Friday Facts

COVID-19 Patient Status

National COVID-19 vaccination data continues to demonstrate that unvaccinated individuals are at greater risk of severe illness, hospitalization and ICU admission. Local COVID hospitalizations and ICU admissions fluctuate daily. 

The graphic below illustrates Guthrie inpatient data for today, Dec. 3. This represents hospital inpatients at all four Guthrie hospitals, as well as Robert Packer Hospital’s Towanda campus. ICU patients are included in the overall hospitalization total. 



Recruitment Success

Guthrie continues its push to bolster staffing by filling positions with the kind of great talent that our patients deserve. Leaders have taken several steps to attract new talent to the organization and we are pleased to report that these steps have been successful in bringing new employees to Guthrie. This week, we are sharing the success of recent efforts to fill Patient Care Partner vacancies at Guthrie Corning Hospital.



Last Chance: Employee Engagement Pulse Survey Closes Dec. 6

The Employee Engagement Committee is administering Pulse Surveys to all providers and employees via Microsoft Forms.

  • Employees: The survey link was sent to leaders to email employees in their area(s) of responsibility. The link is also available by clicking here. The survey consists of 15 power items and six engagement items. At the end of the survey, employees are asked to select their entity first and then their manager/work unit (listed alphabetically by manager first name). If you have questions about this information, please reach out to your manager.
  • Providers: Dr. Bloom emailed the survey link to all providers on Monday, Nov. 15. The survey link is also available by clicking here. The survey consists of six engagement items and providers are asked to select their specialty and primary service region at the end.

Both surveys will run until Monday, Dec. 6. The survey links are also available on the intranet and Workplace. All survey feedback is anonymous, and leaders will only see the overall results for their work units that receive at least three responses. The Employee Engagement Committee thanks you for your support in this very important process.



2021 Turkey Trot Raises More Than $30,000

Over 700 runners completed the 15th Annual Guthrie Sayre Turkey Trot last week. More than $30,000 was raised for the Guthrie Cancer Care Fund, making it a record setting year for the event. The Cancer Care Fund provides financial assistance to Guthrie cancer patients in need.

Thank you to this year’s sponsors:

  • Presenting Sponsor: Robert Packer Hospital Auxiliary
  • Platinum Sponsor: Williams Toyota of Sayre
  • Gold Sponsors: Chesapeake Energy Corporation, Owego Collison Carstar, FirstEnergy Corp., Sayre American Legion Post 283
  • Kids Fun Run Sponsor: Cabinetworks
  • Additional Sponsors: Original Italian Pizza, Ted Clark’s Busy Market, The Morning Times, Tops Markets, Bradford County Regional Arts Council, Bishop’s Fulltime Portables, and Carl Etshman Co.

Save the date for next year’s race on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24, 2022. Registration opens on Jan. 1, 2022. For race details, visit

turkey trot


Employee Holiday Gift Distribution

Distribution of the employee holiday food gift will occur the week of Dec. 6. Please see the list below for instructions on how you will receive your gift based on your work location.

  • Sayre Campus: Managers on the Sayre campus have been sent a meeting invite for the time of pickup of their department’s gifts on Dec. 6 to take back and distribute in their area.
  • Cortland, Troy and Towanda Campus Hospitals: Dietary leaders will be coordinating the pickup times for managers/employees.
  • Corning Hospital: Administration will be delivering items to the departments during the day.
  • All other locations: See schedule linked below.

Click here to view the schedule. All items must be claimed on the day of delivery. Any items not picked up will be forfeited and sent back to Keck's. If employees will be out of the office the day of their delivery, they should work with their manager to have their item stored within their department. Managers may contact Michelle Watkins at with any questions.



Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital Pillars of Excellence

The December Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital Pillars of Excellence Award was presented to Ashley DeMuth, ED.

