This Week: Friday, September 22, 2017

Week of September 22, 2017

Guthrie Gala Raised Over $100,000 for Sayre House of Hope

Over $100,000 was raised for the Sayre House of Hope at the annual Guthrie Gala which was held on Sept. 9 in Sayre. The Gala was sponsored by Title Sponsor Elderwood at Waverly and VIP Sponsors Korn Ferry and L&S Development, and was attended by over 300 guests. 

House of Hope Resident Manager, Elizabeth Hibbard said, “The overwhelming support from all of the event attendees and sponsors is awe-inspiring. Sayre House of Hope is proud to be the recipient of such generosity and we look forward to supporting many more families in their time of need.”  

Guests of the Gala were treated to gourmet specialties provided by Gance’s Complete Catering, Binghamton, N.Y. in a station atmosphere throughout the Guthrie Clinic Atrium. Wine and beer tasting stations, where guests were treated to samples of the newest wines and craft beers, were offered by Roy and Kim Cummings, The Blue Stone Brewery, Staggering Unicorn and Deep Roots Hard Cider. Lighting was provided by Ultimate Sound and Pro Audio and photography was provided by CRich Photography. 

Visit the Guthrie Gala group on Workplace to see photos from the event.

Flu Clinic in Sayre and Drive-Through Clinic in Athens Township

There will be a flu shot clinic on Sept. 25 from 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre across from the Employee Health Office. This is a great opportunity for employees to receive their mandatory flu shot and get their sticker for their badge. 

Guthrie will also be sponsoring the annual Greater Valley EMS free drive-through flu shot clinic. The clinic will be held on Saturday, Oct. 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lynch-Bustin Elementary School/Harlan Rowe Middle School complex in Athens Township. This clinic is open to anyone in the community, is free and does not require an appointment. 

Self-Service Password Reset Training Video on Workplace

If you get locked out of your Outlook account, you can utilize the new Guthrie Self-Service Portal and unlock it yourself! Please see the instructional video and tip sheet on Workplace in the O365 Training Tips and Tricks group or by clicking here to guide you through making the most out of this new tool.

Guthrie to Host Walk of Remembrance

The Guthrie First Impressions Birthing Center at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital will be hosting its 3rd annual Remembrance Walk. The walk will take place on Sunday, Oct. 15 at 4:30 p.m. and will leave from the Benjamin Patterson Auditorium on the Guthrie Sayre Campus.

The event is free and open to individuals and families who have experienced the loss of a child during pregnancy or shortly after birth. Families are invited to bring memorabilia of their loved one for display on a table of remembrance. The event will include candle lighting, a walk and a rose ceremony. 

To register, please visit, or call 570-887-5034. To donate to the Ceremony of Remembrance, visit

Cornell vs. Harvard Football Tickets Giveaway on Workplace

We are giving away four sets of four box seat tickets and parking passes on Workplace to the Cornell vs. Harvard football game on Oct. 7. To enter the drawing, follow this link to the "Social" group on Workplace, like the post and comment your answer to this question:

How many physicians and advance practice providers see patients at Guthrie's Ithaca Orthopaedics office?

Winners will be announced on Sept. 26 and tickets will be distributed via interoffice mail. Good luck!

Download Guthrie Now Just in Time for Flu Season

Flu season is upon us so now is the perfect time to sign up for Guthrie's telehealth program, Guthrie Now. To sign up, download the app from the App Store or Google Play, or access on your desktop computer. 

Guthrie Network Advantage Plan members and their dependents will be able to access the service for a $15 co-pay. If you are not a member of the plan, your fee is $49.

Guthrie Now allows you to have a live and immediate online video appointment with a provider, without ever leaving your home. You can now connect with a provider using a computer, tablet or phone.

Guthrie Now is for acute conditions that do not require emergency attention. Some common conditions that can be resolved during a Guthrie Now session include cough, sinus infection, pinkeye and rashes.

Guthrie Now is not appropriate for anything requiring immediate medical attention, such as chest pains, severe shortness of breath, or abdominal pain. Guthrie Now providers are not able to order laboratory samples or X-rays.

Guthrie Now providers can order prescriptions if necessary. Antibiotics can be ordered when necessary, however Guthrie Now providers will follow national best practices which do not treat viral infections with antibiotics. Guthrie Now providers cannot prescribe narcotics, and the service cannot reorder medication refills.

