This Week: Friday, October 18, 2019

Week of October 18, 2019

Guthrie Corning Hospital Earns National Recognition for Promoting Organ Donation

Guthrie Corning Hospital has earned the bronze level recognition for its efforts to increase organ, eye and tissue donor registrations across the state, through the Workplace Partnership for Life (WPFL) Hospital Organ Donation Campaign. The WPFL is a national initiative that unites the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and the organ donation community with workplaces across the nation in spreading the word about the importance of donation.

Between October 2018 and April 2019, Guthrie Corning Hospital participated in HRSA’s WPFL Hospital Organ Donation Campaign. The program challenges hospitals and healthcare organizations to “let life bloom” by educating their staff, patients, visitors and communities about the critical need for organ, eye and tissue donation and by offering them opportunities to register as donors. Guthrie Corning Hospital earned points for completing awareness and registry activities and prompting new donor registrations during the campaign period. 

Guthrie Corning Hospital was one of more than 1,490 organizations to participate in the 2019 campaign and one of 230 organizations to earn bronze recognition.

Congratulations to the team at Guthrie Corning Hospital!

Adrienne Abbot, VP, CNO; Garrett Hoover, SVP, President; Marguerite “Peggy” Clarkson, Unit Clerk in ED and Council Member; Priscilla VanDewark, Nurse Manager ICU and Council Advisor, Jennifer VanCise, RN in critical care and Council Member

ATA News

Here are this week’s tips to help the ATA process to work more efficiently.

  • Prior Pay Period Adjustments: The manager or timekeeper must submit the Prior Pay Period Timecard Correction Form found on the ATA Intranet page, ATA Resources. This form must be submitted by noon on the Thursday of the non-pay week to Payroll or GHSPayroll email, not sent to the ATA e-mail address.
  • Grace Period: We have moved from the implementation phase to the operational phase and we should now be familiar and comfortable with the normal ATA processes Beginning with the Nov. 3 pay period, the grace period will be ending. All missed punches, tardies and unexcused absences will be cleared from ATA and all employee banks will start with a clean slate. Going forward, employees must clock in on time and only managers will be able to adjust tardy points or unexcused absences. 

Giving Back is Sweet During the United Way Campaign

The Annual Guthrie United Way campaign is going strong and will run until Nov. 1, 2019.
If you’re ready to make your gift, we have some sweet opportunities for you. 

  1. Make your gift by Oct. 25 and your entire office could be “Creepin’ It Real” with a king-sized candy basket delivered to your location on Halloween, Thursday, Oct. 31. Visit Guthrie Gives Back on Workplace to get a look at this giant prize. Photos of the winning department/office will be on Workplace Oct. 31.
  2. Trick or Treat for United Way in front of the cafeteria at Guthrie hospitals in Sayre, Corning, Troy and Towanda on Oct. 31 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. You’ll receive a Halloween treat if you’ve already made your gift or if you make a gift or pledge at the table that day.
  3. All employees who donate at any point during the campaign will be entered to win one of two fall-inspired gift baskets. Check out Guthrie Gives Back on Workplace to see the baskets and for photos of the prize winners!

Want to join your fellow employees and support the great work the United Way does in your community? To make a gift to the United Way of your choice, please visit If you prefer to make your gift using a paper form, please contact Resource Development at or by calling 570-887-4420.

Introducing “Walk & Talk”

You may recall that we recently asked for feedback on Workplace about topics that employees are interested in hearing from leadership about. The topics that received the most votes were: Professional Growth, Relationship/Team Building and Retention. We are pleased to announce a new pilot program on the Sayre campus to engage employees and senior leaders on these topics. 

“Walk & Talk” invites employees to join Guthrie leaders to learn more about the topics of interest. We will begin with a 10-minute introduction to the topic by a senior leader followed by a 20-minute walk, during which employees can ask questions or engage in conversation about the topic.   

Oct. 28 at 12:15 p.m. - Professional Growth: Frank Pinkosky, EVP, Chief Human Resources Officer, joined by Cori Belles, VP, Talent and Jeff Grenzer, Manager, Training/Development      
Oct. 31 at 12:15 p.m. - Relationship/Team Building: Paul VerValin, EVP, Chief Operating Officer
Nov. 1 at 12:15 p.m. - Retention: Kate Mohr, EVP, Chief Nursing Officer

All sessions will meet in the Sumner lobby on the Guthrie Sayre campus. In case of inclement weather, we will walk indoors. 

Registration is not required – just lace up your walking shoes, bring your questions or suggestions for the day’s topic and join us!

Guthrie Ladies Day Out – Oct. 19

Celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a fun day of local vendors, Guthrie services, refreshments and prizes. Bring your mother, sisters and friends to Guthrie Ladies Day out on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Guthrie Clinic Atrium in Sayre. 

