This Week: Friday, July 13, 2018

Week of July 13, 2018

Cortland Regional Medical Center and Guthrie Sign Affiliation Agreement

Last night, following a unanimous vote, Cortland Regional Medical Center and their associated boards, authorized leadership to sign the Affiliation Agreement with Guthrie. 

While this is an important step in the progress of the affiliation, the transaction is subject to approval by the New York State Public Health and Health Planning Council. Until such time, both organizations will continue to operate as two separate entities.

“This is an exciting milestone in what has been a nearly two-year journey to affiliation with Guthrie,” said Mark Webster, Cortland Regional’s President and CEO. “Through this partnership, CRMC will continue to support the lifelong healthcare needs of our community by offering increased local access to expanded services and specialties.” 

Guthrie President and CEO Joseph Scopelliti, MD, said, “We are pleased and encouraged by the vote of confidence placed in Guthrie by the Cortland Regional boards as we move through this deliberate process toward affiliation. Our shared understanding of the challenges of delivering healthcare in a rural setting have made the partnership between Guthrie and Cortland Regional a logical step in furthering both organizations’ commitment to providing reliable, local access to quality care for all populations.”  

With over 800 employees, Cortland Regional is the largest private employer in Cortland county. 

Cortland Regional first announced its intent to explore affiliation with a larger healthcare system in October of 2016. Forming a Collaboration Task Force, the team spent over 20 months working toward the identification of a preferred partner. The Collaboration Task Force worked with physician leaders, the Board of Trustees and senior leadership. Strategic healthcare consulting firm, Veralon, helped with the development of formal requests for proposals, issued in December of 2016.

Guthrie Awards Grant to Support Youth Programming

Guthrie’s Community Benefit Grant Program awarded $8,500 to the Bradford County Branch YMCA in support of programs designed to help children and families increase their physical activity.

The YMCA will use the funds to provide scholarships to families in need of YMCA services, especially those focused on reducing obesity and promoting healthy movement.

This grant was awarded as part of Guthrie’s Community Benefit Grant Program, which funds projects based on Guthrie’s Community Health Needs Assessment. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), requires non-profit hospitals to complete a community needs assessment (CHNA) every three years. The following areas of need were identified for 2016-2019: obesity, access to mental health providers and cancer incidence with a focus on tobacco usage.

Donnie Skerpon, Administrative Chief of Staff at Guthrie, Charity Field, District Executive Director of the Bradford County Branch YMCA and Laura Fitzgerald, Vice President for Research and Education at Guthrie.

Guthrie Employees Complete "In 2Min or Less!" Program

Guthrie Sports Medicine, Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital Trauma, and local EMS personnel attended a training at Waverly High School for pre-hospital care of the critically injured athlete. 

This training was held by Sports Medicine Concepts' "In 2Min or Less!" program. This hands-on, sports emergency management program prepares athletic trainers to be able to best treat a critically injured athlete.

#WPyearWON Prize Drawings Begin July 16

We are celebrating one year of Workplace at Guthrie with prize drawings beginning Monday, July 16. Prizes for the first week include vouchers for the Binghamton Rumble Ponies - good for tickets to the game of your choice, and NASCAR tickets for the Sunday, Aug. 5 race. Enter to win in the One Guthrie group on Workplace by sharing your successes with Workplace during its first year. Did it help connect your team, enable you to find or share information, give you a place to recognize a colleague, sell your dining room set, meet a colleague with a similar interest or something else? We look forward to hearing your stories!

Be sure to use the hashtag: #WPyearWON in your post to enter. Winners will be announced in the One Guthrie group.

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Guthrie Corning Hospital Celebrates the First Day of Summer

Guthrie Corning Hospital celebrated the first day of summer and its employees/volunteers with a “Beat the Heat” event, sponsored by the Corning Hospital People Council. The event took place on June 21 in the Healing Gardens and featured games, prizes, snacks and information on preventing skin cancer for all who attended. 

The main attraction at the event was the dunk tank. Attendees purchased a chance to dunk various Guthrie Corning Hospital leaders and employees. Dr. Peter Parken, Hospitalist, raised the most money during his 30 minute session in the dunk tank seat. A total of $310 was raised and given to the Guthrie Corning Hospital Cancer Treatment Center.

Dunk tank participants were :

  • Garrett Hoover, SVP, President/COO Corning Hospital
  • Art Laurey, Safety and Security
  • Dr. Peter Parken, Hospitalist
  • Kelly Maze, Educator, Med Surg
  • Sheri Markel, Manager and EPIC Project Manager
  • Tracey McLaughlin, Manager, LDRP
  • Katie Ralston, Assistant Manager, ED
  • Peggy Clarkson, Lead Union Delegate 

Thanks to all who volunteered to sit in the tank and to all who participated.

