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Guthrie president, CEO to retire next year

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Today, Dr. Joseph Scopelliti announced his retirement after more than a decade as president and CEO of The Guthrie Clinic.

A search committee to select his successor was created by the organization’s board of directors, led by Johanna Ames, president of Ames Linen Service in Cortland.

“Working with our partners, we will commence a thorough, objective search for Dr. Scopelliti’s successor immediately, considering both internal and external candidates,” Ames said. “We look forward to welcoming a new CEO who will continue our history of exceptional leadership and patient-centered care.”

Dr. Scopelliti will continue in his current role in the meantime.

Officials hope to complete the transition in the second half of CY2021.

Prior to becoming an executive, Dr. Scopelliti started his career after finishing both a residency and fellowship at Guthrie in 1979. He continues to be a practicing gastroenterologist at the health system.

Additionally, he currently serves as a clinical professor at the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine.

The Department of Pennsylvania Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) recently recognized Scopelliti with their Outstanding Community Healthcare Employee of the Year Award for exemplary service and support to veterans and their families.

That was related to his establishment of the Guthrie Veterans Committee, which continues to identify and fulfill needs for veterans in Guthrie’s coverage area.


“My true legacy lives every day in the wonderful work of our colleagues; the Guthrie clinicians and staff who selflessly care for our patients and their families. Their strength, perseverance and continuing hard work to meet the health care needs of the communities we serve is humbling. Leading this organization has been both my greatest challenge and most rewarding accomplishment. I will forever be grateful to my mentors and those individuals who have supported the organization with their time and charitable giving, and for the support demonstrated throughout my tenure by every individual on the Guthrie team.” –Dr. Scopelliti

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