Guthrie Cardiovascular Fellow Awarded with International Society for Heart & Lung Transplantation Scholarship

We are pleased to announce that Guthrie fellow Dr. Mrinalini Krishnan, a second year fellow in our Cardiovascular Fellowship program, has been awarded with the International Society for Heart & Lung Transplantation Scholarship Award. Dr. Krishnan is one out of six international candidates to receive this honor. The purpose of this award is to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and techniques regarding heart and lung transplantation and the treatment of end stage heart and lung failure and to build relationships between individuals, institutions and countries. The scholarships may be used to learn new techniques in the clinic, operating room, or laboratory or just to experience first-hand how others deal with challenging problems. Congratulations to Dr. Krishnan on this achievement!

Guthrie Post-Concussion Support Group - Oct. 22

The Guthrie post-concussion support group will hold a meeting on Sunday, Oct. 22 at 2 p.m. in the 4 Blue Conference Room located on the fourth floor of the Guthrie Medical Group in Sayre, Pa. 

The meeting will feature guest speaker Brooke Snyder. Brooke is a graduate of Wellsboro Area High School and Lock Haven University, where in December 2016 she graduated with a Psychology degree. She is planning on going back to school to become a Registered Nurse. This will be Snyder’s second time speaking to the support group. On March 9, 2009, her life changed when she was struck in the face by a softball while playing third base. Snyder will talk about that day and her daily struggles with Post-Concussion Syndrome.

The Guthrie Post-Concussion Support Group has featured dozens of speakers who have shared their personal journeys of dealing with sports related post-concussion syndrome. The group is free and open to community members who have suffered a concussion and their families.

For more information or to participate in the WebEx free live web simulcast, please contact Steven Hicks, MS, ATC by email at The group also maintains a Facebook page, Twin Tiers Sports Post-Concussion Support Group.

Guthrie Provider Wins Best Papers of the Year

Congratulations to Dr. Elizabeth Stein in the Occupational Medicine department in Ithaca. Her article has been selected as one of the Best Papers of the Year for the 2017 AJPH Editor's Choice Awards, called "The Epidemic of Despair Among White Americans: Trends in the Leading Causes of Premature Death, 1999-2015". The December 2017 issue of the American Journal of Public Health will feature a column discussing the winning publications.

New Exemption Form for Eligibility to Stay at Sayre House of Hope

Patients and their families that live in the zip codes around Elmira, Binghamton and Johnson City may now qualify to stay at the Sayre House of Hope. 

The newly approved medical exemption form documents eligibility for one of two qualifying criteria. The first states that the patient requires a unique or specialized service offered at Guthrie Robert Packard Hospital that is not available locally near their home. The second specifies that the patient is undergoing a course of inpatient or outpatient treatment at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital and experienced an unexpected event (such as medical complication) while at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital that would make travel back and forth for continued treatment impossible or inconvenient for the patient or the patient's family. 

All forms and guidelines can be easily accessed by employees on Guthrie's intranet. You can find it under departments, and Sayre House of Hope or by clicking here. The guidelines are accessible, as are the mandatory Guest Referral Form, the optional Financial Assistance Application and our new Exemption form. Anyone with questions is encouraged to contact the Resident Manager at the Sayre House of Hope at 570-887-6615. 

National Preparedness Month - Practice and Build Out Your Plan

September is National Preparedness Month. After you have developed your emergency plan, you should build a kit to support you and your family during emergencies. Make sure your emergency kit is stocked with all the items on the Recommended Supplies List which you can view here. Most of the items are inexpensive and easy to find, and any one of them could save your life. Once you look at the basic items, consider what unique needs your family might have, such as supplies for pets or seniors.

After an emergency, you may need to survive on your own for several days. Being prepared means having your own food, water and other supplies to last for at least 72 hours. A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.

Go to to or view this post on Workplace to learn more.

Guthrie Hospice Bereavement Support Group Begins Oct. 23 in Towanda

Guthrie Hospice is offering a five-week Community Bereavement Support Group that meets every Monday, from 3 - 4:30 p.m., beginning Oct. 23 and continuing until Nov. 20. The meetings will take place in the conference room at Guthrie Hospice at 421 Tomahawk Road in Towanda, Pa. 

