The Level II Trauma Center at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre Pennsylvania serves a large geographic area, covering about 10,000 square miles and eleven counties in north central Pennsylvania and south central New York. Last year, Guthrie’s Emergency Department saw nearly 36,000 visits, a 28% increase over its capacity of 28,000 visits per year.
“Throughout this growth, patients remain at the center of all that we do. Our dedicated physicians and staff have done a wonderful job of providing outstanding patient care, given the challenges of limited space and lack of patient amenities,” Guthrie President and CEO, Dr. Joseph Scopelliti
To better meet the needs of a growing patient population, Guthrie has unveiled the second phase of its renovated Emergency Department, specially designed to increase space, privacy, and efficiency. “This new space allows more room for the patient, their family and the caregiver team. The rooms are private, allowing for personal conversations to take place between the patient and health care provider,” System Chairman for the Department of Emergency Medicine, Dr. Marc Harris said.
“This expansion also launches Guthrie’s new Emergency Medicine Residency Program, which will allow us to train and graduate Emergency Medicine physicians,” Harris explained. Guthrie has a long history of providing excellent patient care and supporting outstanding medical education. With complimentary training programs in General Surgery, Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Gastroenterology and Cardiology, the new Emergency Medicine training program is the latest program developed to enhance the care for the community. Supporting these training programs fits well with Guthrie’s mission which seeks to provide excellent compassionate care and advance the knowledge of the profession while promoting learning and discovery.
The Emergency Medicine residents will have opportunities to train in various departments including anesthesia, radiology, orthopedics, neurology, EMS, cardiology, and more. Guthrie Emergency Medicine attendings, Dr. Gregory Christiansen and Dr. Lindsay MacConaghy, along with many other dedicated faculty members will lead the program.
By giving to the Forward Together campaign, donors can enhance Guthrie’s ability to meet the health care needs of the community, provide innovative treatment options for patients, fund important education opportunities for staff, and show caregivers, patients, and families that the best health care services are available in the Twin Tiers region.