Guthrie Awards $15,000 in Grants to Support Community Health

Guthrie awarded four grants as part of its Community Benefit Grant Program. $7,750 was awarded to The Main Link in support of their SMART Recovery addiction recovery support group, $2,500 to Endless Mountain Mission Center in support of needed renovations at the Homeless Shelter, $4,000 to River Valley Regional YMCA – Bradford County Branch in support of its LIVESTRONG cancer support group, $750 to Wellsboro Foundation in support of its Children's Health Fair and. 

Laura Fitzgerald, Guthrie’s Vice President for Research and Education, said: “Guthrie is pleased to award funding to these local organizations which promote health and wellness for our neighbors. Guthrie’s Community Benefit Grant Program supports projects that target health challenges facing our communities.”

Guthrie’s Community Benefit Grant Program funds projects based on Guthrie’s Community Health Needs Assessment. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), requires non-profit hospitals to complete a community needs assessment (CHNA) every three years. The following areas of need were identified for 2016-2019: obesity, access to mental health providers, and cancer incidence with a focus on tobacco usage.

For more information, or to apply for a Guthrie Community Benefit Grant, please visit www.guthrie.org.

Guthrie is a non-profit integrated health system located in north central Pennsylvania and upstate New York, serving patients from a twelve-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., Troy, Pa. and Cortland, N.Y., as well as a multi-specialty group practice of more than 325 physicians and 210 advanced practice providers offering 47 specialties through a regional office network providing primary and specialty care in 22 communities in Pennsylvania and New York. In addition, Guthrie offers home medical equipment and respiratory therapy products at seven convenient Med Supply Depot locations. Guthrie provides a wide range of services and programs to enhance the health and well-being of those it serves.

Dr. Joseph Scopelliti, president and CEO, Guthrie; Jody Place, chair, Community Benefits Committee; Laura Fitzgerald, vice president, research and education, Guthrie; Brooks Eldredge-Martin, member, Community Benefits Committee; Donald Skerpon, administrative chief of staff to the CEO, Guthrie with Charity Field, district executive director, Bradford County Branch YMCA and Tammie Storrs, director, Endless Mountain Mission Center.