“John and I both realize how blessed we are to have a hospital in our community. We value the convenience and the accessibility of having good care near us.” – Nan Estep
The sound of a helicopter taking off nearby has become familiar to John and Nan Estep.
The couple’s home and business, E-Tech Industrial Corp., is located a half-mile from Guthrie Troy Community Hospital. As part of a Level IV trauma center, the rural hospital’s Emergency Department staff are specially trained to stabilize critical patients in order to transfer them via helicopter to Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital, in Sayre.
“I know many lives have been saved in our community because of it,” says Nan, who, along with John, knows people who have been life-flighted using the helicopter.
A lifelong Troy resident, John was born at Troy Hospital prior to its relationship with Guthrie. Nan worked at Robert Packer Hospital in the histology lab for 22 years before leaving so the couple could start their own business. All of the couple’s children were born in Guthrie hospitals.
“The care we have received at Guthrie has always been excellent,” Nan says. “Doctors and nurses have always been really caring and they talk to you at a level that you understand.”
So, in 2013, when they were asked to support what would become the new and improved Guthrie Troy Community Hospital, John and Nan were more than happy to help.
“What came to mind was the fact that a lot of family members – my grandparents, my parents, aunts, uncles, and cousins – and a lot of friends have all been cared for through the facilities here in Troy, and how meaningful it is to have that facility and that service within our community,” says John, who joined the Guthrie Troy Community Hospital Board of Trustees and the Guthrie Board of Trustees in 2015.
Guthrie Troy Community Hospital: Then and Now
Troy Hospital was founded in 1950 and became part of Guthrie’s integrated system in 1984. In 2013, with the help of donors like the Esteps, the original hospital was replaced with a new 17,500-square-foot state-of-the-art facility. The new hospital features 25 private in-patient rooms and the latest in medical equipment and technology and employs many people in the community.
“Having a hospital in your community is so beneficial,” Nan says of the couple’s decision to donate to the new hospital. “We knew that it would be an incredible facility and would benefit so many in our community, not only in care but in providing a livelihood for a lot of people in our community.”
Specialized Services, Close to Home
In addition to a level of trauma care that is rare in rural areas like Bradford County, the Esteps are proud of the many other services available at Guthrie Troy Community Hospital.
“I don’t think our community really knows about all of the specialized services they can obtain through our hospital here,” John says, adding that in the past, people had to go to Sayre more often for care. But now they can get many services, including blood tests, imaging, general and orthopedic surgery, physical therapy, and more, performed right in their backyard.
The couple is also proud of the emphasis the entire Guthrie system places on patient care and on always getting better at what it does. These values, they say, are exemplified in Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital’s upgraded Emergency Department, as well as technological offerings like the eGuthrie patient portal and the Guthrie mobile app.
“That shows that Guthrie is willing to expand and grow with the times and recognize that people do things differently today than they did 10 years ago,” John says.
John and Nan continue to support Guthrie, including through John’s work on the board and through a fundraiser, they held at their home last year. John says there are a lot of local families, just like his, that have benefitted tremendously from having Guthrie Troy Community Hospital and the Guthrie system in their lives.
“If people stopped to think about the impact that the hospital has had on their families over time, I think they would realize what an asset it is not just on a personal level but on a community level,” he says.