This Week: Friday, May 18, 2018

Week of May 18, 2018

Guthrie Leaders Attend Mayo Clinic Care Network Leadership Summit

A number of leaders from Guthrie attended the Mayo Clinic Care Network Leadership Summit from April 26-27 in Ponte Vedra, Florida, where Paul Vervalin, Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer for Guthrie, gave a presentation. This event gave Guthrie leaders the oportunity to further explore the partnership that Guthrie has with the Mayo Clinic Care Network. 

Guthrie Corning Hospital Names DAISY Award Winner for Excellence in Nursing

The DAISY Award is a national program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurses every day. The founders of the program use the award to recognize extraordinary nurses everywhere who make an enormous difference in the lives of so many people. 

Congratulations Casey Smith, RN, 2East, for being awarded the Daisy Award for her willingness to go above and beyond both in listening to and advocating for her patients and in meeting their needs. 

Emily Waters, Asst. Manager Med/Surg, DAISY recipient Casey Smith, RN, Bernadette Zoerb, RN, Med/Surg Team Lead and Marie Watson, Med/Surg Manager.

Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital Wound Care Center Recognized with National Award for Clinical Excellence

Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital physicians, leaders and clinicians gathered to celebrate the Center of Distinction Award, which was given to the Guthrie Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine at Robert Packer Hospital. The award was presented by Healogics, the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services. The Center achieved outstanding clinical outcomes for twelve consecutive months, including patient satisfaction higher than 92 percent, and a minimum wound healing rate of at least 91 percent within 30 median days to heal. Congratulations to the team!

Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital Launches Pillars of Excellence Award

Do you work with someone who consistently goes above and beyond in carrying out their job responsibilities? Beginning in July, employees of Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital will be able to nominate co-workers for the Pillars of Excellence Award. Nominees must demonstrate consistent, positive behaviors and meet eligibility criteria. The Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital Employee Recognition Committee will review nominations and select one honoree each month. Honorees will receive an award and have their photo displayed for one year.

Nomination forms and award criteria are available on the Guthrie intranet or by clicking here. Paper nomination forms will be available through department managers. 

Join us in the Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital cafeteria on Thursday, May 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the Pillars of Excellence Award kick-off celebration. Enjoy cake and learn how to nominate a team member. Help us recognize those who make Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital a great place to work and receive care. 

For questions about the Pillars of Excellence Award, please contact Michelle Taft at 570-887-4845 or Heather Wheeler at 570-887-4164.

Congratulations to Nurse Resident Graduates

Congratulations to nurse residents from Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital and Guthrie Corning Hospital who graduated from our Newly Licensed Registered Nurse Residency Program on May 14, after completing their first year in professional practice. They demonstrated their LEAP (Linking Evidence and Practice) projects and celebrated with our Nursing Leadership teams from both facilities. 

We look forward to our next class of 30 new nurses that will start on July 16 with nurse residents from all four Guthrie Hospitals and Guthrie Hospice.

Celebrate Cancer Survivors Day with Guthrie

Join the Guthrie Cancer Center as we honor community cancer survivors. Survivors Day will feature entertainment and refreshments under the pavilion at East Waverly Park, Waverly, N.Y. on Sunday, June 3 from 1 – 4 p.m. Please RSVP (survivor and one guest) by May 23 by calling 570-887-3545 or online at Space is limited so register early.

PeopleSoft Scheduled Downtime – May 20

PeopleSoft will be down for scheduled maintenance on Sunday, May 20 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. This will affect both the HR and Supply Chain/Finance versions of PeopleSoft. During this time, the login page will be inactive and employees will not be able to access any features, including paystubs. Additionally, members of the public wishing to apply for jobs through the careers page will not be able to complete this task until the upgrade is complete. Thank you for your patience as we make needed upgrades.

8th Annual Florence Nightingale Birthday Cake Challenge

The Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital Nursing Professional/People Council presented the 8th Annual Cake Challenge honoring Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, on her birthday and to raise funds for the Mark Stensager Human Service Fund. The categories were Creativity, Flavor, Department Theme, Florence Nightingale's Birthday Theme and Best of Show. People that made a monetary donation received a piece of sheet cake donated from our Food Service Department and also got a ticket to vote for their favorite cake for Best of Show. $364.65 was raised for the Mark Stensager Human Service Fund.