Ashley was nominated by her manager, who said, “Ashley is a Clinical Level III RN who functions as a triage nurse, a trauma nurse, a charge nurse, and a preceptor in the Emergency Department (ED). She is a strong member, and leader, of the ED team. She is well respected by her colleagues and is viewed as a knowledgeable, experienced resource by those that work with her.” Ashley received an engraved award, flowers, and a parking spot for the month of December. The Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital Pillars of Excellence Award is presented monthly to an employee who demonstrates consistent, positive behaviors and meets eligibility criteria. Nomination forms and award criteria are available on the Guthrie Intranet or from department managers. 

Congratulations to the others who were nominated for this month: Julie Sturzen, Food and Nutrition; Maria Scorzelli, 6 West; Aaron Bennett, EVS; Michael Dwornik, EVS.


Joe Sawyer, President of Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital presents award to Ashley DeMuth, honoree.

GCMC Honors November MVV in ACTION Award Winner

Emily Bowers, Patient Service Supervisor at Guthrie Cortland Medical Center, was selected as the Mission, Vision, Values in ACTION Award winner for the month of November.

Emily was nominated by Carly Nichols, Program Manager, Community and Hospital-Based Projects, who said, “Emily is a team player and has been building community since she arrived. She is optimistic and cheerful, always looking for ways to help out and add fun. She is a problem solver, is encouraging and supportive of her coworkers and always looking for ways to support her staff or help them connect to meaningful projects that facilitate Guthrie's mission, vision, and values.”

Guthrie Cortland Medical Center employees can click here to nominate a colleague they admire for their hard work and dedication.


Emily Bowers, honoree, is presented award from Jen Yartym, GCMC President, and Joe Johnston, GCMC VP of Operations.

Guthrie Hospice Seeking Volunteers

Guthrie Hospice is seeking new volunteers to provide support for our hospice patients and their families. Applicants must be at least 16 years of age, must have parental consent if under 18, and have a current driver’s license.

Volunteer duties can include any of the following: visiting with patients in their homes or residences, reading or other activities the patient enjoys; practical assistance such as light laundry, light housekeeping, and light meal preparation; providing respite care for patient caregivers so they can get out of the house to take some time for themselves or run errands.

Training will be held at the Guthrie Hospice office at 421 Tomahawk Road in Towanda from 1-5 p.m. beginning Jan. 18 and will continue every Tuesday and Friday for the remainder of the month of January. All sessions must be attended, and a total of 16 hours will be completed.

For more information or to register, please contact Guthrie Hospice at 570-265-8615.



Guthrie Pulmonology Now Offering Bronchoscopic Lung Volume Reduction

Guthrie Pulmonology now offers a new treatment for patients with severe emphysema, a type of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Bronchoscopic Lung Volume Reduction (BLVR), a minimally invasive procedure proven to help patients breathe easier, is an alternative to traditional lung volume reduction surgery after traditional methods such as medication, oxygen treatment and pulmonary rehabilitation have failed. BLVR requires no cuts or stitches, using a bronchoscope to place one-way valves within damaged lung tissue, relieving hyperinflation.

Patients who are successfully treated for severe emphysema experience less shortness of breath and are better able to exercise and complete everyday activities. BLVR reduces lung volume without removing sections of the lung and improves breathing by expanding healthy sections of the lung. As a minimally invasive procedure, BLVR offers additional benefits to patients:

  • Reduced surgery risk
  • Faster recovery time
  • Reversible in case of patient complications

Patients can expect a CT scan, as well as a pulmonary function test, prior to undergoing Bronchoscopic Lung Volume Reduction. Guthrie Pulmonology reviews each patient’s case to determine which of the two FDA-approved valves will be used for the procedure.

For more information and to discuss referrals, please contact the Guthrie Sayre Pulmonology office directly at 570-887-2847 and choose option 3.



