Guthrie Offers Free Presentation for Employers on Sleep Apnea

Sayre, Pa. – As part of a series of free presentations for employers interested in learning about occupational safety and health and preventing job-related illness and injury, the Guthrie Occupational Medicine Industrial Advisory Committee will present, “Sleep Apnea for the Layperson,” with Guthrie Clinic Pulmonologist Sean Devine, MD, Thursday, April 10 at 8 a.m. in the Patterson Auditorium on the Guthrie Sayre Campus.

Sleep apnea is a common disorder in which people experience pauses in breathing or shallow breathing during sleep. It is usually an ongoing condition that results in poor quality of sleep. It causes daytime fatigue and sleepiness, which are linked to issues of safety, productivity, and absenteeism in the workplace.

Under new guidelines from the federal government, commercial truck drivers who have risk factors for sleep apnea must be evaluated for the condition. Sleep apnea is a serious health condition that contributes to driver fatigue, increasing the chance of dangerous roadway accidents.

For more information or to register for this presentation, please call 800-244-4886 or email Maggie Barnes at

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.