This Week: Friday, March 15, 2019

Week of March 15, 2019

Provider and Employee Giving – Cancer Care Fund

At any given moment, there is a patient at Guthrie in a different stage of their cancer journey. Those fighting cancer are often facing many different battles from medical to emotional or financial. These battles can take a significant toll on our patients who should be focusing on healing and finishing their fight against cancer.   

The Cancer Care Fund supports Guthrie patients in need of financial support during their medical treatment for a cancer diagnosis. This fund was designed to help with the many financial burdens that come with fighting a cancer diagnosis, whether it is arranging payment to heat a home for a patient undergoing chemotherapy or providing gas gift cards to patients just to get them back and forth to treatment. 

By making a gift today, you too can help ease the burden felt by some of our patients. You can choose to stand in their corner. You can choose to be their hero.  

Visit or send your pledge card to Resource Development.  If you have any questions on how you can make a gift, contact Resource Development at 570-887-4420.

Guthrie Hospital Wound Care Centers Recognized

The Center of Distinction Award has been given to the Guthrie Centers for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine at Robert Packer Hospital, Corning Hospital and Cortland Medical Center by Healogics, the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services. These Centers 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. 

The Robert A. Warriner Center of Excellence Award was also presented to the Guthrie Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine at Robert Packer Hospital for achieving outstanding clinical outcomes for a minimum of 24 consecutive months, which also included patient satisfaction higher than 92 percent, and a minimum wound healing rate of at least 91 percent within 30 median days to heal.

Soup for the Soul Warms Hearts at Guthrie Corning Hospital Cancer Center

Volunteers and local businesses worked together this winter to treat patients and their caregivers to a hot lunch while they were at Guthrie Corning Hospital Cancer Center for treatment. 

Soup for the Soul offers soup donated by local restaurants and served by volunteers each weekday at the hospital, beginning in November through the end of February. Patients and families were very appreciative of the program, especially since infusion times usually begin or end at lunchtime. 

This project was led by one of Guthrie’s volunteers, Tony Maio, and has had great support from the whole team. Tony and his group of volunteers have served over 1,700 bowls of soup to Guthrie Corning Cancer patients and care givers since Nov. 1.

Thank you to Tony and the volunteers for helping to make such a positive difference in the lives of our patients!

Guthrie Corning Cancer Center Patient Retha Cazel and Volunteer Tony Maio during the final day of the program.

Guthrie Cortland Chaplain Receives Certification

Guthrie Cortland Medical Center Chaplain Kate O'Neal recently received her certificate in Grief Counseling from the American Academy of Grief Counseling, a division of the American Institute of Healthcare Professionals.  

In the coming months, Kate will be offering educational seminars on grief to the community, beginning with an "Introduction to Grief". Kate sees this certification as an additional tool to support her background and training in understanding and supporting a person’s life journey. 

Congratulations, Kate!

Support the “Guthrie Go-Getters” JDRF Walk Team

Join the Guthrie Go-Getters Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) One Walk team to raise funds for Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) Research. This year's walk will take place on Saturday, May 11 at Elmira College. 

T1D is an autoimmune disorder that can strike at any age. Those with T1D no longer produce insulin and become reliant on an insulin pump or insulin shots for the rest of their lives. There is no cure and there are no days off. JDRF funds research to accelerate life changing progress on opportunities for curing, better treating and preventing T1D.

Visit, click on Elmira Walk, and search for the Guthrie Go-Getters team to join or donate to the team. For more information, contact Barbara DiGiacomo, team captain, at

Accounts Payable Reimbursement Change to Direct Deposit

Guthrie will soon be changing the way employees receive Accounts Payable reimbursement. Reimbursement will no longer be sent by physical check but will now be sent automatically to an employee’s bank account. Payment advice will be sent to an employee's Guthrie email address.

Beginning on Monday, March 18, employees who already use direct deposit for their paychecks and have received multiple accounts payable reimbursement checks in the past year will receive an email with an attached authorization form. Please fill out the authorization form attached to the email to confirm your participation.