  • Best of Show –  7 Main
  • Best Flavor - ICU
  • Best Dept Theme - ICU
  • Creativity - 7 Main
  • Best of Show – Shayna Labuski from 7 Main

Guthrie Provider Presents at National Conference

Bruce Askey RN, MSN, ANP-BC, bariatric medicine in Sayre, was a guest faculty member at the National Conference for Nurse Practitioners annual conference. The meeting was held in Orlando, Florida from May 9 - 12 and was attended by over 1,000 Nurse Practitioners from around the world. Bruce presented two topics: “Work-up of Abnormal Liver Enzymes” and “Hepatitis C: A Curable Epidemic”. Congratulations Bruce!

Plain Language Emergency Codes - Mass Casualty Incident Response

A Mass Casualty Incident Response (MCI) Alert is used to alert staff to prepare for a Mass Casualty Incident affecting the community. An MCI is an event in which emergency medical resources, such as personnel and equipment, are overwhelmed by the number and severity of casualties. The Plain Language MCI Alert notification alerts designated staff to respond to and prepare for the receipt of a surge of MCI patients.

Facility specific policies and protocols direct the activation and organization of staff to respond to the challenges of an MCI. The use of Plain Language alerts does not change existing procedures, which remain in effect. Stay tuned to Friday Facts and Workplace for more information on Guthrie’s Plain Language Emergency Codes.

Up"tick" in Tick Bites and Lyme Disease

There has been a recent increase in tick bite-related emergency department visits in all regions of Pennsylvania. Ticks become more active during the spring and summer, leading to increased reports of exposures. From May through September, health care providers should have a heightened clinical suspicion for tickborne diseases.

Report all tickborne diseases, confirmed or suspected, to the DOH web-based electronic disease surveillance system, PA-NEDSS, by clicking here

NexGen Monthly Wellness Newsletter

The latest edition of the NexGen Monthly Wellness Newsletter, provided by eni, our Employee Assistance provider, is now available. This issue highlights May as Mental Health Awareness Month and gives information about mental health and the large discrepancy between those that need care and those who receive it.

Please visit the Guthrie Employee Assistance Program intranet page for more details on available services and click here to view the newsletter.

Reminder – Mandatory Diversity Training Due June 30

A new mandatory training module on diversity, cultural competence, sensitivity and health literacy has been designed to help us develop a better understanding and awareness of the value of diversity. The training module provides insights on how we can deliver the best solutions to leverage and understand diversity and culture and focuses on teamwork, excellence and patient-centeredness.

The training has been assigned to every employee in Guthrie Learn to ensure that we have a shared awareness and understanding of diversity. 

You will receive a notification from Guthrie Learn to access the training. It must be completed no later than June 30, 2018. Any employee failing to complete the training will be unscheduled for work after June 30th.

Hot Job This Week

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

Job #111378 – Insurance Specialist II – Patient Accounting

The position is full time and is listed as Troy Hospital but is located in Sayre.

To see this 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

Guthrie employees enjoy a fun run with Dr. Scopelliti. 

Guthrie Ithaca celebrates National Health Care Week.

Food and Nutrition team at the Sayre campus picnic for National Health Care Week.

Guthrie team participating in Lynch Elementary School's career day.

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

Events Across the Guthrie System

Free CPR Training – Saturday, May 19 at 10 a.m. at the Bradford County Library at 16093 in Troy, Pa. 16947. To register, contact the Community Training Center at 570-887-6390.

Guthrie Hospice Butterfly Release Memorial Service – Sunday, June 10 at 2 p.m. at Mt. Pisgah State Park in the Lakeside Pavilion. 

Golf for Hospice – Friday, June 15 at The Club at Shepard Hills in Waverly, N.Y. For more information, visit

Personal Care Home Annual Car Show – Tuesday, June 19 at 6 p.m. in the back lot of the Personal Care Home at Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital, 603 William Street, Towanda, Pa. 18848.

Chef of the Quarter in June – from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in each hospital’s cafeteria.

  • Guthrie Corning Hospital – Monday, June 11 with Dr. Fillipo.
  • Guthrie Troy Community Hospital – Wednesday, June 13 with Frank Pinkosky.
  • Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital – Friday, June 15 with Dr. Bloom.
  • Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital – Thursday, June 21 with Donnie Skerpon.

Good Grief Camp – at the Vesper Church Spiritual Life Center in Standing Stone. Please call the Guthrie Hospice office at 570-265-8615 for details or to register. Click here for the registration form.

  • Tuesday, June 19
  • Wednesday, June 20
  • Thursday, June 21