Leadership Changes at Guthrie

Sayre, Pa. - As the conversion to a single CEO system led by Dr. Joseph Scopelliti continues at Guthrie, several personnel changes have taken place including the following:

• Effective March 21, 2012 Marie Droege will become the Interim President for the Guthrie Healthcare System. Marie will continue to serve in her current role as the Chief Operating Officer for Guthrie Healthcare System and all of her present roles and responsibilities will remain unchanged.
• Also effective on March 21, 2012, Dr. Frank Belardi will assume the role of President of the Guthrie Clinic. Dr. Belardi has served as the Executive Vice President for Clinical Affairs of the Guthrie Clinic for the past six years and was selected and affirmed as the President by the Guthrie Clinic Board of Directors and the Guthrie Clinic membership respectively.
• Dr. Tom Yaeger has been named Medical Informatics Officer for Guthrie Health. In this position, Dr. Yaeger is responsible for supporting the development of all Clinical Information Systems that assist clinicians in the delivery of high-quality care, as well as guiding the organization in the adoption and use of Clinical Information Systems.
• A new position, Chief of Staff for Guthrie health, has been created as part of the movement to a single CEO. Donnie Skerpon has been selected for that role. The major functions of this position will include liaison work with the various Boards within the organization serving as the primary conduit for interactions between the CEO and the Boards.  In addition, he will be responsible for governmental and regulatory relationships.
• Barb Chapman will assume the role of Director of Meaningful Use Projects and Objectives. This role will be responsible for system-wide integration of projects that relate to our electronic medical record and the meaningful use objectives that our organization has established.

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.