This Week: Friday, November 17, 2017

Week of November 17, 2017

Guthrie Welcomes New Providers

Guthrie is pleased to welcome the following new providers in October:

Emily Riggs, M.D., Family Medicine, Corning

Tassneem A. Karim, M.D., Pediatrician, Sayre

Davis Young, P.A., Family Medicine, Apalachin

Catherine Morelli, P.A., Hematology/Oncology, Sayre

Jennifer Cornish, A.N.P., Gastroenterology/Hepatology, Corning

Timothy Flurschutz, M.S., F.N.P., Orthopaedics, Sayre

Radhika Bompalli, M.D., Hospitalist, Sayre

Share Thanks This Holiday Season

The upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday has many of us reflecting on what makes us thankful. There are many people that go above and beyond to make Guthrie an excellent place to work and receive care. Over the next few weeks, take a moment to tell colleagues that you are thankful for them either in person or on Workplace. The One Guthrie group on Workplace is a place to share notes of thanks, kudos, inspirational thoughts and success stories. Check it out to see what others are thankful for and share your kudos. 

Complete Your Open Enrollment Today

For the plan year beginning Jan. 1, 2018, the annual benefits open enrollment period is now open and will continue through Dec. 5. Open enrollment will remain until Dec. 9 at Guthrie Corning Hospital, but enrollment must be done on a paper form after Dec. 5. This will again be an online process accessed through the PeopleSoft Self Service portal on the Guthrie Intranet page or via the Employee Login link from the Internet for all employees, except for employees at Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital, who will enroll through BNYU.

All benefit eligible employees should log in to open enrollment to ensure the tobacco surcharge and spousal surcharge are being applied (or not applied) correctly and to select their benefits elections for the upcoming plan year. You can find the spousal surcharge form on the Open Enrollment Intranet page. Employees should also take a moment to review address, phone number, and emergency contact information to ensure that it is correct.

All employees can access their enrollment election form online where they can: review their current benefit enrollment information, make any necessary changes to benefit elections for the upcoming calendar year and consent to receive their 1095 and W2 electronically. Please note that this option will not be available for employees at Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital. A booklet explaining benefit information for the 2018 plan year will be mailed to all employee homes. You may also access the open enrollment booklets and other open enrollment documents on the intranet at Please note that enrollment into voluntary supplementary benefit plans offered by Allstate will be done through BNYU for all staff members.

A critical component of being prepared for open enrollment is to know your PeopleSoft username and password, or your BNYU username and password if you are an employee at Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital. Your PeopleSoft login is the same information that you use for PeopleSoft Self Service to access payroll and personal information and when using PeopleSoft Recruiting Solutions when applying for job openings. If you do not already know your password, make sure to contact the help desk at 570-887-5380 for assistance. For log in support for BNYU, please call 1-570-850-3844.

We understand that online open enrollment may be challenging for some staff, and the Human Resources team is here to support you. Staff members are welcome to complete their open enrollment using the kiosks in the Human Resources lobby of the Foundation Building on the Guthrie Sayre campus from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. Staff will be available from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. for support or to answer questions. There will also be a kiosk in Guthrie Corning Hospital Human Resources available from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Support for other locations will be communicated on the Guthrie Intranet and Workplace as well as in Friday Facts.

If you have additional questions, please contact the Benefits staff in Human Resources in Sayre at 570-887-4401 or at Guthrie Corning Hospital at 607-937-7525. In addition, look for more information about open enrollment in Friday Facts, Workplace and on the Announcements Page of the Guthrie Intranet.

Please take the time necessary to fully understand your Guthrie benefits and to choose wisely those elections most appropriate for your personal situation.

Holiday Hours for All Guthrie Locations

The Guthrie Medical Group in Sayre, Pa., the Guthrie Clinic Pharmacy and all regional offices throughout the Twin Tiers will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 23 and Friday, Nov. 24.

Walk-In Care services at all Guthrie locations will also be closed on these days.

Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital, Guthrie Corning Hospital, Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital, and Guthrie Troy Community Hospital will be in full operation on these days, including the 24-hour emergency rooms.

For more information on Guthrie locations and services, visit

Guthrie Post Concussion Support Group to Meet Dec. 17

The Guthrie Post-Concussion Support Group will hold a meeting on Sunday, Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. in the 4 Blue Conference Room located on the fourth floor of the Guthrie Medical Group in Sayre. 

