Published April 20, 2012

Guthrie Breaks Ground on a New Hospital in Corning

More than 275 people watched the dream become reality as the ground breaking for the new Guthrie Corning Hospital happened on April 18. Lt. Governor of New York, Robert Duffy, conveyed the congratulations of the state government calling the project “impressive.” Corning Hospital President Shirley Magana said, “This project truly represents a new era in patient care for the residents of the region.” The 232,000 square foot facility will be two stories high and occupy a 67-acre site that will include the Corning Cancer Center and allow for future expansion. CEO Emeritus Mark Stensager, who helped guide the new hospital project for a decade, expressed pride at seeing the ground breaking happen. “We finally got here.”

The ceremony was broadcast live on WETM2 and streamed on WETM’s website. There was also extensive coverage by area television stations and newspapers.

Guthrie officials are joined by Town of Corning and Steuben County Officials and New York Lt. Governor Robert Duffy in the ceremonial shoveling of dirt for the new Guthrie Corning Hospital.

Guthrie Health President and CEO Dr. Joseph Scopelliti is joined by Corning Hospital President Shirley Magana and Corning Hospital Interim Medical Director Dr. Russel Woglom on some of the equipment that will be used to prepare the site.

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Improved Lab Turnaround Times

Reports for February show that the Guthrie Lab in Sayre met or exceeded the expected turnaround time greater than 90 percent of the time, both in the morning rounds, but also with stat orders throughout the day. Director Ceil Miller says the team took some actions last year to positively impact those times, including adjusting the phlebotomist schedules, starting phlebotomist rounding and starting a processing technician at 5 a.m.

National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week is April 22 -28 and this year’s theme is "Doing our Best with Every Test. " The Guthrie Lab professionals are certainly giving it their best.

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Epic Application for iPhone

There is now an Epic application for the iPhone for providers to use, improving access and convenience. For confidentiality reasons, no patient information will be stored locally on the device. But providers will be able to see a patient’s chart, track lab results, and see and reply to staff messages. If a provider is interested in this new functionality, they should call the IS Help Desk at 1-570-887-5380.

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Flag Raising at Robert Packer Hospital to Honor Organ Donors and Recipients

Robert Packer Hospital Robert joined with the Center for Organ Recovery and Education (CORE) to commemorate National Organ Donor Awareness Month. A flag raising ceremony was held last week on the Sayre campus to honor all the families who made the difficult decision to donate and the recipients who now live renewed lives. Individuals are encouraged to talk with family members and friends about making the pledge to become an organ, tissue and cornea donor. Each person that signs up to become a donor can help up to 50 people in need of a transplant.

Shante Wells, CORE's Director of Professional Services, Ruth Purtell, a kidney donor, Marsha Romberger, RN-ICU, Shirley Rose, an organ recipient and Guthrie employee, and Michael Hughes, pastor.

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Corning Hospital Auxiliary Receives Award

For the tenth year, the Corning Hospital Auxiliary is the recipient of the Healthcare Association of New York State Auxiliary Advocacy Recognition Award. This award is given to Auxiliaries that have committed significant time and effort to serving as advocates for their healthcare facilities and communities during the past year. The Corning Hospital Auxiliary is involved in in several projects each year including letter writing campaigns to elected officials that promote Corning Hospital and oppose budget cuts to healthcare, collection of emergency clothing for the Corning Painted Post Middle Schools and the organization of the Red Cross Blood Drives for Corning Hospital and the Guthrie Clinic Centerway offices.

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Robert Packer Hospital Using Communication Boards in Spanish

Dr. Carlos Garcia developed communication boards in Spanish for patients to let the nursing staff know what they need. The boards have words in Spanish with pictures so the patients can tell the staff when they are cold, in pain or need the position of the bed changed, along with other common patient requests. The boards have been distributed to all the units in Robert Packer Hospital for use.

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Basket Raffles – Deadline Today for Sayre Campus – Next Friday for Corning

Departments still have time to enter a basket in the Basket Raffle which will be part of the festivities during National Healthcare Week in May. In Sayre, the proceeds will benefit the Mark Stensager Human Service Fund, a program that helps both Guthrie employees and community members in times of need. In Corning, half of the proceeds will be raffled off to a lucky employee and the other half will go to the New Corning Hospital Fund. Today is the deadline to let the volunteer office know your department will participate, in Sayre – contact Cathy Sitzman. In Corning, departments need to notify Human Resources by next Friday.

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EAP Program on Addiction on the Sayre Campus

The Employee Assistance Program is sponsoring a new eight-week support group for parents, spouses, young people over the age of 18 and other family members who care about someone who has an addiction. Topics include what addiction is, how it works in the brain and what kind of treatment works. The first meeting is Tuesday, April 24, and it will continue weekly through June 19. It meets from 5:15 - 6:15 p.m. in Classroom B of the Patterson Learning Center. If you would like to attend, please arrange for a brief screening phone call. The EAP is at extension 5399, and Judy Kizale will schedule your screening call. This will be a confidential group.

