Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital Awarded Accreditation from the Joint Commission

Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Hospital Accreditation and Home Care Accreditation (dialysis and the outpatient clinic pharmacy).

“Guthrie is pleased to receive accreditation from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” said Marie Droege, Guthrie Executive Vice President, Hospital and Post-Acute Care Division. “Staff from across the organization continue to work together to develop and implement approaches that have the potential to improve care for the patients in our community.”
The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. 

Guthrie underwent a rigorous, unannounced on-site survey in September. During the review, a team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated compliance with standards related to several areas, including emergency management, environment of care, infection prevention and control, and leadership. Surveyors also conducted on-site observations and interviews.

The Joint Commission has accredited hospitals for more than 60 years, and has accredited home care since 1988. More than 4,000 hospitals and 6,000 home care programs currently maintain accreditation from The Joint Commission, awarded for a three-year period.

The Joint Commission’s hospital standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts, and patients. The standards are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help hospitals measure, assess and improve performance.

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission 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 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 290 physicians and 175 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.