The meeting will feature guest speaker Cheyanne Northrup, a graduate of Athens Area High School. At Athens, she participated in cheerleading, track and field and diving. She sustained a concussion during her junior year from diving, which caused sub-concussive blows every time her head hit the water. Cheyanne will talk about her continued struggles from Post-Concussion Syndrome.

The Guthrie Post-Concussion Support Group features speakers who share their personal journeys in 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 Honors Veterans

Guthrie sponsored a ceremony for Veterans Day on Nov. 10 in the Clinic Atrium. Staff and community members gathered to thank all those who have served, past and present. The winner of the Veterans Day Poppy Contest also had their entry on display during the ceremony. Congratulations to Courtesy Services in Sayre! 

Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit Celebrates Veterans

On Nov. 10, staff and residents honored veterans with certificates and poppies. Here is a photo of residents of the Skilled Nursing Unit who are veterans: Chuck Ruppert, Donald McNeal, Jack Walsh, Ted Matthews and Bernie Baker. Thank you to these men and to all who have served. 

Breakfast With Santa Tickets On Sale Now

Advance tickets for Breakfast With Santa go on sale on Friday, Nov. 17. The fun family event will be held on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 8 to 10:30 a.m. in the Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital Cafeteria. Tickets include a full hot and cold breakfast buffet and a free photo with Santa taken by Smith Photography of Sayre, Pa. Santa will arrive at 8 a.m.

Tickets cost $5 for children and $6 for adults and proceeds will benefit the Mark Stensager Human Service Fund which assists Guthrie employees, patients and community members during times of financial need. Advance tickets may be purchased in the Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital Cafeteria and Gift Shop, or by contacting Christina MacRonald at 570-887-4406 or

Help a Child in Need This Holiday Season

Angel trees will be displayed in the Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital Cafeteria beginning the week of Nov. 20 and continuing through Friday, Dec. 9. There will be two trees with tags representing the children in our area who are in need of your help this holiday season. 

One tree is sponsored by The Salvation Army, which provides assistance to children in the Athens, Sayre and Waverly School districts. A second tree is sponsored by Northern Tier Helping Hands, an organization that provides assistance to children primarily in Bradford County, but also in Tioga County.

If you would like to help a child this Christmas, please remove a tag from the tree, purchase the desired gifts listed on the tag, put them in a bag and bring the bag with the tag attached to the Volunteer Services Office on 5 Sumner on or before Friday, Dec. 9 at 5 p.m.  Please be sure that the gifts are NOT wrapped and that the tag is attached. Gifts go to the specific child on the tag. If you have questions, please contact Michele Varano at 570-887-4242.

Guthrie Health and Wellness Event With Mayo Expert a Success

On Nov. 9, Guthrie held a free health and wellness event with keynote speakers Dr. Matthew T. Gettman from Mayo Clinic Urology and Dr. Rajbabu Krishnamoorthy from Guthrie Clinic Urology. The event also featured an "Ask the Expert" panel, blood pressure screening, healthy eating education, cancer information and stroke prevention education. Thank you to Dr. Matthew T. Gettman from the Mayo Clinic and all the Guthrie providers and staff who participated in this event!

Holiday Gift Reminder

If you have not already placed your order for the 2017 Holiday Gift (ham, turkey or cheesecake), the deadline to make your selection is Friday, Nov. 17. We are only able to order items for those who have made a selection and we will not be ordering extra items. Please let your manager know your choice by Friday. 

Guthrie Recognized On The Great American Smokeout

In celebration of the Great American Smokeout on Nov. 16, Guthrie was recognized by Tobacco Free Broome & Tioga for contributing to a tobacco free society. Frank Pinkosky, Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resource Officer and Theodore Them, MD, Chief, Section of Occupational Medicine accepted the honor on behalf of Guthrie. Guthrie was recognized for its revised tobacco policy which went into effect on Sept. 1. 

Marking this day throughout the system, Guthrie hosted informational tables outside the hospital cafeterias in Sayre, Towanda and Corning. Thank you to all who visited these tables for quit resources and information and to all who hosted them. 

Each year on the third Thursday of November, smokers across the nation take part in the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout. The day is an opportunity for smokers to make a plan to quit. By quitting – even for one day – smokers can take an important step toward a healthier life and reducing cancer risk.