Ways to Give Back this Holiday Season

Angel Trees at Guthrie Cortland Medical Center
Guthrie Cortland Medical Center employees have two chances to make someone’s Christmas more special this season. The RCF (Guthrie Cortland Nursing and Rehabilitation Center) is running its Adopt a Resident program with an Angel Tree in the hospital cafeteria. Suggested gifts are on the back of each paper angel that is hung on the tree. Wrapped gifts need to be dropped off by Thursday, Dec. 20 in the main lobby of the hospital or you can contact the RCF Therapeutic Recreation Staff on Cedar Run by calling 607-756-3934 to arrange pick up of your gift.

There is also a Salvation Army Angel Tree in the GCMC Coffee Shop, with tags for children who need your help this season. To participate, please take a tag and buy a gift for that child. Unwrapped gifts with corresponding tag must be returned to Jarrod Kolodziejczyk in the coffee shop by Thursday, Dec. 13.

Angel Tree at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital
An Angel Tree is on display in the Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital Cafeteria until Wednesday, Dec. 15. The tree is sponsored by The Salvation Army, which provides assistance to children in the Athens, Sayre and Waverly School districts. Tags representing the children in our area who need your help this holiday season are hung on the tree. Those who would like to help a child this Christmas can remove a tag from the tree, purchase the desired gifts listed on the tag, put them in a bag and bring the bag with the tag attached to the volunteer office in Sayre between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, on or before Dec. 15. Please be sure that the gifts are unwrapped and that the tag is attached. Gifts go to the specific child on the tag. If you have questions, please contact Michele Varano at 570-887-4242.

Christmas is for Kids
In partnership with the Guthrie Veterans group, the Young Professional Network is spearheading a toy collection this holiday season. Employees are asked to donate toys to support WATS-WAVR's toy drive for the Salvation Army. Donations are used to support local families in need. If you would like to donate a toy to this special cause, please bring it unwrapped to the Human Resources reception area in the Foundation Building on the Guthrie Sayre campus between Dec. 6-17.



Guthrie Children’s Coloring Contest

Guthrie is holding a Holiday Coloring Contest for children across the system and submissions are now being accepted.

All children 12 and under may enter the contest and every entrant will receive a gift. One winner in each age group will be selected for a grand prize. Download an age-group appropriate picture from the Guthrie Holiday Coloring Contest page by clicking the link below or pick one up in any Guthrie hospital cafeteria.

Contest submissions will be accepted until Dec. 15 at 5 p.m. Voting will take place from Dec. 16-19. Employees can submit their vote by "liking" the photo of the entry, which will be posted in a special Workplace group that will go live on Dec. 16. Winners will be announced on Dec. 20. All pictures will be displayed in hospital cafeterias and select pictures will be used as placemats for hospital meals.

To enter, visit where you can download the pictures and see more information.



December EAP Healthy Living Support

December’s EAP theme is New Beginnings: Committing to a Fresh Start. Every sunrise means another opportunity for self-improvement, and the new year provides a perfect starting point for making positive changes. No matter the challenges you might face, cultivating healthy habits and reducing stress may be easier than you think. Join us for a flash course on healthy living to learn more about the physical and mental aspects of maintaining a healthy lifestyle by clicking here.

This month’s live webinar is also on healthy living, and will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 8 from 12:15 -1:15 p.m. This workshop will review the essentials of healthy nutrition, weight management and exercise. Participants will learn about the building blocks of wellness to understand how to live a healthier lifestyle just in time to start the New Year off right. Please register by clicking here. If you are unable to attend, a recorded version will be available on the Guthrie Intranet Employee Assistance page, as well as posted on Workplace.

For confidential guidance, support, resources, and referrals to help you or a loved one, help is available 24/7 by calling SupportLinc 1-866-838-3271.



Guthrie Community Bereavement Support Group

Guthrie Hospice will offer a free four-week Community Bereavement Support Group beginning Wednesday, Jan. 5 and continuing every Wednesday through Jan. 26. Sessions will run from 12-1:30 p.m. at Guthrie Hospice, 421 Tomahawk Road, Towanda, Pa., 18850.