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United Way Honors Corning Hospital Individuals

Congratulations to two members of the Corning Hospital Board and a physician for their recent awards from the United Way of the Southern Tier. Dave Iocco, longtime Board member and past Chairman, received the Errol Shand Award for his extensive volunteerism throughout the community. Thomas Tranter, Board member, was given the Advocacy award for his leadership roles with Chemung County, Corning Enterprises and the United Way. Dr. Michael Scalzone was recognized for his philanthropy. Dr. Scalzone is a member of the United Way’s Alexis de Tocqueville Society, which honors those who give $10,000 or more annually. All three men were honored at a dinner this week in Corning.

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VolunTEEN Scholarship Award Winner – Derek Young

Derek Young has been named the 2012 VolunTEEN Scholarship Award recipient. This annual award is sponsored by the Guthrie/Robert Packer Hospital Auxiliary and is presented to a high school senior who has completed at least 150 volunteer hours at Guthrie and is an active VolunTEEN during their senior year. Derek attends Sayre High School and has been volunteering in the VolunTEEN program at RPH since 2006, putting 288 hours into the program. Derek plans to attend Mansfield University to pursue a Bachelor of Music degree.

Derek Young receives his scholarship from Mary Ellen Shedd, Assistant Director/Youth Coordinator, Volunteer Services and Cathy Sitzman, Director of Volunteer Services.

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New Ways to Market Cardiac and Vascular Services 

In an effort to educate referring physicians across the region, a marketing piece has been created for Guthrie’s Cardiac and Vascular Center to highlight the capabilities of this center of excellence. An additional piece was also designed for vascular surgery to distinguish that specialty. These full-color brochures will be hand-delivered to referring physician offices by Guthrie’s Physician Liaison to ensure they know what is offered at Guthrie for cardiac and vascular care.

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Donation to the Nancy Quattrini Fund

A Walk was held at Athens High School to benefit the Nancy Quattrini Fund at Guthrie. “Pounding the Pavement for Pam” was organized by Keri Bean in memory of her Mother. She raised over $1100 from 60 participants and donated it to the Fund that benefits patients receiving chemotherapy and radiation treatments at the Guthrie Cancer Center on the Sayre campus.

Janet Morgan, RN, OCN, accepts a donation of money raised from a walk in memory of Keri Bean’s Mother.

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New Employee Discounts Added

There are several new employee discounts listed on the Guthrie intranet. Now available are special discount tickets to the Sterling Renaissance Festival. The Early Bird price runs from now through May 31:

  • Adult: $21.95 (a $4 discount) Adult: $22.95 (a $3 discount)
  • Child: $12.95 (a $3 discount) Child: $13.95 (a $2 discount)
  • Children 0-5 yrs. old are free

 Additions to the list of discounts include the Binghamton Mets, Morey’s Piers, Sam’s Club and Sylvan Beach Amusement Park. Check out the entire list on the Guthrie intranet. Click on Employee Discounts on the Quick Navigator.

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Guthrie Healthcare Week Celebration – Friday, May 4

National Health Care Week will kick off with a blast for Guthrie employees. The Blue Jean Blast will take place on Friday, May 4 at the Holiday Inn-Riverview in Elmira from 7 – 11 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person and the menu includes hot dogs, wings, coleslaw and cake. There will be a cash bar. Music will be by “Old Friends”, who played for the 2011 Holiday Gathering. Tickets are available on the Sayre campus from the Organizational Development Department, the Gift Shop, and the cafeteria. Tickets can also be purchased at Troy Community Hospital, Corning Centerway, Corning Hospital Business Office Cashiers and the Albro Center Business Office.

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Dr. DeRegis Accepted into Residency Program

Dr. David DeRegis, Occupational Medicine, has been accepted into the Occupational Medicine Residency program at the University of Pennsylvania, effective this July. This will be combined with his ongoing efforts toward completion of the Masters in Public Health at the Medical College of Wisconsin. The successful completion of both of these programs will establish Board eligibility in Preventive Medicine for Dr. DeRegis.

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Service Excellence

This is the final piece of service excellence guidance from the Guthrie Standards of Performance booklet. Fittingly, it is about Stewardship:

  • We use equipment properly
  • We eliminate waste of supplies and materials
  • We turn down/off lights, heat and air conditioning when not in use
  • We share what we learn from others to build a better team and improve services

Service Excellence training, called “Moving from Good to Great” is now a part of new employee orientation. Any employee who has not had the training can take it during Orientation, 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. in the Patterson Auditorium (orientation meets the 3rd Monday of each month except Nov. and Dec. when it is the 2nd Monday).

If a department needs additional Standards of Performance booklets, they are available from Janice Bennett in Organizational Development.

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