Guthrie Awards Grant to Support Restoration of Local Park

Guthrie's Community Benefit Grant Program awarded $10,000 to Friends of the Valley Playland in support of its project to revitalize the current playland structure on South River Street in Athens, Pa. Updates to the current playland structure will improve safety and accessibility for all children and their families in the community, including those with mobility impairment.

Josephine Robles, program manager, NYS Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP), Guthrie said: “Guthrie is pleased to award funding toward the updates to Valley Playland and to promote healthy lifestyles for children and families. Guthrie’s Community Benefit Grant Program supports projects that target health challenges facing our communities.”

This grant was awarded as part of Guthrie’s Community Benefit Grant Program, which 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 2020-2023: 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; Lori Allen Unger, president, Friends of Valley Playland, Josephine Robles, program manager, NYS DSRIP, Guthrie; Dr. Charles Fedele, member, Community Benefits Committee; Kathe Vergason, member, Friends of Valley Playland; Joseph Sawyer, president, Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital.