Guthrie's Culture of Compassion

Guthrie's culture and values are founded on the life and work of Donald Guthrie, MD, who came to the booming railroad town of Sayre, Pa., in 1910. While completing his residency at the Mayo Clinic under the tutelage of William and Charles Mayo, Dr. Guthrie learned the benefits to patients of a group practice. Those values -- putting the needs of the patient first, teamwork, and excellence in patient care -- became the foundation of the group practice that bears his name. These values continue to guide Guthrie Clinic today.

Allan P. Kirby, a patient of Dr. Guthrie, experienced firsthand Guthrie's values and compassion. As a measure of gratitude, in 1944 Mr. Kirby purchased and gifted Dr. Guthrie an original study of the iconic painting, The Doctor, by Sir Samuel Luke Fildes. This somber scene highlights the total focus and compassion the doctor offers his young patient, who lies gravely ill. The study was fully restored in 2019 and is displayed prominently on our main campus in Sayre. It continues to resonate with clinicians and patients who seek personal, exceptional experiences with their health care teams.

Though medicine has undergone seismic shifts in the last 100 years, the heart of what Guthrie providers strive to give, and what patients hope to receive, has not changed. Guthrie's commitment to our vision to "improve health through clinical excellence and compassion. Every patient. Every time," steadfastly guides every decision, so that we may help our patients attain optimal, life-long health and well-being.

The Painting's History

A restoration project two years in the making.

Physician Engagement

The inspiration provided in the painting that is now on display in the Guthrie Clinic is needed now, more than ever.

The Unveiling

The unveiling of The Doctor painting by Sir Luke Fields, restored, and in its new permanent location outside Guthrie Clinic Administration in Sayre.

Explore the Region

This region offers breathtaking natural beauty and provides a quiet, safe environment for families with beautiful homes and neighborhoods. With plenty of cultural and sports activities of its own, Guthrie’s central location affords the benefits of dining, shopping, culture and recreation in small cities and communities, with easy access to big cities like New York and Philadelphia.

Take a moment to virtually explore some of the destinations we have to offer you.