Guthrie Awards Grant to Support Youth Programming

Guthrie’s Community Benefit Grant Program awarded $8,500 to Bradford County Branch YMCA in support of programs designed to help children and families increase their physical activity.

The YMCA will use the funds to provide scholarships to families in need of YMCA services, especially those aimed at reducing obesity and promoting healthy movement.

Laura Fitzgerald, Guthrie’s Vice President for Research and Education, said: “Guthrie is pleased to award funding to these local YMCA programs which 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 2016-2019: obesity, access to mental health providers, and cancer incidence with a focus on tobacco usage.

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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 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 325 physicians and 210 advanced practice providers in a regional office network encompassing 47 sub-specialty and primary care sites in 21 communities throughout Pennsylvania and New York. In addition, Guthrie offers home medical equipment and respiratory therapy products at six 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.

Donald Skerpon, Administrative Chief of Staff to the CEO at Guthrie, Charity Field, District Executive Director of the Bradford County Branch YMCA and Laura Fitzgerald, Vice President for Research and Education at Guthrie.