If you are an employee interested in quitting or reducing tobacco use, please contact Guthrie Employee Health at 570-887-2674 or check out the list of resources on the intranet at

Free New York Training for Nurses and Leadership

There will be a free training on New York’s approach to substance use disorder in nurses on Dec. 12 in the Niagara Room at Guthrie Corning Hospital. Two sessions will be offered, the first from 12 – 1 p.m. tailored to managers and leadership and the second from 1 – 2 p.m. tailored to nurses. The course will explore why substance use disorder is recognized as a disease, review signs and symptoms, explore ethical and regulatory responsibilities of intervening with a nurse with the disease, review what happens to a nurse who is reported and more. Lunch will be provided. For questions, please contact Rachel Roberts, manager of education and regulation at Guthrie Corning Hospital, at or at 607-937-7872.

Guthrie Celebrates National Radiology Technology Week

The Mansfield University/Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital School of Radiologic Technology celebrated National Radiology Technology Week outside the Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital Cafeteria. Thank you to everyone who stopped by to help celebrate. Congratulations to Cindy Cheresnowsky from the Volunteer Office who guessed the number closest to the total candies in the enema bag. There were 333 candies in the bag and Cindy guessed 325.

Sitting: Taylor Musa, Caitlin McFall, Nicole Cavataio, Abbie Kopatz
Standing: Tessa Bonson, Caitlyn Daly, Michaela Volino, Sadique Cade, Patrick Myers

Guthrie Clinic Dushore Office Has Improvement in Management of Patients with Hypertension

Congratulations to the Guthrie Clinic Dushore office for having an 8.1% improvement in the management of patients with hypertension. In celebration, the office enjoyed a lunch from Callears and desserts prepared by Dr. Bloom and Rita Urbanek. Excellent work by the whole team!

Announcing Guthrie Employee Holiday Luncheons

Holiday luncheons for employees will be held at each of Guthrie's hospitals in December.

Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital - Dec. 22.

  • 11:30 a.m. (day shift)
  • 5 p.m. (evenings)
  • 1 a.m. (night shift)

Guthrie Corning Hospital - Dec. 14.

  • Will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Guthrie Troy Community Hospital - Dec. 21.

  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (day shift)
  • 5 - 6:30 p.m. (evenings)
  • 1 - 2 a.m. (night shift)

Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital - Dec. 14.

  • 10:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (day shift)
  • 4 – 6 p.m. (evening shift)
  • 12 - 2 a.m. (night shift)

Upcoming Blood Drive in Sayre

We will be hosting our next blood drive in conjunction with the American Red Cross in the Guthrie Sayre Campus Patterson Auditorium on Monday, Dec. 4, from 12 to 5 p.m. and Tuesday, Dec. 5, from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

The season of giving is upon us and we are asking all able donors to open your hearts, roll up your sleeves and save a  life. We are proud to support our community, our country and be a part of the impact that the Red Cross makes every day. 

Have a heart and schedule your donation online, through the app or by calling the Volunteer Service Department at 570-887-4242.

Reminder of Patient Parking Areas on the Guthrie Sayre Campus

It is not permissible for staff to park in designated patient parking areas on the Guthrie Sayre campus during the designated hours. This is to ensure that our patients and their families are able to find parking when they come in for appointments or to visit. 

The employee shuttle currently runs from 2:30 am - 12:30 am. There are anywhere from 2-5 buses running throughout the day, with the exception of 2:30 - 5:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., when there is one bus in service. The stops are at the bottom of the Packer Ace bridge, the intersection of Lockhart St and Elmer Ave, the School of Nursing, and the Sumner Entrance. Our patients' Guthrie experience begins when they enter our campuses. Please leave patient and visitor spaces for their use.

Guthrie Sayre Campus Employee Parking – Thanksgiving and Black Friday

In observance of Thanksgiving and Black Friday, the shuttle buses will not be running on Thursday, Nov. 23 and Friday, Nov. 24.  Employees are permitted to park in the patient parking lot on the Guthrie Sayre campus on these days and throughout the weekend as usual. Vehicles parked on campus Sunday, Nov. 26 must be out of the patient parking lot by 7 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 27.

Guthrie Troy Community Hospital Volunteer Candle Fundraiser

There will be a candle fundraiser in support of the Guthrie Troy Community Hospital volunteers held on Tuesday, Dec. 12 in the Guthrie Troy Memorial Hospital Main Lobby from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Help support the hospital volunteers by purchasing a perfect gift for the holidays. 

