This Week: Friday, January 18, 2019

Week of January 18, 2019

Guthrie Employee Veterans 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. 

Jeff Grenzer, Guthrie Manager of Training and Development, spent nearly fourteen years serving in the Air Force. He had many other family members who had served including his father, a grandfather and a great grandfather, as well as his brother. He was interested in the Air Force because his father-in-law served as a Colonel in the Air Force. 

During his time in the Air Force, Jeff held a dozen different positions and was stationed in Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Germany, Sicily, eight different US locations and other locations around the world. He is also a veteran of the first Gulf War in 1990-1991. His recommendation to anyone considering military service is to diversify your experiences, saying, “There is so much opportunity, and there is no better place to learn about yourself and about other people and what they value.”

Jeff’s military service has given him many skills that he uses in his work at Guthrie, including a level of comfort working with people at all levels of the organization, creativity to challenge and seek to improve current processes, and the ability to gather perspectives from stakeholders and colleagues to create strong plans.

After fourteen years of serving his country, Jeff is passionate about the lessons he has learned, saying, “We have power to make change. Take accountability and never, ever settle for less.”

Thank you to Jeff for his service and for sharing his story. Jeff is pictured above. 

Inclement Weather Communications

Winter weather is here and it is important for Guthrie employees to be connected in order to quickly receive information about potential safety issues or closures throughout the Guthrie service area.

In the case of closures, Guthrie will contact media outlets and post updates on as well as its public-facing Facebook page in addition to Workplace posts to be sure that employees and our patients are informed of any changes. Patients who have impacted appointments will also be contacted according to departmental procedures.

For additional information, refer to the Inclement Weather policy – HR-117. Thank you and be safe!

Guthrie Offers Free Nursing Assistant Training Classes

Guthrie, in partnership with Elderwood, is offering free Nursing Assistant training classes. Participants are hired by Guthrie as a Patient Care Partner and complete a three-week training
course at Elderwood. Once training is complete, you will begin your duties at Guthrie.

Benefits include:

  • Competitive pay 
  • Benefits
  • Paid time off 
  • Tuition reimbursement program

Apply today for our spring program at or contact Tricia Hughey at for more information.

Secure Your Sponsorship or Ticket to the Valentine’s Ball

Guthrie Corning Hospital will present the 18th Annual Valentine’s Ball, on Feb. 9, 2019 at the Corning Museum of Glass. The Valentine’s Ball is the hospital’s premier fundraising event, drawing approximately 300 guests each year. Proceeds from the Valentine’s Ball benefit the Guthrie Corning Cancer Center and its mission to finish the fight against cancer. Visit to secure your sponsorship or tickets today!

Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital Pillars of Excellence Award

The January Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital Pillars of Excellence Award was presented to Carol Eastway, 6W. According to one of her co-workers, “Carol is always willing to go above and beyond for the staff and patients she serves. She is willing to order equipment to assist the therapists in getting the patients what they need while in the hospital. I have observed how she will assist nursing, physicians and ancillary staff as well as patients and their families. Carol will help with tasks even if the patient is not on her assigned unit. She is the heart of our unit." Carol received flowers, an engraved award and a parking spot for the month of January. 

The Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital Pillars of Excellence Award is presented monthly to an employee who demonstrates consistent, positive behaviors and meets eligibility criteria. The RPH Employee Recognition Committee reviews nominations and selects one honoree each month. Nomination forms and award criteria are available on the Guthrie intranet or from department managers.  

Congratulations to all those who were nominated this month: Katelyn Moore, 6W; Zach Kier, 6 Main; Patty Coughlin, Float Pool; Carol Eastway, 6W; Lace Bowen, 7 NW; Angie Cavaluzzi, Behavioral Health Sciences; Jennifer Lockwood, 9 SW; Patrick Madigan, Float Pool; Tammy Davenport, Internal Medicine Residency.

Carol Eastway and Joseph Sawyer, President, Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital.

Atrium Coffee Shop Closure – Jan. 23-25

The dietary team is excited to announce that the coffee shop in the atrium on the Guthrie Sayre Campus will proudly serve Starbucks branded coffee. To prepare for this transition, the existing shop will be closed Jan. 23-25. Coffee and pastry will be available in the cafeteria during this time. Stay tuned for more details about the Starbucks grand opening event on Feb. 4.

