Guthrie Awards $5,000 Community Benefit Grant to Health Ministry of the Southern Tier

Sayre, Pa. – Guthrie recently awarded a $5,000 grant to the Health Ministry of the Southern Tier in support of programs offering health care to the uninsured. The ministry offers primary medical, dental and eye care through clinics in Bath, Corning, Elmira and Watkins Glen, N.Y. Services are primarily provided by volunteer professionals, in addition to paid nurses, hygienists, dental assistants and receptionists. Guthrie’s grant will be used to cover some of the costs of laboratory and diagnostic tests, medical supplies, facility costs and training for volunteers and staff.

This award is part of Guthrie’s Community Benefit Grant Program, which funds projects that address areas of need within the community 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 were identified for 2013-2016: obesity, lung cancer, and access to primary care.

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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 comprised of a research institute, home care/hospice, hospitals in Sayre, Pa., Corning, N.Y., and Troy, Pa., as well as a multi-specialty group practice of more than 260 physicians and 130 mid-level providers in a regional office network encompassing sub-specialty and primary care sites in 23 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.


Photo Caption: Michael Slovak, Executive Director of the Health Ministry of the Southern Tier; Laura Fitzgerald, Director of Research and Clinical Innovation, Guthrie; Susan Storch, Co-Chair of Guthrie's Community Benefit Committee