Reminder - YMCA Free Two Week Trial for All Employees and Families

We are excited to announce that Guthrie has partnered with the River Valley Regional YMCA. A free two week trial is now available for all employees and families from Nov. 27 – Dec. 11, 2017. To use this free trial, present your Guthrie ID badge at any of the five River Valley Regional YMCA branches: Williamsport, East Lycoming, Jersey Shore, Tioga and Towanda. If at least 20 Guthrie employees sign up for a membership, everyone’s rates get reduced with 10% off. 

Reminder - Thanksgiving Week Payroll and Accounts Payable Schedule Adjustments

Due to Guthrie’s observance of the Thanksgiving holiday – Thursday, Nov. 23 and Friday, Nov. 24 – both Payroll and Pccounts Payable check mailing/release will be moved to Wednesday, Nov. 22. These changes impact the submission deadline for timesheets and accounts payable submissions as follows: 


  • Paychecks will be available at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 22 for Sayre campus employees. Off-campus employees will receive their checks via courier on Wednesday, Nov. 22.
  • All timesheets must be submitted to payroll by Friday, Nov. 17 with the exception of those scheduled to work past 5 p.m. on that day.
  • Timesheets are due no later than 9 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 19 for those individuals scheduled to work a shift past 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 17. 
  • Any timesheets received after the Sunday deadline will be considered late and a paycheck will not be available on Wednesday, Nov. 22.
  • It is very important that all employees comply with these deadlines in order to meet the banking deadlines for direct deposit.
  • Questions or concerns may be directed to Jonna Smith in the Payroll department at 570-887-5536.

Accounts Payable 

  • Accounts payable checks to Guthrie vendors and employees will be mailed/released on Wednesday, Nov. 22.
  • In order for the Accounts Payable team to process and issue checks on the required check schedule, all requests for that week need to be submitted to Accounts Payable by 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 17.
  • Questions or concerns may be directed to Accounts Payable staff members Lisa Wascalis at 570-887-4276 or Jenney Eiklor at 570-887-4270.

Hot Jobs This Week

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

  • Job #110038 - Environmental Services Aide - Corning - Part Time
  • Job #108784 - Boiler Operator - Corning - Part Time
  • Job #110041 - PBS Clerk - Sayre - Full Time
  • Job #109870 - Preventative Maintenance Tech - Corning - Per Diem
  • Job #109944 - Nursing Supervisor - Corning - 36 hours/week
  • Job #109862 - Application Manager - Sayre - Part Time
  • Job #109763 - Hospital Business Director - Sayre - Full Time

To view 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. 

Events Across the Guthrie System

November Flu Shot Dates in Sayre – at Employee Health, please bring your employee badge.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 22 - 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 29 - 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 30 - 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

November Flu Shot Dates in Corning – at Employee Health at Guthrie Corning Hospital

  • Friday, Nov. 17 - from 2 - 4 p.m.

AAPC Coding Conference – Dec. 5 – 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Best Western Grand Victorian in Sayre. Click here for more information or to register.

Free Motivational Interviewing Training - Nov. 29 - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at CareFirst on 3805 Meads Creek Road, Painted Post NY 14870. Click here to register.

Festive Events Across the Guthrie System

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

Breakfast with Santa – Dec. 2 – 8 – 10:30 a.m. at the Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital in the cafeteria. Tickets are available in the Connection Gift Shop in Sayre or by contacting Christina MacRonald at 570-887-4406. They will also be available the day of the event.

Holiday Employee Craft Fair – Dec. 3 – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Clinic Atrium on the Guthrie Sayre campus. 

Remembrance Tree Lighting Ceremonies Across Guthrie

  • Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital - Tree for Life Lighting Ceremony – Nov. 28 at 5:15 p.m.  Guthrie Clinic Atrium Lobby in Sayre.
  • Guthrie Corning Hospital - Guthrie Corning Hospital Auxiliary Remembrance Tree Ceremony - Thursday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. at Guthrie Corning Hospital.
  • Guthrie Troy Community Hospital - Remembrance Tree Ceremony – Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. in the Guthrie Troy Community Hospital Lobby.
  • Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital - Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Love Light Tree Celebration & Reading of the Names - Friday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. in the hospital’s main lobby.

Guthrie Employee Holiday Lunches

  • Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital - Dec. 22. - 11:30 a.m., 5 p.m. and 1 a.m.
  • Guthrie Corning Hospital - Dec. 14. - will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Guthrie Troy Community Hospital - Dec. 21. - 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 5 - 6:30 p.m. and 1 - 2 a.m. 
  • Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital - Dec. 14. - 10:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., 4 – 6 p.m. and 12 - 2 a.m.