National Preparedness Month theme for 2017 is “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.” Anyone can help first responders in their communities if they are properly trained on how to respond during an emergency. The goal of the campaign is to increase the overall number of individuals, families and communities that engage in preparedness actions.
Each week of National Preparedness Month will have a new focus to help you prepare your response to a possible disaster:
Guthrie physicians, Dr. Jeffery Alwine, sports medicine and Dr. Andrea Worley, pediatrics, spent some time talking about back to school, sports safety and answering patient questions during a live video on Facebook this week. Check out the Guthrie Health Facebook page to view the replay.
The American Heart Association's Family and Friends CPR class is open to all ages, for free. This is a non-certification course and is purely for knowledge purposes. Performing CPR immediately on a person who is experiencing cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim's chance of survival. Click here to view the dates and locations of the training classes. To register, contact the Community Training Center at 570-887-6390.
The eighth season of the Guthrie Post-Concussion Support Group will meet on Sunday, September 17 at 2 p.m. on the Fourth Floor, Four Blue Conference Room at the Guthrie Clinic in Sayre, PA. This support group is free and open to any community member and their family dealing with a concussion.
There will be two Rural Trauma Team Development courses at Guthrie Corning Hospital Niagara and Seneca Conference Rooms on Thursday, September 7 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Tuesday, September 26 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. This course is designed to improve the quality of care to the rural trauma patient by addressing common problems, initial assessment, and stabilization of the injured. The class is limited to 30 attendees. Please RSVP by August 30 to Kristy Diffenderfer, RN at 607-937-7456.
The Food Farm Family Festival, held in Sayre on Saturday, Aug. 5, featured over 30 vendors to promote good health in the community. The event featured lots of farm-fresh food, cooking demonstrations, movement-based activities and more. More than 500 visitors are estimated to have attended. Thank you to all who made this festival a success, especially the planning committee and members of the Guthrie Weight Loss Center and Guthrie Wellness Program.
There will be floor renovations taking place in the Guthrie Sayre atrium beginning on August 7. The work will start nightly at 5 p.m. until complete, and may take up to two weeks. There will be detoured routes to accommodate anyone entering or leaving the facilities and directional signs and caution tape along the work areas as well as an employee to help guide people as needed. Contact Rennie Woodhouse, environmental services director, at 570-887-2193 if you have any questions.
The Guthrie Employee Health team has a number of resources available for employees who wish to quit tobacco use. If you are an employee looking for support, the first step is to contact Employee Health. You will be set up with individualized counseling, appropriate quit aids (e.g. patch, gum, medications) and ongoing support. In addition, there are a number of quit support resources available via phone, online, or through an app, which you may use in addition to or instead of the employee health program.
Guthrie patients now have the option to add a photo to their confidential electronic medical record at all Guthrie locations. This new feature provides an extra layer of security to patient identification, ensuring the correct medical record and insurance information are accessed when a patient receives care at Guthrie. The photo is optional, but patients are encouraged to participate.