Topics covered during the program will include understanding the grief process, coping skills, communication, and stress management. Those attending this support group will find comfort and guidance from others who have suffered a loss and will know that they are not alone in their grief.

To register or with questions, call Guthrie Hospice at 570-265-8615.

support group


Time Is Running Out: Deadline for Employee Flu Vaccine is Dec. 15

The deadline to receive the flu shot is Dec. 15. Employee flu vaccine clinics are available on a walk-in basis. Click here for a full list of currently scheduled employee flu vaccine clinics throughout the Guthrie system including new dates added this week. Consent forms will be provided for employees to sign on a computer screen at the time of admission. 

Employees who receive the vaccine from a non-Guthrie facility must click here for the form and instructions to upload their documentation. For more information about the flu vaccine, click here for the Influenza Vaccination Information Sheet. 



Compliance Training Due Dec. 17

The deadline for completing Compliance Training is Dec. 17. All employees must complete the modules assigned to them in Guthrie Learn by this date. To access them, go to Guthrie Learn and sign in to your account. The next step is to click on “My Training to Complete” to see your assigned modules. If you have any trouble accessing or opening the modules, please contact the IT Helpdesk at 570-887-5380.



Employee COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Clinics

Guthrie is offering multiple employee COVID-19 vaccine booster clinics to ensure the health and safety of staff and patients. Supplies dictate which version of the vaccine is available in different locations. Employees who have received their second dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at least six months ago are eligible to receive the booster. Employees who received the single-dose Janssen vaccine at least two months ago are eligible to receive the booster. 

Click here for the full list of COVID-19 vaccine booster clinics throughout the Guthrie system. Employees need to schedule their appointment through eGuthrie and bring their physical vaccination card with them to their appointment.



GCMC Quick Charge Feature Coming to an End

Effective Dec. 11, Guthrie Cortland Medical Center employees will no longer have access to Quick Charge, the program that currently allows Cortland staff to pay for items in the café and coffee shop through payroll deduction. This change is a result of the upcoming switch from Meditech to PeopleSoft, which is incompatible with Quick Charge. Please remember to bring a form of payment with you to the café and coffee shop going forward.

Maintaining a Safe Work Environment

COVID numbers are once again on the rise nationwide, and as a health care system, we must do all we can to keep our patients and co-workers safe. If you are experiencing possible symptoms of COVID or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive, please follow the steps outlined by Employee Health:

  • If you are experiencing symptoms, contact your manager before reporting to work. Click here for guidance.
  • If you have been exposed to someone with COVID, click here.

We all play a role in keeping patients, and each other safe. 

sick day


Reminder of Important Upcoming Deadlines

Several important deadlines are approaching for Guthrie employees. Please refer to the list below to ensure you are completing your tasks before the due date.

  • Pulse Survey – Dec. 6
  • Employee Flu Vaccine – Dec. 15
  • Annual Training Modules – Dec. 17
  • Annual Performance Reviews – Dec. 31


This Week on Workplace

Christmas gifts for residents

The GCMC Financial Operations team brought early Christmas gifts for residents of the Guthrie Cortland Nursing and Rehab Center.

Club Guthrie

Club Guthrie, the employee gym on the Guthrie Sayre campus, had a ribbon cutting celebration for its re-opening this week.

Guthrie Bowling League

The Guthrie Bowling League had its final game of the season with the "Splits and Giggles" team taking the win.

Thanksgiving placemats

Towanda and Epiphany school students made Thanksgiving placemats for Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital patients to enjoy.

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

Events Across the Guthrie System

Whitechapel Ringers Play Christmas Music – Dec. 5 at 3 p.m. at the United Presbyterian Church, located at 25 Church Street in Cortland. Donations accepted in support of Guthrie Cortland Medical Center.

Getting Through the Holidays Support Session – Dec. 8 from 3-4:30 p.m. at Guthrie Hospice in Towanda. 

Have a Guthrie story to share?
Call 570-887-4415 or email

All stories for the week need to be submitted by Wednesday at 12 p.m.