This Week: Friday, August 16, 2019

Week of August 16, 2019

Guthrie Bariatric Surgery Receives Reaccreditation

Guthrie has receieved full reaccreditation as a Comprehensive Bariatric Surgery Program through the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program. This is the highest designation level awarded. 

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) combined their respective national bariatric surgery accreditation programs into a single unified program to achieve one national accreditation standard for bariatric surgery centers, the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP).

MBSAQIP works to advance safe, high-quality care for bariatric surgical patients through the accreditation of bariatric surgical centers. A bariatric surgical center achieves accreditation following a rigorous review process during which it proves that it can maintain certain physical resources, human resources and standards of practice. All accredited centers report their outcomes to the MBSAQIP database.

Congratulations to the Guthrie Weight Loss Center Team!

Bobbi Stockholm, Coord. Bariatric Services and Dr. Mustafa Aman, Bariatric Surgeon

ATA: Important Information

Thank you for your cooperation as we become acclimated to our new Automated Time & Attendance (ATA) system. We are halfway through our Dual Capture Period, during which time we are completing paper time sheets as well as using the new system. 

The ATA Help Desk and Command Center teams have shared the most common issues that employees have encountered this week. Please keep this in mind when using the WebClock:

  • If you had bookmarked the Welcome page to sign-in to ATA, prior to midnight on Sunday, Aug. 11, you must bookmark the page again. Anything saved prior to Aug. 11 was saved in the test environment and will not allow you to sign-in to your current timecard. Click here to learn more.
  • To access ATA via the WebClock, you must allow pop-ups. Click here to learn more.
  • If you are using the WebClock and clocking in to or out of your primary job, you do not need to use the four drop down boxes to choose the location, department, job or pay code. You only need to click “In for Work” or “Out from Work.”

If you need assistance with ATA, please consult your manager or one of these resources for support:  

  • By phone: Helpdesk- 570-887-5380, option 3
  • By e-mail:
  • Guthrie Intranet: click on the banner to access training materials and resources.
  • Workplace: Automated Time and Attendance or ATA for Managers with Direct Reports  

ATA Go Live is on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019.

Get Your Tickets for the Guthrie Gala

Tickets are now on sale for the 2019 Guthrie Gala presented by Robert Packer Hospital Auxiliary. The Guthrie Gala will be held on Saturday, Sept. 14 at the Tioga Downs Event Center in Nichols, N.Y. The cost is $120 per ticket. Entertainment will be provided by Into the Spin. 

Proceeds from the Guthrie Gala benefit the Sayre House of Hope, a nonprofit facility located near Guthrie’s campus in Sayre. Sayre House of Hope’s mission is to alleviate the financial and emotional burdens on patients and families during a medical crisis by providing affordable temporary housing and support.

Plan your overnight accommodations in a hotel room overlooking the race track or check out one of the many room packages Tioga Downs has to offer!  Hit the Greens or relax in the spa, there is a room package for everyone. Call Tioga Downs Hotel at 607-699-3900 to make your reservations by Aug. 20. Be sure to reference Booking ID #459 to receive the special Guthrie Gala rate.

For more information on the Guthrie Gala, including ticket sales and sponsorship opportunities, visit or contact Nichole Cocco, Guthrie Resource Development, at 570-887-4420 or by email at

Cooking for a Cure

On Saturday, Aug. 24, Bryan's Meat Cutting will be "Cooking for a Cure" at Troy Summerfest. The Food Truck will donate a percentage of its sales that day to the Guthrie Troy Community Hospital Mammography and Breast Cancer Awareness Program. The crew will wear pink t-shirts in support of breast cancer awareness.

Submit Your Nominations for the Donald Guthrie Distinguished Provider Award

Guthrie is asking patients, employees and community members to nominate Guthrie providers for the Donald Guthrie Distinguished Provider Award. This award recognizes providers who have gone above and beyond to provide outstanding service that has made a meaningful difference to the patients we care for.

Any Guthrie provider can be nominated, including physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, midwives, optometrists, physical therapists and dieticians. Nominations must include the name of the provider, as well as information on how that provider made an impact on your, or a loved one’s, life. Nominations may be made anonymously and do not have a required word limit.

Click here to download the form. Please send your nomination to - Reward & Recognition Committee, Attn. Tricia Schamel, Guthrie Medical Group, One Guthrie Sq., Sayre Pa. 18840 by Sept. 13, 2019 or e-mail your story to You also have the option to drop off your submission to GMG regional offices, or in the box on the desk in the Atrium lobby.

