Marie Droege, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Hospitals and Post-Acute Care has announced she is leaving Guthrie on Feb. 20 due to a restructuring of her position.
Since joining Guthrie in 2008 as President of Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital, her role has grown to provide administrative oversight for Guthrie’s four hospitals as well as Guthrie's Hospice program, Home Care of Pennsylvania, Home Care of New York, Med Supply Depot, Personal Care Home, Skilled Nursing Facility, Retail Pharmacy and Ambulance Service.
As Guthrie moves ahead to implement the five-year strategic plan, Marie and senior leadership determined that Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital needed a president dedicated only to that entity to best achieve the plan’s goals.
While a full time president is best for Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital, Marie stated she did not wish to return to the point in her career where she was eight years ago. Wanting to continue to see what is next for her outside of Guthrie, Marie asked for her last day to be Feb. 20.
About her upcoming departure, Marie said: “It has been an honor to support such a talented and dedicated team and help to accomplish all that we have resulting in superb care for our patients. It is a hard decision to leave, but 8.5 years in leadership in one organization is a long time in this field and I am excited to see what comes next for me in my next organization.”
During her tenure at Guthrie, Marie oversaw a number of critical projects and initiatives including the construction of two new hospitals in Troy and Corning, the creation of a state of the art ICU at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital, and the integration of Memorial Hospital in Towanda. She was named in 2015 by Becker’s Hospital Review to the list of “100 Leaders of Great Hospitals”.
Following Marie’s departure, hospital leads will report directly to Paul VerValin, COO, The Guthrie Clinic, while a search for a new hospital president is undertaken. A farewell celebration will be held on Feb. 8 from 3-4 p.m. in the School of Nursing Boardroom on the Sayre Campus. All staff are welcome to attend this event.
We wish Marie all the best in her future endeavors – she will be missed!