If you have any questions about this change, you can email

Office Relocation and Phone Number Changes

The Corporate Hospital Billing Department relocated from the Grants Building on Lockhart Street to 37 Pratt Avenue in the Towanda Specialty MOB on Thursday, March 14. The staff is fully functional but phone numbers have changed. Click here to view the new phone numbers.

Thanks to all who were instrumental in making this move a seamless transition. Watch for details on an open house of the new offices!

Financial Class in Sayre or on Skype

Join us for "Solving the Mystery of a Credit Report", presented by Patricia Roma, Business Development Officer at Visions Federal Credit Union, on Monday, March 18 at 3 p.m. This financial class will be held in the Science Lecture Room on the Guthrie Sayre Campus or via Skype by dialing 7350 + Conference ID: 90248929. 

Please click here to RSVP to the Employee Wellness Workplace invite or contact Kayla Escarcega directly at 570-887-5542 or at

OSHA to Re-certify Robert Packer Hospital for VPP

You may recall that Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) representatives recently visited the Guthrie Sayre campus in January. This visit was part of Guthrie Medical Group’s application for Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) status. 

Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital has been a VPP Star Site since 2005. As one of only six VPP-certified hospitals in the country, we are proud to continue our partnership with OSHA. We will be welcoming OSHA back to RPH on April 15th -17 for a 3-year recertification visit. You may be interviewed by one of the OSHA auditors/inspectors. We have been informed by OSHA that these interviews are not meant to disrupt the day-to-day work flow. If you are chosen to be interviewed, please answer all questions openly and honestly. In preparation for the interview, we have outlined a set of questions that you may be asked. Click here to view the questions.

The VPP recognizes employers and workers in private industry and federal agencies who have implemented effective safety-and-health management systems and maintain injury and illness rates below national Bureau of Labor Statistics averages for their respective industries. 

New Options for Contacting Security

There is now a more efficient way to contact Guthrie Security with questions, concerns or to share information. The general Security e-mail address has been replaced with separate e-mail addresses for specific Security teams. According to Perry Specchio, Manager. System Security, staff should e-mail security-related questions or concerns to the following e-mail addresses: 

  • For Robert Packer Hospital, Troy Community Hospital and Towanda Memorial Hospital, use Security Sayre in the Outlook address book.
  • For Corning Hospital, use Security Corning in the Outlook address book, 
  • For Cortland Medical Center use Security Cortland in the Outlook address book. 
  • With problems or questions related to your badge and badge access, use Security ID Badge Access Team in the Outlook address book. 

Important: This applies to non-emergency situations only. In case of emergency, contact Security at each location by phone. 

Important Uniform Information

There is now a form for employees to utilize when taking uniform items to an approved vendor to have the Guthrie Logo applied. This approval form must be signed by the employee’s supervisor prior to taking items to the vendor. As the uniform initiative expands, this form will give us a tool to track and trend. 

The form is available on the Guthrie intranet here. We are having a “soft start” using the form for the next two weeks and it will become mandatory beginning April 1, 2019.

This Week on Workplace

Katrina Wheeler was named the Guthrie Corning Centerway March Employee of the Month.

A team from Guthrie visited STERIS Applied Sterilization Technologies Customer Solutions Center in Ohio to learn about equipment for the Central Processing Department.

Guthrie Oncology Service Line staff supported the Relay for Life event at the Elmira First Arena.

Guthrie celebrated the luck of the Irish and the successes we have all accomplished this quarter with a free St. Patrick’s Day lunch in Sayre.

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

Events Across the Guthrie System

Solving the Mystery of a Credit Report Financial Class – Monday, March 18 at 3 p.m. in the Science Lecture Room on the Guthrie Sayre Campus or via Skype by dialing 7350 + Conference ID: 90248929.

Indoor Farmers Market – Wednesday, March 20 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital cafeteria.

Guthrie Cortland Medical Center Charity Ball – Saturday, March 30 at 6 p.m. at Tinelli's Hathaway House, 3976 NY-41 in Solon, N.Y. 13101. Tickets are available at the Guthrie Cortland Medical Center coffee shop or in the volunteer office for $75. Call 607-756-3557 for more information.