Guthrie Chaplains to Host Flood Survivors Support Panel

Sayre, Pa. – The Department of Pastoral Care at Guthrie’s Robert Packer Hospital will offer a community forum for those impacted by September’s floods, “Too Deep for Boots: Building New Hope After the Flood.”

The forum will feature clergy from various faiths offering their guidance, a question-and-answer period and an opportunity for one-on-one counseling for those who would request it. The event will take place on Sunday, Jan. 15 from 2 – 3:30 p.m. in the Patterson Auditorium on the Guthrie campus in Sayre, Pa. 

“Four months after the flooding is about the time that people’s energy, both physical and spiritual, is ebbing,” said Michael Hughes, Robert Packer Hospital Chaplain. “They are starting to have serious questions about why this happened to them and how they can go on and do what needs to be done. Guthrie Health is a compassionate organization that cares for the whole person, not just the medical, so we felt obligated to help people address those issues.”

Participants in the panel discussion include:

• Rev. Andrew S. Hvozdovic, Epiphany Roman Catholic Church
• Dr. Zaman Marwat, Finger Lakes Islamic Center
• Rabbi Miriam Biatch, B'Nai Israel in Elmira
• Rev. Jira Albers, Trinity Lutheran Church of Towanda
• Chaplain Michael Hughes, Robert Packer Hospital

After the opening discussion, the panel will take written questions from the audience. In addition, one-on-one counseling will be available in private for those with more acute needs.

If you have questions about this forum, please contact Michael Hughes at (570) 887-4309.

Guthrie Health is a community-based, not-for-profit health care system jointly formed by Guthrie Healthcare System (GHS) and Guthrie Clinic, also not-for-profit health care organizations. GHS provides inpatient, outpatient and home-based services through Corning Hospital, Troy Community Hospital, Robert Packer Hospital, and Guthrie Home Care and Guthrie Hospice. Guthrie Clinic provides primary and specialty physician services at 25 regional clinics. Guthrie Health provides care for 200,000 patients annually within its eleven-county area service area across the northern tier of Pennsylvania and the southern tier of New York.