This event features family history risk assessment for breast cancer, Guthrie Specialists available for questions, local vendors, flu shots and raffles. There is no cost to attend. 

For more information, call 570-887-5148 or visit

Be Prepared, Drive Right!

Guthrie will sponsor Drive Right, an adult driver education class promoting safe driving skills and behaviors. The class will cover various driving locations and situations with an emphasis on inclement weather conditions. Learning and practicing necessary skills will help create a safe driving environment for everyone

The program is free for Guthrie employees and will be offered twice a day from Monday, Oct. 21 to Wednesday, Oct. 23. The first class will take place from 8-11 a.m. and the second class will take place from 1-4 p.m. Participants should enroll in ONE session only. Attendees will be provided with a certificate of completion. Specific discounts will need to be negotiated between attendees and their insurance carrier. Please note that this training is not considered paid time.

To register, visit

Get Your Flu Shot

The best way to protect yourself, your family and our patients from the flu is to get your mandatory flu shot as soon as possible. All Guthrie employees, medical staff members, students and volunteers must have a seasonal influenza vaccine by end of day on Nov. 30.

There will be many opportunities to get your flu vaccination at Guthrie locations across the organization. Click here for the most up to date flu shot clinic schedule. This page is updated as more dates and times are added. All dates are subject to change.

Employees and volunteers who receive their influenza vaccine and send their consent to Employee Health by Thursday, Oct. 31 will be entered to win a $40 Murph’s Mart Gift Certificate.

Employees and volunteers must bring their badge and employee number with them to receive a flu shot. Consent forms for flu shots that are received outside of these Guthrie flu shot clinics will need to be filed with Employee Health by sending the document in an email to For Guthrie Cortland employees, this form should be sent to Nancy Redmore, Employee Health Nurse.

To review the Influenza Season Policy, click here. The Guthrie Cortland Medical Center's Influenza Policy is available in Medworxx.

New Nursing Career Pathing Tool

What is a “career path?” A new tool located on Guthrie Learn, provides insights on what a career path is and provides information on career track opportunities available in the nursing profession at The Guthrie Clinic.

The career path tool can help nurses view the many nursing roles available at Guthrie, with options for direct care, non-direct care and management. The tool will also provide the contact information for individuals who can provide insight and create Individual Development Plans for your career pathing. Visit Guthrie Learn for more information about the nursing career paths that are available at Guthrie.

Guthrie is Celebrating Healthcare Quality Week

National Healthcare Quality Week, Oct. 20 – 26, is a week dedicated to celebrating the contributions professionals have made to improve healthcare quality. It also gives us an opportunity to bring greater awareness to the profession of healthcare quality.

Next week, visit the TGC Quality Outcomes page on Workplace to view photos from events, a raffle and more.

Thank you to everyone who has had an impact on advancing healthcare quality at Guthrie.

Use Caution Near Railroad Tracks

While we appreciate that some employees walk from the Thomas Ave. or Hangar employee parking lots to get exercise, there have been reports of employees walking along the railroad tracks. This is an un-safe practice. The tracks are considered “live” with trains running on them occasionally. Norfolk Southern has contacted Guthrie in the past with concerns about employees trespassing on their property. We ask that you NOT walk along or cross over the railroad tracks.

"Soup is On" at Corning Centerway Family Medicine and Walk In

Corning Centerway Family Medicine and Walk-In Care employees recently participated in "Soup is On," an event that encouraged everyone to prepare their favorite soup to share. Each soup was numbered for tasting by Katrina Wheeler, Supervisor, Office Operations and Michael Topielec, Director, Practice Admin who were the Soup Tasting Judges. 

Robin French, FNP, Corning Centerway Walk-In Provider, was the winner with her Zupa Tuscana soup and is pictured below with her gift, a metal pumpkin. 

Mike Topielec, Director, Practice Administration; Robin French, FNP; Janelle Stewart, LPN

New Chamberlain Partner Tuition Savings for Nurses

The next step in your career is closer than you think. Earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree could open the door for opportunities such as roles in management, nursing informatics, quality control or risk assessment. 

Guthrie nurses are eligible for a tuition savings of 40% off Chamberlain University’s RN to BSN Online Degree Completion Option for our November 2019 through May 2020 sessions. Savings are offered to new students for these sessions.

As a student of Chamberlain University, home to the largest nursing school in the U.S., you will receive:

  • Flexible learning with 100% online coursework 
  • Training from experienced, supportive nurse educators who personally understand your goals and challenges 
  • Support every step of the way with 24/7 guidance, tutoring and mentor programs

For more information, contact Jennifer Ruske, Chamberlain University Healthcare Development Specialist, at 716-698-1562 or email A representative from Chamberlain University will round the floor at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 8 p.m. and Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 8:30 a.m. to answer questions.

