Guthrie Appoints New President of Robert Packer Hospital

Joseph SawyerGuthrie is pleased to announce the appointment of Joseph T. Sawyer, Jr., MBA, FACHE, to the position of President, Robert Packer Hospital. Sawyer has been with Guthrie for 12 years. 

Paul VerValin, Guthrie Chief Operating Officer said: “We are particularly pleased when we can recognize and develop a progressive leader within our organization. Joe has served in several positions of increasing responsibility and has demonstrated significant leadership, which will serve him well as he steps up to lead Robert Packer Hospital.” 

Sawyer assumes his new role immediately. “I am humbled by the confidence placed in me and honored to be part of the rich history of Guthrie and Robert Packer Hospital,” he said. “In this new role, my vision for Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital will focus on strengthening relationships, challenging the status quo, being an accountable organization, and involvement with our surrounding communities. We play a major role within our communities and the region, to provide high quality, compassionate, and connected patient centered care,” said Sawyer. 

In 2006, Sawyer joined Guthrie as a Service Line Administrator in Radiology. He was promoted to Vice President, Imaging Services and Ancillary Testing; Vice President, Imaging Systems and Facility Operations, Vice President, Ancillary and Support Services and most recently served as Interim COO of Robert Packer Hospital.. He received his Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences from Florida Hospital College of Radiologic Sciences and a master’s in Business Administration from Bellevue University. He is a Fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives.

Guthrie is a non-profit integrated health system located in north central Pennsylvania and upstate New York, serving patients from an 11-county service area. Guthrie is a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, and is the first health system based in Pennsylvania and New York to join this network. Guthrie is comprised of a research institute, home care/hospice, hospitals in Sayre, Pa., Corning, N.Y., Towanda, Pa., and Troy, Pa., as well as a multi-specialty group practice of more than 300 physicians and 190 advanced practice providers in a regional office network encompassing 45 sub-specialty and primary care sites in 21 communities throughout Pennsylvania and New York. Guthrie offers a wide range of services and programs designed to enhance the health and well-being of those it serves.