This Week: Friday, February 15, 2019

Week of February 15, 2019

Guthrie Announces System Chairman of Emergency Medicine

Guthrie is pleased to announce the appointment of Marc Harris, DO, FACEP, as its new system chairman, department of emergency medicine. Dr. Harris has been with Guthrie for 21 years.  

In this new role, Dr. Harris will be responsible for the operation of emergency medicine throughout the Guthrie system, including the Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital, Guthrie Corning Hospital, Guthrie Troy Community Hospital and Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital emergency departments. He will also work with US Acute Care Solutions to provide care to Guthrie Cortland Medical Center. 

Dr. Harris said about his new position: “This role will allow me to enable Guthrie to continue to focus on providing the highest level of care to our patients across the system. I look forward to developing the Emergency Medicine Program into a service line with aligned quality goals for all Guthrie Emergency Medicine locations. This alignment will help to establish a uniform culture in emergency medicine that promotes the highest quality of care and emphasizes a positive patient experience. It keeps the patient at the center of all that we do.”  

Frederick Bloom Jr., MD,, president, Guthrie Medical Group said “Dr. Harris’s extensive background in emergency medicine along with the development and implementation of our new Emergency Medicine Residency Program makes him a perfect fit for this new role. As system chairman, he will guide Guthrie’s Emergency Medicine Program, including the Emergency Medicine Residency, which will help to supply highly qualified emergency medicine attending physicians in the future at all Guthrie sites.“ 

Dr. Harris joined Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital as the director of emergency medical services and the Guthrie One Helicopter Program in August, 1998. In December, 2013, he became the chairman of emergency medicine for Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital. Dr. Harris earned his medical degree at the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences, Des Moines, Iowa and completed his residency at St. Luke’s Hospital, Bethlehem, Pa. His recent accomplishments at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital include the development of the Emergency Medicine Residency Program and a newly renovated emergency department, scheduled for completion in December.  

Congratulations, Dr. Harris!

Guthrie Employee Veteran Highlight

The Guthrie Veterans Recognition and Awareness Committee was established in 2014 to recognize, support and honor Guthrie staff and patients who have served or are currently serving in the United States Armed Forces. One of the activities of the committee is to highlight Guthrie employees who have served in the military.  

Michele Browning, Employee Relations Specialist in Human Resources, served in the Coast Guard for four years of active duty. She chose to join after high school as a transitionary step before going to college. Many of Michele’s family members had also served in the military, including both grandfathers, three uncles and two cousins. Another cousin has since enlisted. 

Michele was stationed in Maine for much of her time in active duty, where she enforced fishery laws, performed drug interdiction and search and rescue. While many of her friends were starting college, Michele was a federal law enforcement agent, a role that gave her the opportunity to grow into adulthood in a structured and supportive environment.  

Michele’s military service has given her many skills that she uses in her role at Guthrie, including a sense of pride in her work and the ability to make the most of any opportunity presented to her. She was able to take advantage of the GI Bill after her time in the Coast Guard, which made college more affordable.  

One lesson  she learned during her time in the service was, “To appreciate and take advantage of all opportunities. You never know what great things will come from it.” Her advice to anyone considering going to the military is to do your homework on the different branches and select the one that will best match your goals.  

Thank you, Michele, for your service and for sharing your story.

Important Uniform Information

There is now a form for employees to utilize when taking uniform items to an approved vendor to have the Guthrie Logo applied. This approval form must be signed by the employee’s supervisor prior to taking items to the vendor. As the uniform initiative expands, this form will give us a tool to track and trend.  

The form is available on the Guthrie intranet here. We will have a “soft start” using the form for the next six weeks and it will become mandatory beginning April 1, 2019.

Books are Fun in Sayre

The Robert Packer Auxiliary will be sponsoring a "Books Are Fun" book fair in the Clinic Atrium in Sayre on Thursday, Feb. 28 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday, March 1 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cash, credit/debit cards and postdated checks are accepted.

Relay for Life Hockey Game

Support Guthrie's Relay for Life team and celebrate cancer survivors by attending the Elmira Enforcers hockey game on Sunday, March 10. Doors open at 3 p.m. and the game starts at 4:05 p.m. Tickets are $10 with free admission for cancer survivors.

Tickets must be purchased in advance and can be picked up at First Arena Will Call on the day of the game. Click here for information on how to order tickets.

Guthrie Receives Video Valentine

Guthrie received a special Valentine's Day message from students at Gardner Road Elementary School in Horseheads, N.Y. Mrs. Andrus' class showed their appreciation for those working in the medical field. Click here to view the video.

Guthrie Cortland Medical Center Charity Ball

Are you one who likes to dress up and have fun dancing? Want to support women and families in our community? Now is your chance!

Get your tickets to the Guthrie Cortland Medical Center Hospital Aid’s 110th Charity Ball, to raise money for maternity and women’s health on Saturday, March 30 at 6 p.m. Tickets are available at the Guthrie Cortland Medical Center coffee shop or in the volunteer office for $75. Call 607-756-3557 for more information.

Hot Jobs This Week

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

Job #113250 - Biomedical Electronics Technician, Biomedical Engineering - Full Time, Sayre
Job #112270 - Respiratory Therapist, Respiratory Therapy - Full Time, Corning 

To see these 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

Practice Manager Catherine Lesher, keeping sidewalks safe at the Southport location for patients and employees during this week’s storm. 

The February Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital Pillars of Excellence Award was presented to Jennifer LaViola, LDRP. 

On Valentines Day, Sarrah Lewis, Guthrie Chronic Disease Nurse Educator, spoke with WENY-TV about heart health.

Cindy Opeka won a jar of candy for placing the winning guess of its weight, 7lbs 1oz!

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

Events Across the Guthrie System

Xanitos Meet and Learn for RPH Staff – Wednesday, Feb. 20 from 1-5 p.m. in the Patterson Auditorium on Guthrie's Sayre Campus.

Indoor Farmers Market – Wednesday, Feb. 20 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital cafeteria.

Books Are Fun – Clinic Atrium on the Guthrie Sayre campus.

  • Thursday, Feb. 28 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Friday, March 1 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.