Families Attend Guthrie Remembrance Walk

On Oct. 13, guests joined Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital’s First Impressions Birthing Center for its annual Remembrance Walk at Guthrie’s Sayre campus. The event was open to individuals and families who have experienced the loss of a child during pregnancy or shortly after birth. Many families brought memorabilia of their loved one and shared their stories. After the walk, a ceremony was held by the pond, where attendees placed roses in remembrance of their children.

Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital LDRP

Guthrie Sponsors GVEMS Drive-Through Flu Clinic

Guthrie will sponsor the annual Greater Valley EMS free drive-through flu shot clinic on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lynch-Bustin Elementary School/Harlan Rowe Middle School complex in Athens Township.

The clinic will be open to anyone in the community who would like to receive a free flu shot. No appointment is necessary and participants simply drive up to the clinic. There is a limited supply available for this event, so the vaccine will be available on a first come, first served basis.

Flu can have a devastating effect on people of all ages. Guthrie urges the community to receive their flu vaccinations this year to minimize the spread and impact of the virus. It is important that everyone, particularly those most at risk, such as young children, the elderly, pregnant women, and people with any pre-existing health conditions, receive their flu shots as soon as possible to ensure they are protected this winter.

Guthrie Tribute to Veterans – Submissions Due Nov. 1

In honor of Veterans Day on Nov. 11, Guthrie is organizing a "Tribute to the Troops" to honor employees and their family members who are serving or have served in the armed forces. This tribute will be posted on Workplace as well as in Friday Facts on Nov. 8.

If you are an employee who has served or is serving in the armed forces or have a family member who has served or is serving and would like to be included in this tribute, please send the following information to Michelle Watkins at no later than Friday, Nov. 1:

  • Name of veteran or individual serving and their rank (as it should be listed).
  • Indicate whether they are an employee; or their relationship to the employee and the name of the employee.
  • Branch of Armed Force and dates of service.
  • If they are a POW, MIA or KIA.

If you have submitted a name in the past, it will carry over to this year's tribute. You can click here to see the list. If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Watkins at 570-887-5293.

Community Survey – Share Your Feedback on Housing

A group of local business owners, community leaders and government officials are considering ways to revitalize downtown Sayre, in order to better meet the needs of residents and visitors and encourage individuals to relocate to this area.

In follow up to the recent survey that covered a range of topics, Guthrie is facilitating a short survey to get more specific feedback about housing preferences on behalf of the group. The survey is anonymous and takes less than five minutes to complete.

Your feedback matters! Even if you don’t live locally, we value your thoughts on what the housing needs are in the community.

The survey will be available until end of day on Monday, Oct. 28. Please take this opportunity to share your thoughts. Click here to take the survey.

Employee Opinion Survey - We Want to Hear from You

The Employee Engagement Committee has administered Pulse Surveys to all Tier 1, 2 and 3 work units, as well as Cortland Medical Center, via Survey Monkey. The survey link was sent to leaders to email employees in those work units, and the link is also available by clicking here. The survey will run until Friday, Nov. 1. 

Employees are asked to select their entity first and then their manager/work unit (listed alphabetically by manager last name). If you have questions about this information, please reach out to your manager. The survey consists of 15 Power Items and 6 Engagement Items. 

All survey feedback is anonymous, and leaders will only see the overall results for their work units that receive at least three responses. 

The Employee Engagement Committee thanks you for your support in this very important process.

APR Process Underway Until Oct. 31

The FY19 Annual Performance Review (APR) process is underway and will conclude on Oct. 31. Performance reviews offer an opportunity to provide valuable feedback, recognize quality performance and set expectations for future job performance. 

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.

Note: This process is different for Guthrie Cortland Medical Center employees.

Annual Required Training Modules Must be Complete by Dec. 30

The Guthrie 2020 Annual Training Modules must be completed by Dec. 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.

This Week on Workplace

 Kristeen Alazruei, Christopher Garner and Melanie Poff represented the RPH Pharmacy Residency at the St. John Fisher Wegmans School of Pharmacy Residency Showcase.

 Dr. David Lucero and Dr. John Pamula attended the Alliance of Independent Academic Medical Center's (AIAMC) kick-off meeting for the National Initiative VII: Teaming for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice.

Guthrie Patient Linda Burroughs pointed to the billboard where she is featured teaching a fitness class after having hip and knee replacements at Guthrie.

Respiratory Therapy and Pulmonary Function's pumpkin display was awarded first place at the Pink Pumpkin Contest.

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

Events Across the Guthrie System

Guthrie Ladies Day Out – Saturday, Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Guthrie Clinic Atrium in Sayre.

Post-Concussion Support Group – Sunday, Oct. 20 at 2 p.m. in the 4 Blue Conference Room in Sayre.

Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital Open House – Thursday, Oct. 24 from 4-6 p.m. at Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital.

Free Skin Cancer Screening Clinic – Monday, Oct. 28 from 1-4 p.m. at the Guthrie Clinic in Sayre, 4 Blue, General Surgery.