This Week: Friday, September 13, 2019

Week of September 13, 2019

Guthrie Welcomes New Providers

ATA Important Reminders

  • All exempt employees must have a schedule entered for every workday in the pay period.
  • PTO may only be requested in ¼ hour increments. For example: Entering 2.40 hours of PTO would not be paid out correctly, employee must select 2.25 or 2.50.
  • Employees must use the timeclock nearest to their workspace or the one designated by his/her manager.
  • The ATA Command Center will close at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13. 
  • For assistance with questions or concerns, please contact the Helpdesk at  570-887-5380, or e-mail

Chef of the Quarter: Today!

Leaders from across the organization will be showing off their culinary skills at all five Guthrie hospital cafeterias today, Sept. 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Please join us for a healthy lunch served by our leadership guest chefs.

Chefs of the Quarter are:

  • Guthrie Corning Hospital – Dr. John Olmstead, Chief of Surgery at Guthrie Corning Hospital
  • Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital – Donnie Skerpon, Administrative Chief of Staff to the Chief Executive Officer, Guthrie
  • Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital – Dr. Brian Fillipo, Chief Medical Officer, Guthrie
  • Guthrie Troy Community Hospital – Lori Barnett, President and COO, Guthrie Troy Community Hospital
  • Guthrie Cortland Medical Center – Bert Robles, Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer, Guthrie

Celebrate VPP Star Site Accreditation

Guthrie Sayre campus employees are invited to a celebration for the recent accreditation of the Guthrie Medical Group, P.C. and the reaccreditation of Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital as Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star Sites. Cake will be served in the Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital cafeteria on Monday, Sept. 16 at 12:15 p.m. to celebrate these exceptional achievements.

VPP Star Site Status is the highest achievement given by OSHA. The program uses a system focused on hazard prevention and control, worksite analysis, training, management commitment and worker involvement. The Star level recognizes employers and employees for developing and implementing continuous improvement workplace safety and health management programs that result in injury/illness rates that are below the national averages for their industries.

Guthrie Home Health Receives 4.5 Star Rating

Guthrie Home Health has received a 4.5-star rating for quality of patient care from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). This rating is the same or higher than 95% of home health facilities in the country. 

CMS measures Quality of Patient Care Star Ratings on various processes and outcomes that are based on home health agency patient assessments and Medicare claims. The rating provides a single indicator of an agency's performance compared to other agencies. Across the country, most agencies are rated at 3 or 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Congratulations, Guthrie Home Health!

Paint Pink Pumpkins for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Department vs department, it’s a pumpkin-to-pumpkin battle for the best pink painted pumpkin that promotes breast cancer awareness. Gather your team and your creativity and enter to win a prize! 

Prizes are awarded to the pumpkins that receive the most votes. First prize is a department pizza party, second prize is donuts and drinks and third prize is a dessert tray.

Drop off your department entry on Thursday, Oct. 10 from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Cancer Center on the 5th floor of the Guthrie Clinic in Sayre, or on Friday, Oct. 11 before 7:30 a.m. in the Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital cafeteria. 

Voting will take place on Friday, Oct. 11 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital cafeteria. Votes cost $1 each and include an entry into a raffle basket drawing. 

Proceeds from the contest support Guthrie’s Breast Care Fund, which assists women who are experiencing financial hardship and helps provide access to the health services they need for diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.

Departments must provide their own pumpkin, props and supplies. Please keep your designs G-rated and appropriate for children to view. Write your department name on the bottom of the pumpkin. 

For more information, contact Sarah Dekay at 570-887-4566.

Corporate Revenue Cycle Hosts 2nd Annual Conference

On Aug. 21, 2019, employees of The Guthrie Clinic Corporate Revenue Cycle (CRC) team from across the system attended the second annual CRC 2020 Conference. This event included Guthrie team members representing Patient Access, Central Scheduling, A/R Management, Reimbursement, HIM, SBO and Revenue Integrity areas. 

Philip Ryan, Chief Financial Officer, The Guthrie Clinic, provided opening statements and was followed by updates from CRC management and service lines, focusing on key achievements and planned performance initiatives for FY20. Guest Speaker Martha Davis, Director of Performance Excellence, Navigant Consulting, presented useful information aligned with this year’s theme “Teamwork Makes the Dream Work.” The event also provided an opportunity to meet colleagues from across the organization with similar roles and responsibilities, to articulate our appreciation for one another, to recognize what we have achieved and to express our continued commitment to One Guthrie with a resounding “Count Me In.”

Thank you to all who contributed to making this an informative and memorable event!

