This Week: Friday, January 17, 2020

Week of January 17, 2020

Guthrie Announces Affiliation with Temple Advanced Heart Failure Program

Guthrie and Temple University Hospital have announced an affiliation for advanced heart failure services and heart transplants that will provide patients living in the Twin Tiers streamlined access to Temple’s advanced heart failure specialists. This affiliation offers greater coordination and management of patients with advanced heart failure, particularly those in need of mechanical circulatory support or transplantation.

Cardiovascular care at Guthrie has a long and distinguished legacy as a leader of innovation. This history goes back more than 50 years, with pioneering open-heart surgery in 1967 at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital. Guthrie led the first Structural Heart Program for the treatment of heart and valve defects in our region and was the first to offer patients the benefits of a hybrid operating room for heart and vascular procedures.

The Temple Heart Transplant Program is the fastest “list-to-transplant” site in the U.S., with the best 1-year survival in the region, and its advanced heart failure specialists and cardiovascular surgeons can offer the most advanced mechanical circulatory support solutions available.

RPH Annual Meeting Celebrates Milestones, Successes

Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital recently held its annual public meeting, celebrating a milestone anniversary and sharing successes of the past year.

During the meeting, Hospital President Joseph Sawyer spoke of some of the highlights that occurred in 2019, including:

  • Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital Named One of the Nation's 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals
  • Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital Earns American College of Radiology Accreditation
  • Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital Named to America's 100 Best for Coronary Intervention
  • Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital Reaccredited as OSHA VPP Star Site

Also during the meeting, Michael Draine, Regional Executive – Region 2, American Hospital Association (AHA) presented Guthrie leadership with a plaque commemorating Robert Packer Hospital’s 100 year membership in the AHA.

Founded in 1898, The American Hospital Association is the national organization that represents and serves all types of hospitals, health care networks, and their patients and communities. The AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. The first year that institutional members were admitted to the AHA was 1919 and Robert Packer Hospital was one of 55 charter members of the association.

Dr. Joseph Scopelliti, Guthrie President and CEO; Joseph Sawyer, President, Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital and Michael Draine, Regional Executive – Region 2, American Hospital Association

Radiation Oncology Services, PC Joins Guthrie

We are pleased to announce that Radiation Oncology Services, PC has joined the Guthrie Medical Group and is now Guthrie Cortland Radiation Oncology. 

Dr. Frederick Bloom, President, Guthrie Medical Group, welcomed the new practice. "Radiation Oncology Services is a practice with a rich tradition of providing outstanding care to cancer patents in our region. Dr. Michael Fallon and his staff share Guthrie’s vision and values, which makes this new relationship a wonderful fit."

Guthrie looks forward to enhancing the care provided to patients in the community and is excited to bring long-anticipated expansion of cancer services to Cortland. As Guthrie moves forward with its plans for a new cancer center, the inclusion of Dr. Fallon’s practice will further enhance and strengthen the care provided to patients, enabling them to receive care close to home. Dr. Fallon and his staff will continue to provide services at the current Commons Avenue location until the completion of the new Guthrie Cancer Center, anticipated to open in 2021, when they will relocate to the new facility. 

Welcome, Dr. Fallon and staff, to the Guthrie Family!

Guthrie Provider Writes Chapters for Book of the Year

Guthrie System Director of Palliative Care Patricia Maani-Fogelman, DNP authored two chapters of a book that recently received a Book of the Year Award from the American Journal of Nursing in the categories "Advanced Practice Nursing" and "Palliative Care and Hospice". The book, titled Oxford Textbook of Palliative Nursing, discusses the art and science of palliative care nursing. 

Dr. Fogelman, along with other nursing experts, contributed chapters addressing the physical, psychological, social, and spiritual needs pertinent to a successful palliative care team. The textbook covers principles of care from the time of initial diagnosis of a serious illness to the end of a patient's life. 

Congratulations, Patricia!

O365 Tip of the Month

In an effort to help staff maximize the features available through Office 365, we are highlighting O365 applications and uses each month, including an overview of the application, uses at Guthrie and helpful links to training.

Click here for a Microsoft Word video training.

Time is Running Out - 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.

Chef of the Quarter Healthy Recipe Contest

Guthrie is starting off the new year with a Healthy Recipe Contest to find recipes for the upcoming Chef of the Quarter. Winning recipes will be featured in the five hospital cafeterias and served at the Chef of the Quarter events. Voting will take place on Workplace in the Employee Wellness group.

Submit your healthy recipes for the Healthy Recipe Contest to Darcy Wills at by end of day on Monday, Jan. 27.

Automated Time and Attendance Downtime

The ATA Portal and WebClock will be down from 10 p.m. – Midnight on Saturday, Jan. 18. All timeclocks will undergo a reboot starting at 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18. Employees that are working during this downtime should be prepared to clock in via timeclock. If both timeclock and WebClock are unavailable, please communicate with your manager and/or fill out a time correction form.

Valentine's Ball Tickets and Sponsorships Now Available

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.

Hot Jobs This Week

Job #117340 – Supervisor, Assistant Clinical Manager – Sayre, Full Time
Job #117467 – Manager, Radiology – Sayre, Full Time
Job #116507 – Medical Social Worker, Medical Social Services – Sayre, Full Time

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

The Central Scheduling team for the Western Region had lunch and cake before moving to their new location.

Guthrie Towanda Memorial EMS visited with Bradford Tioga Head Start.

Community members participated in the Winterfest Community Walk, presented by Guthrie Employee Wellness, Sayre Area School District and the Sayre Business Association.

Karen Heller, LPN, at Guthrie Medical Group's Troy Clinic was named this quarter's Shooting Star Recipient for the Pa Region.

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 – Tuesday, Feb. 4 from 6-8 p.m. at Corning Hospital.

Fidelity One-on-One Meetings – If you are interested in scheduling an appointment, please call Fidelity at 1-800-642-7131 or visit

  • Tuesday, Feb. 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Southern Tier Pediatrics
  • Wednesday, Feb. 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Troy Community Hospital
  • Thursday, Feb. 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Corning Hospital

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

Stop the Bleed – Tuesday, Feb. 18 from 6-8 p.m. at the Towanda Fire Department.