Rev. Dr. Will Baez, chaplain and bereavement coordinator and Karen Robinson, hospice social worker, will facilitate the group. Topics will include: understanding the grief process, coping skills, communication and stress management. Persons attending this support group will find comfort and guidance from others who have suffered a loss and will know that they are not alone in the grief. 

Please call Guthrie Hospice at 1-800-598-6155 to register, with questions or for directions.

Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital Respiratory Therapy Program Class of 2017 Graduates

Congratulations to recent graduates of the Respiratory Therapy Program at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital.

The Respiratory Therapy program is a full-time, two-year, Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree program. It is presented in collaboration with Mansfield University’s Department of Health Sciences. Students spend the first two semesters on the campus of Mansfield University in Mansfield, Pa. and the remainder of the program at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa. where they complete classroom and clinical experience requirements. For more information, please visit

Multi-State Work Allocation Reminder

Employees with multi-state tax allocations are required to report any change to their allocation within ten days of the change.

Please make sure that if there have been any changes to your allocation of time, you have made the necessary update to your Work State Allocation Attestation that is on file with the Payroll Department. If you have any questions related to this allocation, please contact the Payroll Department at 570-887-4263.

LEAP Testing Service Receives Notice of Continued Accreditation by A2LA

The LEAP Testing Service (LTS) recently received notice of approval for continued accreditation by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA). 

Accreditation is synonymous with both quality and competence of an organization, using international standard(s). A2LA is a third-party body that performs accreditations to various international standards, ensuring an unbiased and objective evaluation of your organization’s functions. A2LA is dedicated to the formal recognition of competent testing and calibration laboratories, inspection bodies, proficiency testing providers, and reference material producers.

Reminder - Scheduled Power Outage on Sayre Campus - Oct. 6

There will be a campus wide power outage on Friday, Oct. 6 beginning at 10 p.m. and will last until about 4 - 6 a.m. Saturday morning. The outage will affect all buildings on the Sayre campus. The emergency generators will be engaged at approximately 8 p.m. Please remember to turn off all computers that are not in use to prevent any lost information. Also, make sure that computers which are required to stay on are plugged into an emergency power outlet (red outlets). In addition to the normal staff, facilities will have electricians and mechanics available to assist with anything unexpected. Please contact the Construction Department if there are any questions or concerns at 570-887-4317.

Reminder - Training Available for ACR Select Imaging Decision Support - Go-Live is Oct. 3

On Oct. 3, Guthrie is going live in Epic with ACR Select imaging decision support. ACR Select utilizes evidence-based appropriate use criteria (AUC) to determine if an imaging order is appropriate based on the patient’s age, gender and reason for exam. This change is in response to upcoming CMS mandates for AUC for PET CT, CT, MRI and nuclear medicine procedures for technical reimbursement. This change will assist providers in ensuring high quality imaging care to improve patient outcomes and decrease costs. 

A training video is available on Guthrie Learn for all providers and tip sheets are available here and here and on their learning home dashboard to prepare all Guthrie providers for this change.

Sept. 28 is National Penicillin Allergy Day

Studies have found that an estimated 10% of patients self-report as being penicillin allergic but 9 out of 10 of those patients reporting a penicillin allergy are not truly allergic. Inaccurate diagnoses of a penicillin allergy can adversely impact medical costs for both patients and healthcare systems. Patients labeled penicillin-allergic have a threefold increased risk of adverse events. Correctly identifying those who are not actually allergic can improve antibiotic prescribing and combat the risk of super-bugs by allowing patients access to safer, less toxic antibiotics. It's important for patients and providers to know the facts about penicillin allergies. Click here to learn more.

Events Across the Guthrie System

Rural Trauma Team Development Course - Sept. 26 – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Corning Hospital Niagara and Seneca Conference Rooms.

2017 Benefit/Wellness Fair and Flu Shot Clinic  

  • Tuesday, Oct. 10 – from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Guthrie Corning Hospital Niagara Rooms.                                            
  • Wednesday, Oct. 11 – from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Patterson Auditorium on the Guthrie Sayre campus.

Talent Show in Towanda – Oct. 18 – 7 p.m. at the Towanda High School Auditorium. For tickets, please contact Linda Ferrario at 570-265-2585.

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. 

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