2019 Benefit/Wellness Fair and Flu Shot Clinic

  • Sayre – Wednesday, Oct. 2 from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Patterson Auditorium, Guthrie Sayre campus
  • Corning – Thursday, Oct. 3 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Guthrie Corning Hospital, Niagara Rooms           

Employees are invited to the 2019 Benefit/Wellness Fair and Flu Shot Clinic to learn more about their Guthrie benefits, engage in wellness education and activities, get their flu shot, meet vendors from across the region and enjoy prize raffles and giveaways. Each year the information tables at the fair follow a different theme; this year’s theme will be “Carnival.” Check out the Employee Wellness Group on Workplace for more information and videos from the fair.

Guthrie to Host Respiratory Care Conference – Oct. 18

Respiratory Therapists are invited to attend an accredited continuing education conference hosted by Guthrie on Friday, Oct. 18 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital. Attendees will receive six continuing education credits at the completion of the conference. 

For more information or to register, visit

Showcase Your Handmade Goods at the 2019 Employee Holiday Craft Show

The Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital Auxiliary is excited to host the 2019 Employee Holiday Craft Show on Sunday, Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Guthrie’s Sayre campus. This event showcases handmade goods from employees, immediate family members, volunteers and retirees who participate as vendors. 

Being a vendor at the Employee Holiday Craft Show is a great opportunity to showcase your talents to the organization and community. Each vendor space is $20 with a two-space limit. Proceeds will be distributed between the Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital Auxiliary and the Guthrie Clinic Mark Stensager Human Services Fund.

If you are interested in being a vendor, click here for the application. Applications must be submitted along with a check or money order payable to the “Guthrie/Robert Packer Hospital Auxiliary” by Friday, Oct. 11. to:

Suzanne Storelli
The Connection Gift Shop
Robert Packer Hospital
One Guthrie Square
Sayre, Pa. 18840

Contact Suzanne Storelli at 570-887-2523, or on Workplace with questions.

Join the 2019 Guthrie Choir

As the holiday season draws near, the 2019 Guthrie Choir will hold its first meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 2 from 12-1 p.m. in Classroom A on the Guthrie Sayre campus.

The choir is looking for new members, as well as those who have been members in the past. Past members should bring any music they have. If you play an instrument and would like to play with the choir, please bring that as well. A light lunch will be served. 

Contact Cindy Opeka at 570-887-5198 or at to RSVP. Please consider being a part of this wonderful holiday tradition!

Guthrie to Host Psychological First Aid Training – Oct. 15

Guthrie will host a Psychological First Aid Training session for employees on Tuesday, Oct. 15 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Guthrie Corning Hospital in the Niagara and Seneca Conference Rooms.

Psychological First Aid (PFA) was developed jointly by the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. It is an evidence-informed modular approach to help survivors in the immediate aftermath of disaster. PFA is designed to reduce the initial distress caused by traumatic events and to foster short and long-term adaptive functioning and coping. 

The registration form for this training can be found on Guthrie Learn.

Fidelity One-on-One Meetings

Fidelity one-on-one meetings will take place between Tuesday, Sept. 17 and Thursday, Dec. 19 at Guthrie locations across the system. View the schedule for these meetings below. If you are interested in scheduling an appointment, please call Fidelity at 1-800-642-7131 or visit

APR Process is Underway

The FY19 Annual Performance Review (APR) process is underway and will conclude on Oct. 31, 2019. Performance reviews offer an opportunity to provide valuable feedback, recognize quality performance and set expectations for future job performance. APRs encourage us to perform at our best and feel valued at Guthrie. 

The format and documentation for the FY19 APR process have not changed. The process is divided into three simple steps. Click here to access the FY19 APR form and resources, including examples, to assist you in successfully navigating this process.

Hot Job This Week

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

Registered Nurse, Med Surg – Troy, Full Time/Evenings 

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

Courtesy Services and Transport showcased their Bravo Board, which displays kudos and appreciation for the work that they do.

Guthrie Cortland Medical Center filled a box with donations for the Wendy Thibeault Memorial Food and Supply Drive.

Residents of the Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital Personal Care Home celebrated the end of summer with a sweet treat.

Joyce Hoagland, Customer Service Rep., Med Supply Depot, celebrated her 50th anniversary with Guthrie.

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

Events Across the Guthrie System

The Guthrie Gala - Sept. 14 at 6 p.m. at Tioga Downs Casino in Nichols, N.Y. (SOLD OUT)

2019 Benefit/Wellness Fair and Flu Shot Clinics

  • Wednesday, Oct. 2 from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Patterson Auditorium on the Guthrie Sayre campus
  • Thursday, Oct. 3 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Guthrie Corning Hospital Niagara Rooms   

Guthrie Ladies Day Out – Saturday, Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Guthrie Clinic Atrium in Sayre, Pa.