This Week: Friday, January 10, 2020

Week of January 10, 2020

January CEO Video

In this month’s CEO Video, Dr. Joseph Scopelliti explains why employee feedback is vital to Guthrie’s Culture of Safety Survey and shares some of the improvements that have come from previous surveys.

Have You Taken the Culture of Safety Survey?

The annual Culture of Safety Survey is conducted each year to hear our employees’ perception of safety issues across the organization. This survey helps to identify areas where we can continue to improve the service we deliver. Suggestions made by our staff have led to major changes which continue to make Guthrie a great place to work and to receive care. If you do not work for one of the hospitals or the pharmacy, please choose the survey for Guthrie Medical Group. The survey will close on Monday, Jan. 20.

Click here to complete the survey.

Guthrie Awards $10,000 to Friends of Valley Playland

Guthrie's Community Benefit Grant Program awarded $10,000 to Friends of Valley Playland in support of its project to revitalize the current playland structure on South River Street in Athens, Pa. Updates to the current playland structure will improve safety and accessibility for all children and their families in the community, including those with mobility impairments.

This grant was awarded as part of Guthrie’s Community Benefit Grant Program, which funds projects based on Guthrie’s Community Health Needs Assessment. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), requires non-profit hospitals to complete a community needs assessment (CHNA) every three years. The following areas of need were identified for 2020-2023: obesity, access to mental health providers, and cancer incidence with a focus on tobacco usage.

For more information, or to apply for a Guthrie Community Benefit Grant, please visit

Dr. Joseph Scopelliti, president and CEO, Guthrie; Lori Allen Unger, president, Friends of Valley Playland, Josephine Robles, program manager, NYS DSRIP, Guthrie; Dr. Charles Fedele, member, Community Benefits Committee; Kathe Vergason, member, Friends of Valley Playland; Joseph Sawyer, president, Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital.

Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital Pillars of Excellence

The January Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital Pillars of Excellence Award was presented to Tammy Davenport, Internal Medicine Residency.

Tammy was nominated by several colleagues, who said: “Tammy has been a tremendous help to both myself and another coworker who are transitioning into our new positions here at Guthrie. She is working hard at also training a new assistant as well. Tammy keeps a very positive attitude and keeps going with a smile on her face. Even with this being a very busy time of year, Tammy has taken the time to help and mentor my coworker and me without any hesitation. She has been very willing to help and always with a smile. Tammy Davenport deserves to be recognized!” Tammy 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: Joe Shenot, Pharmacy; Britney Browne, Sterile Processing; Amanda Neiley, 9SW; Megan Schultz, Operating Room; Charnell Stewart, 6 West; Dustin Yost, RPH Cafeteria.

Honoree Tammy Davenport accepts her award from Joe Sawyer, president, Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital and members of the Internal Medicine Residency Program.

Winterfest Community Walk to be Held on Jan. 13

Guthrie is proud to partner with the Sayre Area School District and the Sayre Business Association to present the Winterfest Community Walk on Jan. 13 at 6 p.m. The event will feature art and science projects by students of Sayre School District and is meant to promote outdoor activity. The walk will start at Island Pond and will utilize part of the Island Pond walking route. Interested participants should meet at Island Pond at 6 p.m. Free hot chocolate will be provided along the route. Click here for the Winterfest Community Walk route.

As a WalkWorks network affiliate, Guthrie assisted in developing the Island Pond walking route and encourages the community to utilize it as part of a healthy lifestyle.

Sayre Family Medicine Residency Program Presents "Kindness Counts" Award

Sayre Family Medicine Residency Program’s "Kindness Counts" Award is presented to a Sayre Family Medicine Residency Employee or Resident who displays a consistently positive attitude towards staff, patients and peers in the workplace and demonstrates teamwork by going above and beyond.

This month's "Kindness Counts" Award recipient is Min Je Woo, DO, who was nominated by his fellow faculty members who said: 

  • "Dr. Woo is always willing to help and is a ray of sunshine! He’s an excellent recruiter and really adds depth and energy to the osteopathic environment." 
  • "Patients are always raving about the wonderful care they get from Dr. Woo. He is a pleasure to collaborate with and has a positive impact on everyone he works with."

Congratulations, Dr. Woo!

Recipients of the Sayre Family Medicine Residency Program’s "Kindness Counts" Award are nominated by their peers and chosen by a committee. To nominate a deserving individual, please email a member of the committee, listed below:

Free Training for Guthrie Employees

In 90 minutes, you can acquire the knowledge and skills needed to perform CPR and save someone’s life. The Guthrie Community Training Center is offering free non-certification CPR courses. Click here to view the schedule for 2020. To register, call the Community Training Center at 570-887-6390.

There will also be free Stop the Bleed training courses held across the Guthrie system in 2020. Life-threatening bleeding needs to be controlled quickly. This class will empower you with the knowledge of how to help save a life. Click here to see the full schedule. To register, please call the Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital Trauma Department at 570-887-6908 or the Community Training Center at 570-887-6390.

Valentine's Ball Tickets and Sponsorships on Sale Now

Guthrie Corning Hospital will present the 19th Annual Valentine’s Ball on Feb. 15, 2020 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 in the fight against cancer.

The evening begins with cocktails and hors d’ oeuvres at 6 p.m., followed by a gourmet dinner. Dress to impress as you dance the night away with music performed by Into the Spin.

If you have any questions regarding sponsorships or tickets, please contact Nichole Cocco at 570-887-4420 or by email at Visit to secure your sponsorship or tickets. To see pictures of the 2019 event, click here.

Fidelity One-on-One Meetings

Fidelity one-on-one meetings will take place between Tuesday, Jan. 14 and Thursday, June 18 at Guthrie locations across the system. Click here to view the schedule for these meetings. If you are interested in scheduling an appointment, please call Fidelity at 1-800-642-7131 or visit

This Week on Workplace

The RPH OR team welcomed Jill Stenson, VP, nursing services, to spend the morning walking in the shoes of Dr. Stilwell’s orthopedic team.

Nurses from 6 West at RPH showed their support for PA Donor Day.

Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital welcomed its first baby of 2020.

Anthony Zgardzinski, occupational therapist, poses in front of Guthrie Cortland Medical Center's January 2020 Recognition Board.

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

Events Across the Guthrie System

Winterfest Community Walk – Monday, Jan. 13 at 6 p.m. starting at Island Pond next to the Guthrie Sayre Campus. 

Healthy Living Meet-Up with Dr. Woglom – Tuesday, Jan. 14 from 6-7 p.m. at HealthWorks.

Facebook Live with Dr. Aman and the Guthrie Weight Loss Team – Thursday, Jan. 16 at 6:15 p.m. on The Guthrie Clinic Facebook page,

19th Annual Valentine’s Ball – Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020 at 6 p.m. at the Corning Museum of Glass. Visit for more information.