A new system for tracking prescriptions of controlled substances will launch on Aug. 25 in Pennsylvania. The PA Department of Health’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) will require all providers to check the online database if the prescriber is prescribing a controlled substance for the first time or suspects abuse. The system is designed as a tool to help providers and pharmacists track their patients’ controlled substance prescriptions and prevent abuse of these drugs. It is similar to the I-STOP program previously enacted in New York.
Three weeks ago, a fire occurred in an office on the fifth floor of Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital. Staff carried out a safe evacuation of all patients in the area, and the fire was extinguished by a sprinkler head in the room.
The Guthrie Gala is the premiere fundrasier for Sayre House of Hope, and the community has shown overwhelming support for this important cause. The 2016 Gala Presented by Elderwood is on track to raise a record amount thanks to the generous support of this year's sponsors.
Employees participating in the Service Excellence Academy spend two fun-filled, information-packed days learning about the critical role they play in improving the patient experience. The Academy kicks off with an overview of Guthrie's mission, vision, and values, as well as the goals around our pillars of People, Service, Quality, Finance and Growth. An interactive session on how employees can help move our patient experience from ordinary to extraordinary follows, including a segment on what is expected of employees who are in patient-facing roles.
The Guthrie Clinic Pharmacy has recently started a new prescription delivery service for inpatients at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital, called 'Meds to Beds'. Patients admitted to the hospital can have the medications prescribed by their physician delivered straight to their room before they are discharged. The 'Meds to Beds' program aims to reduce readmissions to the hospital by ensuring our patients are able to take their medications as prescribed.
A needle stick is one on the job injury that is likely to occur in a health care environment. Although proper safety precautions can help prevent needle sticks, it is important to be aware of how to handle them in case one does occur. Take a look at the policy for Needle Sticks to be sure you know what to do if you experience one. Detailed information appears in the policy, but the general procedure if you get a needle stick is to:
Each month, we are highlighting a key military date and featuring the story of a service member or veteran connected to Guthrie whose story relates to that date.
On August 1, 1907 the very first iteration of the US Air Force was formed as a division of the US Army by an act of Congress. This division would become a separate military branch in 1947, and has since become the largest of the world's air forces.
The Guthrie Wellness Incentive may be one of the easiest ways around to earn $300. The wellness incentive is a cash payment to employees who take certain steps to manage their health. To claim the incentive, you must log in to your account at highmarkbcbs.com and click on “Rewards Program” on the member home screen under “Wellness Programs”.
Start your journey today! A new session of Weight Watchers Beyond the Scale/Smart Points will run on Thursdays from Sept. 8 to Oct.27 in the Patterson Building, Nursing Lecture Room at the Guthrie Sayre Campus. Meetings will be at 5:15 p.m. At least 15 members are needed for the group to become a reality. Cost is $80 prepaid per person (Visa, Master Card, Cash or Check) Weekly weigh in and meeting will take about 30 minutes of your time. We kindly request that you register in advance to ensure materials are available for all members.