This Week: Friday, December 14, 2018

Week of December 14, 2018

Applications for Guthrie Scholarship Program for Area Seniors Due Jan. 25

Guthrie offers scholarships to area high school seniors who are planning a career in health care. Students must be a member of the Class of 2019 and enroll in a health-related program of study.

There are also a limited number of Guthrie Employee Scholarships for the children of Guthrie employees. The employee must be a .6 FTE or greater and have one or more years of employment with Guthrie. These scholarships will support any field of study.

Full details and the applications are available at:

  •, then click the link called "Scholarship Application" in the left margin.
  • School Guidance Departments
  • Guthrie Human Resources (Sayre campus and Corning Hospital)
  • Guthrie Administration Offices (Sayre campus and Corning Centerway)

The deadline for applying for these scholarships is Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. Children of Guthrie physicians are not eligible. If you have any questions, call Kim Stermer at 570-887-3004.

Hospice Volunteers Log More Than 160,000 Miles

Our Guthrie Hospice team provides comprehensive care and comfort to Pennsylvania patients and their loved ones. The strength of the program is due in part to a group of dedicated volunteers who support hospice staff to meet the needs of patients. In the past year, hospice staff and volunteers traveled more than 160,000 miles to reach patients. This is equal to more than six times around the globe. 

Volunteers provide companionship and positive support in the lives of patients and their families and help to dispel patients’ fears of being alone at a very difficult time. The program is currently seeking volunteers for the upcoming year, with a comprehensive training program scheduled for January. Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age and may select day, evening, or weekend hours. Click here for more details about the hospice volunteer training.

Nephrology and Infectious Disease Departments Implement Centralized Scheduling

When callers dial the number to reach nephrology or infectious disease, the option for scheduling an appointment will now be directed to the Centralized Scheduling Team. These departments join a number of others who have gone live with centralized scheduling, which is being implemented to make it easier for patients to access their health care teams though one convenient point of contact. To reach Centralized Scheduling, call 866-GUTHRIE or 866-488-4743.

Bereavement Support Group in Towanda Begins Feb. 6

Guthrie Hospice will offer a five-week Community Bereavement Support Group in Towanda beginning Feb. 6. The group will meet in the Conference Room at Guthrie Hospice office, 421 Tomahawk Rd, Towanda. Sessions will be held from 3 - 4:30 p.m. each Wednesday, Feb. 6 - March 6.

Rev. Larry Jennings Jr., Chaplain and Bereavement Coordinator, and Karen Robinson, Hospice Social Worker, will facilitate the group. Topics will include the grieving process, coping skills and communication and stress management.  The Community Bereavement Support Group is an outreach community service sponsored by Guthrie Hospice that is intended for anyone who has experienced a loss. 

The phases of grief are universal; the way each person passes through each phase is different. Attendees of the Community Bereavement Support Group will find support from others who have suffered a loss and will know that they are not alone in the grieving process. Please call Guthrie Hospice at 1-800-598-6155 to register for the group, or with any questions about grief or the Bereavement Support Group.

Blood Drives in Sayre - Dec. 17 & 18

Guthrie will be hosting the next blood drive in conjunction with the American Red Cross at Guthrie’s Sayre Campus Patterson Auditorium on Monday, Dec. 17 from 12 – 5 p.m. and Tuesday, Dec. 18 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The season of giving is upon us. We are asking all able donors to open your hearts, roll up your sleeves and save someone’s life. 

Have a heart and schedule your donation appointment online, through the app or call the Volunteer Services Department at 570-887-4242.

Guthrie to Host Free Weight Loss Webinars

Guthrie will host two sessions of a live webinar in December for patients interested in learning more about bariatric surgery.

The webinars will take place on Dec. 18 at 12:30 p.m. and Dec. 20 at 6 p.m. and will feature Guthrie Bariatric Surgeon, Dr. Mustafa Aman. The sessions will include a short presentation about the benefits of surgical weight loss and a question and answer session with Dr. Aman. 

The sessions are free, but registration is required. To register, please visit

Dutch’s Food Stand

Guthrie employees are encouraged to donate non-perishable items for Dutch’s Food Stand to help those seeking treatment for substance abuse and addiction to eat healthier. During the holiday season, collection bins will be located in the 3 Sumner Lobby in Sayre, Clinic Atrium on the Sayre Campus, and Corning Centerway Lobby, now through Dec. 18. Volunteers will transport donations to Dutch’s Food Stand for distribution to clients. For more information about Dutch’s Food Stand, contact Laura Manning, Senior Director, PCMH/Care Coordination at 570-887-6387.

Holiday Performances in Sayre

Guthrie will host a number of musical performances to spread cheer this holiday season. Performances will be held in the Clinic Atrium on Guthrie’s Sayre Campus and are planned for the following dates: 

  • Dec. 14: 12-1 p.m., Athens Woodwind Quartet; 4-5 p.m. Sayre School District
  • Dec. 17: 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., Harlan Rowe 8th Grade
  • Dec. 18: 12-1 p.m., Guthrie Choraliers Choir; 1:30-2:30 p.m. SRU Middle School; 3-5 p.m. Sanphy’s Academy
  • Dec. 19: 1-2 p.m. Athens High School Band
  • Dec. 20: 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Waverly Show Chorus and Valley Chorus combined performance; 1 – 2 p.m. Waverly Elementary Chorus

These performances are open to the public and feature a flexible format so that patients, family members, visitors and employees may come and go as needed during performances.

Guthrie Offers Residential Water Testing

Guthrie now offers coliform and E coli bacteria water testing for residential properties. 

Homeowners using cisterns, wells and springs for water should get their water tested regularly to be sure it’s safe to drink. Many pollutants to drinking water have no obvious symptoms and about 50 percent of private water systems fail at least one drinking water standard. Having water tested regularly is the best way to ensure it remains safe to consume. 

Water should be tested at least annually and testing should also be considered when there is:

  • a change in the appearance or taste of water
  • a problem, like flooding
  • damage to the well
  • a malfunction with the septic system or maintenance is done
  • a family or guests with recurrent gastrointestinal illnesses

The coliform and E coli water test offered by Guthrie gives a good indication of water condition, since coliform bacteria should not be found in drinking water. For more information visit or call 570-887-4645.

Hot Jobs This Week

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

Job #113735 – Human Resources Assistant, Talent – Sayre, Full Time
Job #113609 – Patient Service Specialist/Ophthalmic Assistant – Corning, Full Time
Job #111637 - Team Care Assistant, Family Practice - Corning, Full Time
Job #113689 - Endoscopy Clinical Assistant, Gastroenterology - Ithaca, Full Time
Job #113682 - Clinical Assistant, Internal Medicine - Ithaca, Full Time
Job #113681 - Clinical Assistant, Family Practice - Ithaca, Full Time

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

Nurse Residents from across the system held an Ugly Christmas Sweater contest.

Physician Recruitment team made Christmas gift donations for the community.

Kate Mohr (left) presented at the 30th Annual Institute for Healthcare Improvement Quality Forum.

Core Processing in the GMG Laboratory completed LMS (Lean Management Systems) Deployment.

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

Events Across the Guthrie System

Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital Love Light Tree Celebration & Reading of the Names – Friday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. in the hospital’s main lobby.

Blood Drives - Monday, Dec. 17 from 12 - 5 p.m. and Tuesday, Dec. 18 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Patterson Auditorium on the Guthrie Sayre Campus.

Guthrie Troy Community Hospital Remembrance Tree Ceremony – Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. in the hospital lobby.

Guthrie Corning Hospital Tree Lighting Ceremony – Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 1 p.m. in the hospital’s main lobby.