Free CPR Trainings in Corning

Performing CPR immediately on a person who is experiencing cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim's chance of survival. The American Heart Association's Family and Friends CPR class is open to all ages, at no cost. This is a non-certification course and is purely for an individual's personal knowledge. The next class will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 14 from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Niagara Conference Room at Guthrie Corning Hospital. 

To register, contact the Community Training Center at 570-887-6390 or send an email to Visit for more information and click here for the 2018 Corning CPR Training Schedule.

Employee of the Month at Corning Centerway

Every month, Guthrie Corning Centerway selects one employee who exhibits excellent communication, patient-centeredness, professionalism, teamwork, respect and dignity to "every patient, every time" to receive the Employee of the Month award. The July winner was Erica Eastwood, LPN in General Surgery. 

Erica was nominated by a patient who said, "She kept me updated all day on an appointment that was canceled and still tried helping me see the doctor that day. Thank you for your time and effort! I appreciate you!" 

As part of this award, Erica will receive a gift certificate for $25 for Murph’s Mart, an “Employee of the Month” prime parking spot and a special luncheon with Employees of the Month from Steuben, Southport and Big Flats.  

Congratulations, Erica!

Upcoming Blood Drive at HealthWorks - July 24

The American Red Cross is facing a blood shortage and has issued an emergency call for eligible individuals to donate blood or platelets as soon as possible. 

Guthrie will be hosting its next blood drive in conjunction with the American Red Cross at HealthWorks in Painted Post on Tuesday, July 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Have a heart and schedule your life saving appointment by calling 1-800-REDCROSS or by visiting

NASCAR Race Tickets Available – Register by July 23

Corning Enterprises recently donated 200 NASCAR tickets to Guthrie for use by our employees or volunteers. As a result, Guthrie is raffling off pairs of tickets to this year's "Go Bowling at The Glen", scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 5. All employees and volunteers are eligible to enter. To enter, please leave a comment, including your work location, on the raffle post on Workplace by noon on July 23. Winners will be announced on Workplace on July 25.

We ask that anyone who enters and wins a pair of tickets please plan to attend and use the tickets. Only enter to win if you are able to attend on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018. These tickets are for seats located in the Jackie Stewart and Bodine areas of the track.

If you have not claimed your Workplace account and wish to enter the raffle, please visit the Workplace intranet page at for instructions.

Fidelity One-on-One Meetings in Sayre

Click here for the full schedule for the Fidelity one-on-one meetings that take place between July and December 2018 at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital. If you are interested in scheduling an appointment, please call Fidelity at 1-800-642-7131 or visit

F.A.S.T. Stroke Education

As Guthrie prepares for its Joint Commission Primary Stroke Center survey on Monday, we encourage employees and community members to use F.A.S.T. to become familiar with the signs and symptoms of stroke.

Symptoms of stroke include face drooping, arm weakness and speech difficulty. When a stroke occurs, it is important to seek emergency medical care as quickly as possible. Other symptoms are sudden numbness or weakness in the leg, sudden confusion or trouble understanding, sudden trouble seeing, trouble with balance and severe headache. 

Stroke impacts over 1,700 people in Guthrie’s service area each year. It is the number five cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Make sure that you know the signs.

This Week on Workplace

Guthrie Patient Safety and Quality Teams learn how to conduct a Failure Mode and Effect Analysis by making a peanut butter & jelly sandwich.

Guthrie Leadership Essentials kicked off the first day of Wave 3.

Tables set up at Guthrie Corning Hospital for the Find Your Career Event for recent high school graduates.

Employees at Guthrie run the Ready, Set, Glow 5K in Elmira where proceeds go to support local hospice care.

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Events Across the Guthrie System

Guthrie East Corning Construction Event – Tuesday, July 24 from 12-3 p.m. at the site of the Guthrie East Corning Medical Building on the Guthrie Corning Hospital Campus.

Blood Drive – Tuesday, July 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at HealthWorks in Painted Post, N.Y. Schedule your appointment by calling 1-800-REDCROSS or by visiting

Lose Weight, Reverse T2 Diabetes Summit – Thursday, July 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Corning Community College Health Education Center. 

Free CPR Training – Tuesday, Aug. 14 from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Niagara Conference Room at Guthrie Corning Hospital.