The members of the Guthrie Senior Leadership Team are listed below:
Joseph A. Scopelliti, MD
Dr. Scopelliti is President and Chief Executive Officer of Guthrie. He joined Guthrie Clinic, Sayre, PA in 1984 and today is both the CEO and a practicing gastroenterologist at Guthrie Clinic. He has served in many roles within the Guthrie Clinic and Guthrie Healthcare System, including President of the RPH Medical Staff, Chair of the Quality Committee and Vice-President for Clinical Affairs for the Guthrie Clinic. He serves as a Clinical Instructor with the State University of New York Upstate Medical University at Syracuse, N.Y. and since 2005, he has also been associated with the University of Rochester, Rochester, N.Y., as an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine. A Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine in the Subspecialty of Gastroenterology and the National Board of Medical Examiners, he is a published researcher and serves as the Chairman of the Guthrie Graduate Medical Education Committee.
Paul G Vervalin, MBA, FACMPE
Paul VerValin is Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer for Guthrie, responsible for the operational performance of the multi-specialty group practice and three-hospital system. In addition, Mr. VerValin is responsible for strategic business development and strategic partnerships for Guthrie Health. He served as a key leader of Guthrie Clinic and Guthrie Health from 1994-2004 in a series of roles leading up to Senior Vice President of System Operations. Mr. VerValin subsequently became President and Chief Operating Officer of North Shore Physicians Group and Vice President of Physician Services for North Shore Medical Center, a division of Partners Healthcare in Boston, Mass. Most recently, he has served as the President and Chief Administrative Officer of the Northeast Georgia Physicians Group and Senior Vice President of Northeast Georgia Health System in Gainesville, Georgia. Mr. Vervalin earned Master of Business Adminstration and Master of Science Degrees from Florida Institute of Technology. He is a member of the American Medical Group Association and a fellow of the American College of Medical Practice Executives.
Francis G. Belardi, MD, FAAFP
Dr. Belardi is President and Chief Executive Officer for Guthrie Medical Group, and serves on the clinical faculty of the State University of New York Upstate Medical University at Syracuse and Binghamton, N.Y., and is a Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at the Commonwealth Medical College of Pennsylvania, Scranton, Pa.. In addition to serving as a previous director of Robert Packer Hospital’s Family Medicine Residency Program, he completed a faculty development fellowship at the University of North Carolina, School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, and the National Institute for Program Director Development for Family Medicine Residency Directors. Dr. Belardi completed a residency in Family Medicine at the Ohio State University Hospitals and has been certified and recertified by the American Board of Family Medicine since 1978.
Richard I. Bennett, CPA
Rick Bennett, is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Guthrie. He comes to Guthrie from Crozer-Keystone Health System in Philadelphia, Pa. where, for 18 years, he served as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer. His responsibilities there included strategic direction and management of five hospitals and a network of 350 employed physicians. Prior to Crozer, Bennett was with the Presbyterian Medical Center of Philadelphia as Executive Vice President for Finance. His education includes a Bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Scranton, Scranton, Pa.. Bennett is a CPA and a Fellow with the Healthcare Financial Management Association. He is also a member of the Hospital and Health System Association of Pennsylvania.
Paul Chacona is Executive Vice President Operational Excellence leading Guthrie’s Lean Six Sigma strategic initiatives, focused on improving quality and reducing costs in administrative and clinical operations. He has 38 years of experience in managing health care administrative affairs. He is a graduate of the Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital School of Respiratory Therapy with an associate’s degree in applied science from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, Pa., and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Elmira College, Elmira, N.Y. Chacona began his employment with Guthrie in 1973. He is a member of the Medical Group Management Association, and the American Medical Group Association. In addition, he has been a Board Member of the Guthrie Same Day Surgery Center in Big Flats, N.Y. since 1999.
Marie T. Droege, MHA, FACHE
Marie T. Droege is President of Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital. She has administrative oversight of Guthrie’s three hospitals, as well as Guthrie Home Care, Guthrie Same Day Surgery, Guthrie Hospice, and Med Supply Depot. Prior to joining Guthrie she was Chief Operating Officer of Kaiser Oakland Medical Center in Oakland, Calif., part of the Kaiser Permanente Health System. She also has 14-years experience in senior level executive management roles with Bon Secours Health System and five years with the ServantCor Health System. She is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and received her Master’s Degree in Health Administration from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo.
Frank Pinkosky is Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources for Guthrie. With 25 years of experience at the DuPont Company at a variety of northeastern and southwestern plants, office and distribution locations, he has served in functions within manufacturing and operational leadership; corporate human resources; safety, health and environmental management; sales and marketing; customer service and distribution; and accounting. During his tenure at DuPont, Pinkosky gained experience in the Six Sigma data-driven approach to process improvement. His educational background includes a Bachelor Degree in Accounting from St. Bonaventure University, Olean, N.Y.
Michael Scalzone, MD, MHCM, FACOG
J. Michael Scalzone, MD is Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs for the Guthrie Medical Group. He has been with Guthrie since 1998 and served as Associate Vice President for Medical Affairs and chairman of the OB-GYN department. .He served as the Chief, Section of Obstetrics and Gynecology, for Guthrie Clinic Corning Region from 1998-2008. Dr. Scalzone received his Masters in Health Care Administration from Harvard University in 2008. He completed a residency in OB-GYN from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio and medical school at the Pennsylvania State University, Hershey, Pa. Dr., Scalzone served as a member of the Guthrie Clinic Board of Directors from 2002-2008 and a member of the Guthrie Corning Hospital Board of Directors from 2005 to present.
Donald “Donnie” Skerpon is the Administrative Chief of Staff to the Chief Executive Officer of Guthrie. Skerpon’s responsibilities include serving as the primary conduit for interactions between the CEO and the various Boards within the organization. In addition, he is responsible for governmental and regulatory relationships as well as community interactions on specific projects. He spent nearly a year with Guthrie as an experienced Administrative Fellow His background is as a Program/Project Manager for Lockheed Martin in Owego, N.Y. where he led several projects including the development of specialized helicopters for the purpose of aerial re-supply. Skerpon earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering at Penn State.
Staci Thompson, MHA, CMPE
Staci Thompson is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Guthrie Medical Group. Thompson has served in various leadership roles in her 18-year career with Guthrie Clinic including Vice President of Guthrie Health with system-wide responsibility for strategic planning and marketing and provider recruitment, Vice President of Operations for Guthrie Clinic, and Vice President of Oncology Services. Her education includes a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Gannon University in Erie, Pa. and a Master in Health Administration from Penn State University. She is member of the American Medical Group Association and Certified Medical Practice Executive.