Rental Equipment Permanent Storage at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital

Over the past 12-18 months, beds and shared equipment have been stored in various places in Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital, most recently with equipment being stored a considerable distance from our nursing units. In addition, the storage of beds/equipment lacked consistency and organization. These factors resulted in significant waste for our organization, which led to the Clean Storage 5S.

On Wednesday, Jan. 9, all Guthrie-owned beds, rental equipment (Citadel beds & Barton chairs) and other non-sterile RPH shared equipment were transitioned to permanent designated storage areas.  It is the expectation that the organization in these storage rooms will be sustained and that the equipment needed for our patients will be organized and readily available. The rooms will be audited during the initial sustainment period to ensure compliance and follow up will be done as needed.

The following documents are available for reference. Please contact Cathy Leal via email or at 570-887-4241 if you would like a copy for reference.  

  • JBIs related to requesting, cleaning and returning the equipment stored in the rooms
  • Flyer listing all rooms involved in this change and the specific equipment stored in each of the rooms (8½ x 14 copies have been distributed to units that use this equipment. If you prefer this size to post, please contact Cathy Leal)
  • List of storage rooms and items/equipment as listed in Epic (please use to ensure correct storage room and/or item/equipment is requested for transport)
  • If you or your staff have any questions regarding this 5S or need to report issues with the room/equipment not being maintained according to plan, please feel free to contact any member of the 5S Team:
    • Willow Bronson-Golay - 570-887-5766
    • Cathy Leal - 570-887-4241
    • Kelly Chapman - 570-887-4975 or Pager 531
    • Chris Nolan - 570-887-4529 or Pager 742
    • Kris Maffei - 570-887-5083
    • Brian Stubbs, Op Ex - 570-887-5420
    • Sam Shaw, Op Ex - 570-887-5204

Submit Your Recipe for Chef of the Quarter

The second annual Chef of the Quarter is approaching. Leaders from across the Guthrie system have partnered with the food and nutrition teams at each of our hospitals on this program. Chef of the Quarter is sponsored by the Guthrie Wellness Committee and features healthy recipes served by guest chefs at each of the Guthrie hospital cafeterias. 

This year, the healthy recipe submission will be a challenge. Employees are challenged to submit a healthy recipe as a group, department or individual that follows the criteria below.

  • Saturated Fat: 3 grams or less
  • Trans Fat: 0 grams
  • Sodium: less than 300 mg per food item
  • Dietary Fiber: 3 grams or more

The winners of the challenge will be recognized for their submission and will have their recipe featured at one of the Chef of the Quarter events throughout the year!

Submit your recipe via interoffice or email to Kayle Escarcega at or post your recipe on Workplace in the Employee Wellness group. When submitting your recipe, please include your name, department, location and recipe. Submissions are due by Friday, Jan. 25, 2019.

Reminder – 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 “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.

This Week on Workplace

Dr. Poovendran Saththasivam did a Grand Round lecture at Drexel Hahnemann University in Philadelphia on Mitral Valve Surgery and Utility of Intraop Echo in Decision Making.

Dr. Christopher Fucito and Diane Legendre, PA presented the field of medicine at sophomore career day at Corning Community College.

Winter 2018 Cohort of Nurse Residents graduated from the Newly Licensed Registered Nurse (NLRN) Residency Program.

Renee Rosenberger received the December Employee of the Month award on the Epic team.

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

Events Across the Guthrie System

Stop the Bleed Class – Tuesday, Jan. 22 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the Towanda Fire Department. Call 570-887-6908 to register.

Free CPR Training – Tuesday, Feb. 5 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. at Guthrie Corning Hospital. To register, call the Community Training Center at 570-887-6390 or email

Bereavement Support Group – Every Wednesday, Feb. 6 - March 6 in the Conference Room at Guthrie Hospice office, 421 Tomahawk Rd, Towanda. Call Guthrie Hospice at 1-800-598-6155 to register.

Guthrie Corning Hospital Valentine's Ball – Saturday, Feb. 9 at 6 p.m. at the Corning Museum of Glass. Visit for tickets or more information.