Don’t Let Student Loans Slow You Down

We are pleased to announce that Guthrie has partnered with SoFi, the largest provider of student loan refinancing, to reduce the cost of student loan debt. SoFi refinances student loan debt at lower rates than federal and private options.

The primary benefits include:

  • Employee Discount: SoFi has lowered its rates for student loan refinancing to the lowest rate since August 2018. Also, you’ll receive a 0.25% rate discount if you refinance through
  • Savings: SoFi borrowers save thousands on average over the life of their loans when they refinance.
  • Rates: Terms from 5 – 20 years with low variable & fixed rate options! (0.25% rate reduction with Autopay).
  • Simplicity: Consolidate all existing student loans (federal and private) into a single loan with one monthly payment.
  • No Fees: No origination fees and no prepayment penalties.

To apply for a free, no-commitment rate quote, complete the online application at The application takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. 

If you have any questions about SoFi student loan refinancing, please visit or contact customer service by calling 855.456.7634 or emailing

Guthrie Partners with Roberts Wesleyan College

Guthrie is now a Corporate Partner of Roberts Wesleyan College. This allows Guthrie employees to access a 25% tuition discount on all bachelor's, master's and online programs. 

Access your tuition discount by visiting Call Guthrie Human Resources at 570-887-4401 with any questions.

Wineglass Marathon Volunteer Opportunities

For employees who won’t be running the half or full marathons at the Wineglass Marathon this year but would still like to get involved, we’re in need of volunteers along the course as well as at the finish line. Both clinical and non-clinical volunteers are needed for a variety of roles. Please express your interest by following the appropriate link below.

Non-clinical volunteers, select from a variety of opportunities at

Clinical volunteers for on-course race tents, sign up at

APR Process is Underway

The FY19 Annual Performance Review (APR) process has begun and will conclude on Oct. 31, 2019. Performance reviews offer an opportunity to provide valuable feedback, recognize quality performance and set expectations for future job performance. APRs encourage us to perform at our best and feel valued at Guthrie. 

The format and documentation for the FY19 APR process have not changed. The process is divided into three simple steps. Click here to access the FY19 APR form and resources, including examples, to assist you in successfully navigating this process.

Reminder – Annual Required Training Modules Have Changed

The Guthrie 2020 Annual Training Modules are now available and must be completed by December 30, 2019. There is a new look and feel this year to ensure this annual training has a more effective visual appeal and creates a deeper understanding of the material to set expectations of performance and behavior.

What are the new changes? The training appears more like a magazine article with two columns and related pictures with purpose and sequence to each page. You will also experience:

  • Each page is timed (anywhere from 5 to 15 seconds) to when the user will see the back and forward button appear at the bottom of the page. You will no longer be able to click through the pages quickly to answer the questions. 
  • Questions are asked at strategic points in the training (after the objective is covered) in lieu of questions placed at the end of the presentation.

Answers to some quiz questions have more than one answer. The questions will ask you to select the appropriate or best “answer” or “answers.” You will have to re-try the question if you get it wrong to proceed with the training module.

Important: The latest software upgrade to Guthrie LEARN requires you to use CHROME or MICROSOFT EDGE as your browser. You may experience excessive circling or wait times if you use Internet Explorer. If you experience excessive wait times or other issues such as black screens, etc. please contact the Help Desk at 570-887-5380.
Although changes have been made to the modules, it is expected to take approximately the same amount of time to complete as the previous format.

Volunteer Summer Picnic

The Guthrie Volunteers had a wonderful time at their annual summer picnic. We appreciate all our volunteers for all that they do. 

Hot Jobs This Week

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

Registered Nurse, Medical Surgical - Full Time, Towanda 
Registered Nurse, Medical Surgical - Days, Sayre

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

Guthrie was well-represented at the Elmira Jazz Festival.

The Young Professionals Network hosted their first Membership Celebration Lunch with 50 members in attendance.

Guthrie Canton staff were thanked for their service with a sweet treat.

Dr. Michael DePersis spoke with WIVT in Binghamton about the Guthrie Heart and Sole 5K.

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

Events Across the Guthrie System

Guthrie Heart & Sole 5K - Saturday, Aug. 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the En-Joie Golf Course in Endicott, N.Y. Visit for more information.

The Guthrie Gala - Sept. 14 at 6 p.m. at Tioga Downs Casino in Nichols, N.Y. Visit for more information.