available during the event including dietary, home health, trauma, dental and volunteer services. Community partners will also attend, including Canton Smoke House, Sayre Fire Department and Greater Valley EMS. Join us to learn vital safety information to keep you and your loved ones safe.

Email Etiquette Reminder

Please keep email efficient with these tips. When sending an email, use the proper address field to alert the recipient(s) of expected action:

  • To: these are the people you’re directly addressing in your message
  • CC: these are the people you’re publicly informing of the message
  • BCC: these are the people you’re privately informing of the message

Neither CC nor BCC recipients are expected to respond.

BCC is also useful for mass emails, like announcements. Mass emails should be reserved for informational purposes and may span a wide range of contacts (not everyone on the mailing list knows each other). As a basic rule, Bcc if the number of recipients exceeds 30, saving everyone the pain of scrolling through a million addresses and eliminating the ability for all on the list to reply to all. To do so, enter your own address in the “To:” field so it’s the only one shown.

Do not reply all on a mass email asking to be removed. This creates additional unnecessary email for everyone else and will not achieve your goal. Instead, reply only to the original sender and ask to be removed from the distribution of future messages of this type.

The New Workplace Experience

On July 1, 2019, you will experience two major changes to Workplace. These changes are designed to make the tool easier to use with a focus on connecting, collaborating and productivity. 

The first change to Workplace is a website redesign, intended to align more closely with how people want to use Workplace at work, while remaining intuitive and familiar. The new experience introduces a different look with a simplified navigation bar on the left side of the screen for key workflows. Click here for more information on the new design.

The second change is a move to a new URL. The new URL to access Workplace will be The old link ( will redirect for a short time during the transition. In preparation for this change, please update any bookmarks or any other instance where you may have the old URL to Workplace saved. The new address ( is already active so this change can be made as soon as possible. If you have the Mobile Workplace App downloaded, please be sure to update it on your device after the change on July 1. Click here for more information about the URL change.

Please contact Angela Buck or Samantha Lantz in Corporate Communications at 570-887-4415 for more information.

Fidelity One-on-One Meetings in Sayre

Fidelity one-on-one meetings will take place between on Tuesday, June 18 and Wednesday, June 19 at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital. If you are interested in scheduling an appointment, please call Fidelity at 1-800-642-7131 or visit

Central Scheduling Expands to Corning Hospital

The Sayre-based Guthrie Central Scheduling Program continues expanding to include more hospital departments and clinics at Guthrie. This change to a more streamlined scheduling process offers patients expanded business hours and increased access to the care they deserve.

Starting June 17, 2019, patients can call 607-937-8674 or 570-887-7150 to schedule an appointment for services located at Guthrie Corning Hospital through Central Scheduling.


Catering Orders Update
The new catering system will go live for Robert Packer Hospital and Corning Hospital on June 24, 2019. It replaces the existing Lotus Notes catering system which will retire on June 30, 2019, along with the entire Lotus Notes system. Future orders and recurring orders currently in the Lotus Notes catering system will not be imported into the new catering system. All orders with a date of July 1, 2019 or later must be entered into the new catering system.

PTO Year-End Adjustment 
Employees with a Paid Time Off (PTO) balance above the maximum allowed carryover as of the end of the last full pay period of the fiscal year (June 29, 2019) will have their PTO adjusted down to the maximum. This does not include employees at Guthrie Cortland Medical Center or members of the Bargaining Unit at Guthrie Corning Hospital.

Hot Job This Week

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

Job #114540 – Registered Nurse Medical/Surgical – Full Time – Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital

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. 

This Week on Workplace

Guthrie Corning Centerway presented Lynne Drake with the June Employee of the Month Award.

Guthrie Wellsboro joined the Children’s Health Fair on The Green to talk about the importance of safety at dawn, dusk and dark.

The Guthrie Federal Credit Union provided its annual Spring clean-up of the landscaping at the Sayre House of Hope.

Women from Guthrie attended the 8th Annual Fund for Women Fundraising Dinner at the Corning Museum of Glass.

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

Events Across the Guthrie System

GCMC Safety Day – Friday, June 14 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Assembly Room/ASU Parking Lot at Guthrie Cortland Medical Center.

Golf for Guthrie – Friday, June 21 at 9 a.m. at The Club at Shepard Hills in Waverly, N.Y. Click here for more information.

Safety Day in Sayre – Saturday, June 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Guthrie Endocrinology Building parking lot off Desmond Street in Sayre.